Sheep farmers in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec have formed a new partnership to continue to move the sheep industry in Canada forward. Ontario and Alberta were the most recent provincial organizations to withdraw support of the Canadian Sheep Federation.
The National Sheep Network – comprising of the Alberta Lamb Producers, the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA), and Federation des producteurs d’agneaux et moutons du Quebec — represents 75 percent of the ewe flock in Canada.
The Network will be joining the Canadian Federation of Agriculture as a member, effective January 1, 2017.
“The purpose of the new National Sheep Network is to formalize the working relationship that already exists between our three provinces,” says Rob Scott, Chair of OSMA. “Our goal is to collaborate on mutual interests on a consensus basis. The Network will not exclude other provinces or organizations, but will work with any group to benefit the industry.”
“The Alberta Lamb Producers welcomes the opportunity to join the Canadian Federation of Agriculture with our National Sheep Network partners,” says Erin Yaremko, Chair of the Alberta Lamb Producers.