Producer Profile: Willowdale Sheep & Lamb, Steinbach, MB

By Randy Eros It was a cool, cloudy January afternoon when I pulled into the parking area at Willowdale Sheep & Lamb, 10 minutes south of Steinbach, Manitoba. The farm sits on a ¼-section (160 acres) that is part of a larger operation owned by Apex Farms. Harry...

Managing waste in round-bale feeding systems

By Cathy Gallivan, PhD Sheep farmers who feed round bales are familiar with their convenience and also with the resulting high feed waste, even when round-bale feeders are used. Many unique designs of round-bale feeders have been developed and some claim to reduce or...

Producer profile: Woolley’s Lamb, Simcoe, Ontario

By Cathy Gallivan, PhD Schuyler Farms Limited, located near Simcoe, Ontario, consists of 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans, 700 acres of apples, 550 acres of sour (pie) cherries, and 400 acres of pasture and woodlot. The farm is run by brothers Brett and Ryan Schuyler,...

Feed for Profit: Mineral Supplementation

by Dale Engstrom, M.Sc., P.Ag I am often asked about using free-choice loose and block minerals. Are they needed? Do they do a good job of providing essential nutrients to sheep? Are they cost effective? Let’s start by reviewing what minerals are. Minerals fit into...

Drover’s Way Farm, Perth, Ontario

Story by Cathy Gallivan, PhD, Photos by Allison Taylor, PhD Oliver and Sarah Loten have been raising sheep for 20 years and, like most sheep farmers, have made a lot of changes to their flock and their management in that time. They started on a hobby farm near...

Producer Profile: Millferns Holsteins, Lower Onslow, NS

Story & photos by Cathy Gallivan, PhD I met with Fred and Anne Hamilton on a sunny day in early July, on the farm that has been in Fred’s family since the expulsion of the Acadians in 1760. The original land grant was 1,000 acres. By 1802, the family had eight...

Producer Profile: Red Willow Colony, Stettler, AB

Story by Peggy Johnson, Photos by Tracy Hagedorn After months of winter gloom, it was wonderful to drive across central Alberta on a sunny morning and experience the magic of spring: soft green of new leaves emerging from tree buds, the hint of grass in the roadside...

Producer Profile: Catto Sheep Farm, Lipton, SK

Story & photos by Stuart Chutter Martin and Louise Catto farmed in Scotland prior to moving to Canada almost 15 years ago. Although their principal enterprise was dairy farming, they would purchase 500 ewes each year in the fall, lamb them out in the spring and...

Producer Profile: Bouw Farms, Dugald, Manitoba

Story & photos by Cathy Gallivan, PhD On a cold, grey, October day, I met with Stefan Bouw on his family’s farm about 20 miles east of Winnipeg. I visited Stefan to talk about their recently established sheep flock but, as is often the case, discovered that the...

Producer Profile: Shepherd’s Choice, Norwood, ON

By Cathy Gallivan, PhD Photos by Allison Taylor, PhD At a time when more producers than ever are turning to accelerated lambing, one couple who tried it for eight years has made the decision to go back to lambing once a year. John and Eadie Steele have been raising...

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Producer Profile: Willowdale Sheep & Lamb, Steinbach, MB

By Randy Eros It was a cool, cloudy January afternoon when I pulled into the parking area at Willowdale Sheep & Lamb, 10 minutes south of Steinbach, Manitoba. The farm sits on a ¼-section (160 acres) that is part of a larger operation owned by Apex Farms. Harry...

Managing waste in round-bale feeding systems

By Cathy Gallivan, PhD Sheep farmers who feed round bales are familiar with their convenience and also with the resulting high feed waste, even when round-bale feeders are used. Many unique designs of round-bale feeders have been developed and some claim to reduce or...

Producer profile: Woolley’s Lamb, Simcoe, Ontario

By Cathy Gallivan, PhD Schuyler Farms Limited, located near Simcoe, Ontario, consists of 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans, 700 acres of apples, 550 acres of sour (pie) cherries, and 400 acres of pasture and woodlot. The farm is run by brothers Brett and Ryan Schuyler,...

Feed for Profit: Mineral Supplementation

by Dale Engstrom, M.Sc., P.Ag I am often asked about using free-choice loose and block minerals. Are they needed? Do they do a good job of providing essential nutrients to sheep? Are they cost effective? Let’s start by reviewing what minerals are. Minerals fit into...

