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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

Finding a cause for lameness in sheep

Little research on sheep lameness has been done in Canada, but the incidence can be high

Reading Time: 2 minutes Not a lot of work had been done to figure out why sheep go lame, but some Alberta researchers are working to change this. “We would like to develop a strategy to diagnose lame sheep which can later be used to inform best management practices to treat these animals,” said Wiolene Montanari Nordi, at the […] 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Fish and Wildlife officer Tony Brooks poses with the tranquilized bear that Fish and Wildlife captured on the Korth farm.

Too close for comfort: Farmers recount grizzly bear encounter

Bear makes sheep farm its hunting ground and wreaks destruction before being snared

Reading Time: 2 minutes Bears can wreak havoc on a farm — Norm and Irene Korth learned this the hard way. The couple has a sheep farm in Clearwater County and lamb about 200 head. “About four years ago, we had a grizzly here, but we never did catch him,” said Irene Korth But things escalated this April, on […] Read more


Icelandic sheep are hardy and do well in Alberta’s environment. 
The Somervilles have never lost one to a coyote.

A little bit of Iceland thrives in central Alberta

Icelandic sheep are rare in the province but the hardy breed does well in its new homeland

Reading Time: 3 minutes When Stuart Somerville first started researching Icelandic sheep on the internet back in 2009, he never realized he would fall in love with the animals. He and wife Kayla ended up purchasing two ewes and a ram and bringing them to their farm near Endiang, 150 kilometres southeast of Red Deer, in 2009. Somerville had […] Read more

The Canada Gold feedlot near Iron Springs has the capacity to finish 200,000 lambs annually but sourcing lambs year round has been a major challenge.

Merger a game changer for the Canadian lamb sector

New company will produce lambs year round — and that could transform the Canadian sector

Reading Time: 4 minutes A merger of two major players in the Canadian lamb sector is designed to be a game changer for the industry. The deal brings together the country’s largest processor of federally inspected lamb (and also a major feeder) and one of the biggest sheep-farming operations in North America. North American Lamb Company will control lamb […] Read more


PaSu Farm has diversified its sheep operation by selling wool products in its gift shop, said owner Susan de Rosemond.

Agritourism sustains central Alberta sheep farm

Reading Time: 3 minutes Susan de Rosemond had three strikes against her when she decided to become a sheep farmer in the late 1970s. First, she was an immigrant. Second, she was a woman. And the killing blow? She wanted to be a sheep farmer in beef country. “When I went to apply for my mortgage, the bank managers […] Read more

Grow them fast and get them out is the motto of livestock nutrition expert Paul Luimes.

Efficiency in sheep production measured in pennies

Reading Time: 3 minutes Some livestock producers think about saving a buck when feeding their animals. But for sheep producers, it comes down to cents. “With sheep, you’ve always got to think about costs,” said Paul Luimes, a livestock nutrition researcher at the University of Guelph. “You’ve got to look for pennies to save because there’s not a lot […] Read more


Calling Alberta deer hunters

Reading Time: < 1 minute The University of Calgary faculty of veterinary medicine is looking for help from deer hunters. Researchers at the faculty are conducting a study on gastrointestinal parasite diversity in deer. For that, they need fresh feces samples. Hunters who see deer defecate are asked to collect samples and send by courier to the department. Samples can […] Read more