November 11, 2016- Guelph, ON – Sheep farmers in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec have formed a new partnership to continue to move the sheep industry in Canada forward.
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 and will leverage the resources of the sheep industries in the three provinces to continue to move the sheep industry in Canada forward. 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,” continues Scott. “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. “We are excited to see an increased emphasis of advocacy for the sheep industry in Alberta on a national stage.”
“This is excellent news for the entire sheep industry in Canada. The Network is setting up a platform to exchange information related to the market and to discuss issues affecting the sheep sector in our respective provinces” said Yves Langlois Chair of the Federation des producteurs d’agneaux et moutons du Quebec.
For more information contact:
Jennifer MacTavish, General Manager
Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency
Robyn Moore, Executive Director
Alberta Lamb Producers
Amina Baba-Khelil, Executive Director
Fédération des producteurs d’agneaux et moutons du Québec