Drover’s Way Farm, Perth, Ontario

Story by Cathy Gallivan, PhD, Photos by Allison Taylor, PhD Oliver and Sarah Loten have been raising sheep for 20 years and, like most sheep farmers, have made a lot of changes to their flock and their management in that time. They started on a hobby farm near...

Producer Profile: Millferns Holsteins, Lower Onslow, NS

Story & photos by Cathy Gallivan, PhD I met with Fred and Anne Hamilton on a sunny day in early July, on the farm that has been in Fred’s family since the expulsion of the Acadians in 1760. The original land grant was 1,000 acres. By 1802, the family had eight...

Producer Profile: Red Willow Colony, Stettler, AB

Story by Peggy Johnson, Photos by Tracy Hagedorn After months of winter gloom, it was wonderful to drive across central Alberta on a sunny morning and experience the magic of spring: soft green of new leaves emerging from tree buds, the hint of grass in the roadside...

Producer Profile: Catto Sheep Farm, Lipton, SK

Story & photos by Stuart Chutter Martin and Louise Catto farmed in Scotland prior to moving to Canada almost 15 years ago. Although their principal enterprise was dairy farming, they would purchase 500 ewes each year in the fall, lamb them out in the spring and...

Producer Profile: Bouw Farms, Dugald, Manitoba

Story & photos by Cathy Gallivan, PhD On a cold, grey, October day, I met with Stefan Bouw on his family’s farm about 20 miles east of Winnipeg. I visited Stefan to talk about their recently established sheep flock but, as is often the case, discovered that the...

Producer Profile: Shepherd’s Choice, Norwood, ON

By Cathy Gallivan, PhD Photos by Allison Taylor, PhD At a time when more producers than ever are turning to accelerated lambing, one couple who tried it for eight years has made the decision to go back to lambing once a year. John and Eadie Steele have been raising...

Sheep Canada – Winter 2017

Sheep Canada – Winter 2017 Table of Contents
4: Greetings from Deerville
11: Good-bye, pink metal tags!
13: Feed for profit: Basic rations
15: New GM at Canadian Sheep Breeders’ Association
16: Analysing big bale silage
18: Another anniversary for NorthumberLamb
19: Buyer’s Guide directory
23: Dam nutrition affects milk production of female offspring
24: Government of Canada invests in livestock industries
26: 2017 Sheep Value Chain Roundtable meeting
29: Research roundup

Sheep Canada – Fall 2017

Sheep Canada Fall 2017 Table of Contents
4: Greetings from Deerville
13: Feed for profit: Comparing feed costs
17: Classification methods for Canadian lamb
21: Genetic improvement: Better tools get results
25: 2017 All Canada Classic, Red Deer, Alberta
29: Matching the weight of the dam to the target market weight
31: Canadian Sheep Federation news
33: Fighting the creepies with the crawlies
35: Buyer’s Guide directory
Links in this issue:

Sheep Canada – Summer 2017

Table of Contents
4: Greetings from Deerville
5: Producer profile: Young Buck Farms, Peers, Alberta
15: Brexit could bust British producers
17: Feed for profit: Grazing corn
20: Canadian Katahdin Sheep Association and CSBA join up
21: GenOvis: New program brings new questions
28: CCWG now open for business in a new facility
29: Selling lambs in Canada
34: New alfalfa variety offers farmers a tougher forage
35: Buyer’s Guide
Links in this issue:
Links from article on Grazing Corn
Links from article on Marketing Lamb in Canada

Sheep Canada – Spring 2017

Table of Contents
4: Greetings from Deerville
5: The Canadian sheep industry needs a national organization
9: Producer Profile: Brook Ridge Farm, Antigonish, NS
16: Feed for profit: Don’t forget the water
19: Buyers’ Guide
23: Combination dewormers: the time is now
29: Lamb survival: Keeping your lambs alive with flag tape
32: Summer herding: part two
35: Thinking about grazing corn?
37: Sheep breeds Word Find puzzle
38: Canadian sheep industry representatives invited to Mexico 
 Links in this issue:
Water Quality Analysis and Interpretation for Livestock

Snow a viable water source if sheep are monitored.

