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Two Alberta sheep flocks quarantined for scrapie

Two flocks of sheep in Alberta are under federal quarantine after a sheep that lived at both farms was confirmed June 21 with classical scrapie. A degenerative nervous system disease affecting sheep and goats, scrapie is one of the transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) family that includes Creutzfelt-Jakob disease in people, BSE in cattle and chronic […] Read more

To get a consistent, year-round product, Canada Sheep and Lamb Farms breeds ewes year round. It weans lambs at the same age, feeds them the same diet, and at less than 200 days of age.

There’s opportunity in the lamb sector but only for some

CEO of North American Lamb Company says the future belongs to those who offer consistency

Gary Alexander delivered a message at the Alberta Lamb Producers annual meeting that many didn’t want to hear. “I will tell you right now that the sheep business, in my opinion, is a dysfunctional and declining business and I’m not saying that solely about the Canadian business,” said Alexander, president and CEO of the North […] Read more



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


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 […] Read more


New sheep parasite medication available this spring

Alberta Lamb Producers is welcoming the imminent arrival of a medication to treat a parasite that infects sheep. “Barber pole worm infection is a significant health issue in many Alberta flocks,” Alberta Lamb Producers (ALP) said in a release. “The parasite can cause heavy mortality and production losses, due to anemia in infected sheep. As […] Read more



Alberta lamb producers are being warned about the 
danger of copper toxicity.

Copper toxicity an issue for lamb producers

Alberta Lamb Producers says there have been reports of copper toxicity in market lambs and is urging producers to take care. The organization says rations for cattle, goats, or horses should never be fed to sheep, and that land fertilized with hog manure can have high levels of copper. “Since copper is stored in the […] Read more

Adriane Good, 20, of Brooks, was the first Canadian to participate in the World Young Shepherd’s Challenge.

A French adventure for young Alberta shepherd

Adriane Good now has a lifelong distinction — the first Canadian to participate in the World Young Shepherd’s Challenge. The 20-year-old travelled to France this fall to compete against other young shepherds from around the world — although it was friendly competition. “Honestly, the best part of it was meeting all these people from around […] Read more


“We know that this is just the beginning, but once carcass quality standards are established, lamb producers will have more information on their product that they can use for on-farm genetic selection and lamb feeding.” – Manuel Juárez

New carcass evaluation system key to moving lamb industry forward

An accurate evaluation system would be a basis for providing economic incentives for high quality

A key issue with Canadian lamb is the lack of homogeneity among lamb carcasses, resulting in inconsistent size of meat cuts. This is a challenge for retailers and restaurants as they strive to offer a consistent quality product to their customers. This challenge could be solved, in part, with an improved carcass evaluation system, something […] Read more