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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

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

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





Calling Alberta deer hunters

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



Most corrals never flood this badly but if there’s a nearby stream or river, any run-off is a problem and may have you thinking about relocating the facilities.

Ready to relocate? Don’t just jump in, says livestock facility expert

A successful move means checking off a lot of boxes, but there’s lots of help available to ensure the move goes smoothly

Do your corrals flood every year because you are close to a water body? Does your manure storage area have a river running near it? If so, the chances are you need to relocate your facilities — although you might also be eligible for funding to help you out. But the first step is to […] Read more

Grazing sheep before letting cows into a pasture is one of the ways to lessen the parasite risk.

Ruminant parasite drugs are a precious tool — here’s how to use them

Rotating drugs, underdosing, and overtreating can lead to drug resistance in ruminants, says expert

There’s no denying it — drugs used to treat parasites in sheep and goat production need to be employed properly. If they’re not, that could lead to parasitic resistance and drugs that just don’t work. “You can’t just hammer drugs at the problem, because they won’t work forever,” said Lynn Tait, a sheep producer and […] Read more


Manage your sheep pasture to reduce parasites

When it comes to sheep and goats, pasture management is not just about nutrition

Parasites in small ruminants can become a production problem that can’t be solved by throwing dewormer on your animals once a year. Keeping a parasite load low requires a strategy and good management. “Your goal is not to be completely free of parasites,” said Lynn Tait, small-ruminant veterinarian and co-owner of OC Flock Management. “That […] Read more

Despite their smaller size, sheep can’t be bullied into moving where you want them to go, says livestock handling specialist Jennifer Woods.

How to get your sheep on the move

Understanding sheep behaviour is the key to getting them to go where you want them to

If you want to move a sheep, the worst thing you can do is isolate it, yell at it, and then try to move it from behind. “If you understand animal behaviour, that is 90 per cent of handling — the biggest knowledge gap that we have is true understanding of animal behaviour,” livestock-handling specialist […] Read more