More pasture options through corn grazing

Sheep Canada – Winter 2016

Table of Contents
11: Feed for profit: Coping with feed shortages
13: Elanco Announces Launch of Flukiver™
14: 2015 Wool Certificate of Merit recipients
15: One Welfare: The next step in animal welfare
19: Buyers’ Guide
23: Research roundup
28: Canada invests to eradicate scrapie in sheep and goats
29: Producer profile: Les Bergeries Marovine et Highlanders,
Saint-Charles-sur-Richelieu, QC

Sheep Canada – Fall 2016

Sheep Canada: Fall 2016 Table of Contents
4: Greetings from Deerville
5: Sheep 101: An International Rural Exchange experience
9: 2016 All Canada Classic, Richmond, Quebec
13: Peace River conference focuses on health
15: Report from the 2016 Grasslands Sheep Exhibition
19: Buyers’ Guide
22: CSF News
24: Hope for Canadian breeding stock exports to the US?
25: Feed for profit: Condition scoring and the effect of flushing
27: Research roundup
29: Producer profile: Benacres Farms, Elginburg, Ontario
 

What’s the Score: Body Condition Scoring Guide (Alberta)

Flushing The Ewe Flock: Is It Beneficial? (Ontario)

Information on new rules for importing sheep from Canada to the US.

Sheep Canada – Summer 2016

 

Sheep Canada: Summer 2016 Table of Contents
4: Greetings from Deerville
5: Producer profile: Living the dream in Rimbey, Alberta
16: Happenings
17: Should we vaccinate newborn lambs for enterotoxemia?
19 Buyers’ Guide
22: GenOvis improvements for 2016
26: Determining the carbon hoofprint of Canadian lamb
29: The copper conundrum
31: When should lambs be weaned?
33: Tips on parasite management
35: Symbiotic grazing of sheep and cattle
27: SunGold launches Lamb Tonight
 

Online tools to calculate carbon hoofprints

References for carbon hoofprint article

Sheep Canada – Spring 2016

 

Sheep Canada Winter 2015 lo res 1 Table of Contents
4: Greetings from Deerville
5: Dispatch from across the pond…
9: Should I be feeding silage?
11 Weathering the storm: climate smart sheep farming
16: Beauty is in the ewe of the beholder
19: Buyers’ Guide
22: Disappointing news for dairy sheep industry
23: Using SheepBytes® to predict growth and feed efficiency
26: New products available for sheep in Canada
27: Is there a drone in your future?
29: Producer Profile: Zillig Farm, Scotch Village, NS
Web Links Mentioned in this issue:

Australian Wool Innovation, 2013. Managing sheep in drought lots: a best practice guide.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 2015. Holos 2.2

USDA, 2015. Animal Agriculture in a Changing Climate

Sheep producers in Australia and New Zealand using drones:
Frost maps for farms and the development of a drone ‘lamb cam’ scoop two national awards

Remote controlled drone brings better outcomes for lambing ewes on wool farm

Future farming relies on new technology

One man and his drone: Watch as farmer uses flying robot, fitted with a horn and siren, to herd his flock of 2,000 sheep

Transport Canada site on flying a drone for work or research

Sheep Canada – Winter 2015

 

Sheep Canada Winter 2015 lo res 1 Table of Contents
4: Greetings from Deerville
5: Stuart Chutter’s excellent (?) adventure
13: Mode of action of TM muscling gene in UK Texels
19: Buyers’ Guide
22: Season’s Greetings from Alyson Champ
23: Research roundup
29: Feed for profit: Learning resources at your fingertips
30: Udder health key to flock management decisions
31: Southwest Sheep Grazing Co-operative, Ltd.
Web Links Mentioned in this issue:

Effect and mode of action of the Texel muscling QTL (TM-QTL) on carcass traits in purebred Texel lambs

Reducing Leafy Spurge’s Impact By Using Sheep and Goats

Ward Mortenson Obituary

John Williams Obituary

Joyce McCart Obituary

Sheep Canada – Fall 2015

 

Cover Table of Contents
4: Greetings from Deerville
5: Local lamb thriving on BC islands
14: Bluetongue confirmed in Ontario
15: Feed for profit: Tune up your feeding system
17: Uncle Woolie’s Book of Pastimes, Games & Amusements for Sheep
19: Buyers’ Guide
23: Understanding GenOvis
25: What is a management group?
26: Canadian Sheep Federation News
27: New pasture management option for parasite control
28: 2015 All Canada Classic, Winnipeg, Manitoba
31: Producer Profile: Canada Sheep & Lamb Farms Ltd.
Web Links Mentioned in this issue:

Sheep 201: Feeding and Watering Equipment

Low Labour Feeding Systems and Bunk Design for Sheep

Feeding Systems for Sheep

New York research on birdsfoot trefoil