The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency is represented by a 11 member board elected on a rotating basis (four each year and three in the third year) by their peers (other sheep producers) for a three year term.
Board members annually elect a Chair and Vice-Chair from amongst themselves. Board members attend at least ten board meetings per year. In addition to board meetings, directors may sit on various internal and industry committees. The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency is represented at organizations such as the Canadian Sheep Federation, Canadian Sheep Breeders' Association, Agricultural Adaptation Council, Ontario Agricultural Commodity Council, and others.
Board members participate in many agricultural and sheep industry events and must keep in close contact with District Committees and County Clubs in their regions.
As a requirement of the regulations, all producers of sheep and/or wool in Ontario are required to register with the Agency. Upon registration, the member receives a producer card and number and is then eligible to vote at district meetings.
The Province is divided geographically into eleven(11) electoral districts. Each district elects a Provincial Director to represent them on the Board for a three year term. Each district also elects a District Chairman, District Secretary and District Directors to administer the activities within the district.
Annual Convention and Business Meeting
The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency's Annual Meeting is held each year in late fall. For every thirty (30) registered producers in a district, the district elects one (1) voting delegate to be in attendance at this annual meeting. He or she represents the district during voting procedures. All producers may attend and participate in the discussions.
Districts by Geography (Counties)
The Province of Ontario is divided geographically into eleven (11) electoral districts.
Counties of Essex, Kent, Lambton Middlesex, and Elgin.
Counties of Grey and Bruce.
Counties of Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Oxford.
County of Brant, Regional Municipalities of Hamilton-Wentworth, Haldimand- Norfolk and Niagara.
Counties of Wellington and Dufferin, and the Regional Municipalities of Halton and Peel.
County of Simcoe, District Municipality of Muskoka and the District of Parry Sound.
Metropolitan Toronto, Regional Municipalities of York and Durham, Counties of Victoria, Peterborough, Northumberland and Haliburton.
Counties of Lennox and Addington, Hastings, Prince Edward, Frontenac and Leeds.
Counties of Renfrew and Lanark, and the Township of West Carleton and the City of Kanata in the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton.
Counties of Russell, Prescott, Glengarry Stormont, Dundas and Grenville, and the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton except the Township of West Carleton and the City of Kanata.
Kenora, Rainy River, Thunder Bay, Cochrane, Algoma, Sudbury, Temiskaming, Nippising & Manitoulin.
Communication with the OSMA Board of Directors
While OSMA Board meetings are held in closed session, we are committed to ensuring open communication between member producers and the Board of Directors. Producers are invited to submit any matter pertaining to the business of OSMA for consideration by the Board.
Producers may make a submission to the Board of Directors. All written materials, including a written summary of any proposed oral submission to the board must be delivered to the OSMA office to the attention of the General Manager, three weeks prior to the Board meeting date.
The OSMA Board will make every effort to accommodate all producer requests in a timely fashion unless the proposed matter has already been duly considered by the Board, or is deemed to be a matter, which falls outside the jurisdiction of OSMA.
Unless otherwise stated all Board meetings are held in Guelph.
Provincial Directors for 2012 – 2013
To find out what counties each District Represents ~ Click here.
District 1 - Fraser Hodgson, Vice Chair
Fraser and his wife Ruth own and operate a farm of 400 acres in Lambton County along Lake Huron. Their operation includes cash crop corn, soya beans and wheat, a 25 head cow-calf purebred Shorthorn herd and a flock of 110 ewes. Our sheep are primarily commercial, although we do have a number of purebred Texel and Suffolk ewes.For many years, purebred sales were the mainstay of the business, but over the years, as the industry changed, our focus has changed to commercial meat production.
District 2 - Dennis Fischer, Chair
Counties - Grey & Bruce
Dennis was raised on a mixed farming operation and joined the OSMA Board in October 2007. Dennis along with his wife Brenda Ann and their four children operate a farm just outside of Elmwood. They have a commercial ewe flock consisting of 450 ewes, and a small cow/calf operation. When not at home, Dennis works as a controller for a local company.
He has been involved with the local hockey association for several years, and currently schedules referees for three local arenas. He has also been involved with the local 4-H sheep club.
District 3 - Luann Erb
Luann and her husband Tim operate a cash crop and 125 mixed flock of sheep near Stratford ON. In Feb 2009, after being laid off from a Farrowing to Finish operation she was chatting with the local Country Depot owner in Mitchell ON, and learned of a flock that may be for sale. After contacting the owners, the flock was purchased within a couple of weeks and moved to the farm once the lambs were weaned for the Easter Market. Luann and Tim have built a farmgate business as well as attending a weekly Slow Food Market in Stratford. Their plans are to expand to 250 sheep to meet the demand for lamb in her local area. Luann is also the Chair of the Education Committee for the IPM 2013.
District 4 - Robert Scott
Rob has owned and operated Bridged Creek Farm, located outside of Brantford since 1992. Rob and wife Joanne have three sons and a daughter. The family operation, involving the two younger sons, Cody and Matthew, and daughter, Rachel, includes custom welding, a herd of registered Texas Longhorn cattle and an equine venture. Eldest son Daniel serves in the Canadian Airforce. The primarily Dorper flock presently numbers 150 ewes, and another 200 are being added in 2012-13. Accelerated lambing and intensive pasture management with rotational grazing are practiced.
District 5 - Heather Little
Heather grew up near Fergus on a small beef operation and attended the university of Guelph in agriculture. After extensive work in the pork industry she found her passion of sheep. Heather along with her husband Kevin and children operate a commercial 150 ewe flock near Grand Valley. Their farming operation also consists of cash crops along with a calf to finish operation of 50 cows.
District 6 - Josephine Martensson-Hemsted
District 7 - Marc Carere
Marc has extensive experience in agriculture. In partnership with his wife Helen, he has operated Ballinahistle Farms Limited for over 30 years. Since 1998 they have concentrated their efforts on the development of a large commercial ewe flock and lamb feedlot. Marc has been involved with many commodities including beef, dairy and cash cropping and has served these industries in various capacities. He continues to participate in many industry projects and committees.
District 8 - Gary Fox
District 9 - David Bentley
David grew up in Ottawa and in 2001 moved to a 100 acre farm west of Almonte with his wife Melissa. The Bentleys and their 4 children have been involved with 4H since 2009 when they purchased a flock of grade Suffolk ewes. They operate a pasture-based system selling lamb directly to their retail customers. They plan to continue rotational grazing and introduce a maternal line for accelerated lambing. Off the farm, David works in Ottawa at a high-tech company. In his spare time he coaches cross-country skiing at the elementary and high school level and is a member of the a community choir.
District 10 - Currently Vacant
District 11 - Colleen Alloi
Colleen was raised on a Dairy Farm, graduated from Univ. of Guelph - B.Sc. (Agr.) '84 - Major Agr. Economics., upon graduation worked for FCC and have worked as a CSR for CanWest DHI (Dairy) since 1992. Colleen lives on a small farm near Sault Ste. Marie where they operate a mixed livestock operation, selling meat directly to customers as well as working with other sheep and goat producers supplying lamb and goat to Meat Shops and a grocery store in the Soo. They have had sheep since they purchased their farm in 1986 and maintaining around 80 Arcott Outaouais Ewes since 1989. The ewe flock are bred pure as well as crossed with Texels to supply the local meat market. Colleen joined the OSMA Board as the North's Director in the fall 2011.