Alberta Lamb Producers to quit national federation

The move follows Ontario’s decision to quit, which left the national group representing less than half of Canadian production

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Alberta Lamb Producers is pulling out of the Canadian Sheep Federation, saying the national body can “no longer effectively represent the sheep industry.”

The move, effective Oct. 20, comes on the heels of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency’s decision to withdraw its membership. Ontario accounts for 30 per cent of the national flock, followed by Quebec (26 per cent) and Alberta (just over 16 per cent).

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Since Quebec left the federation several years ago, the national body would represent less than half of production, Alberta Lamb Producers said in a news release.

“The board carefully examined all the options and made a decision to redirect our time and resources based on what is best for Alberta’s producers,” said Erin Yaremko, a St. Paul producer and chair of Alberta Lamb Producers.

Yaremko said Alberta paid $25,000 a year in dues, and that didn’t include the cost and time of having a representative on the national body. She said “a lack of communication, action on key issues, and transparency,” were also factors in the decision to quit the Canadian Sheep Federation.

Alberta Lamb Producers will continue to have representatives on several Sheep Value Chain Roundtable working groups and committees.

“In addition, ALP is committed to networking with all provinces in Canada and plans to further develop and cultivate relationships moving forward,” the news release stated.

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