Now posted: OAHN Small Ruminant Report - Wednesday, November 25, 2015
 The Ontario Animal Health Network quarterly report is now available online. This report provides a review of surveillance and early disease detection work that various groups have been working on in the last quarter across Ontario. 

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2015 Carl Block Award Recipient Announced - Wednesday, November 25, 2015
 (Ottawa, Ontario) November 25, 2015 - The Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC) is honoured to name Mr. Ray Armbruster of Rossburn, Manitoba as this year's recipient of the Carl Block Award. Ray represents similar qualities as Carl Block in his dedication to beef cattle production, animal health and welfare issues in the sector, love for the land, the environment and strong family roots. Ray, like Carl, embodies the true cowboy spirit that epitomizes the beef cattle industry in westerrn Canada.

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SMART Water Project: Water Use Assessments - Friday, November 20, 2015
Farm & Food Care has been contracted by OMAFRA to conduct a number of water use assessments to help growers better understand how and where they use water. By having better information, growers are often able to reduce their water use, cut costs and generally find lower cost treatment systems.

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Ontario's RMP is Growing Ontario's Economy and Protecting Agriculture Related Jobs - Wednesday, November 18, 2015
 TORONTO, ON (November 16, 2015) – The Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition (OASC) today released an Economic Impact Assessment of the Risk Management Program (RMP) undertaken by Harry Cummings and Associates (HCA) on their behalf. Conducted this past summer, the study examined the economic value of the RMP to Ontario farmers who partnered with the Government of Ontario to design the cost-shared insurance program in 2011.

“This landmark economic study confirms what farmers know all too well – Ontario’s RMP program is helping farmers grow Ontario’s economy and protect good farm and agri-food jobs through unsettled markets,” OASC Chairman and Beef Farmers of Ontario President Bob Gordanier said.

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Small Ruminant Import Policy to Change Feb 1, 2016 - Monday, November 16, 2015
 November 16, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario - Following a lengthy consultation period that saw three draft policies considered over the past 3 years, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that revised import policy for small ruminants intended for breeding purposes will change effective February 1, 2016.

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OSMA's Master Shepherd's Course Wins 2015 Regional Premier's Award - Monday, November 9, 2015
Guelph, ON – The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) has been selected for one of 50 Regional Premier’s Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, in recognition of work done in the development and implementation of the Master Shepherd’s Course. This was a pilot project, mimicking a similar course that was offered by the University of Guelph and supported by OSMA, almost 20 years ago from 1996-1998.
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OSMA's 30th Annual General Meeting - Monday, November 2, 2015
 November 2, 2015 – Guelph, ON – On October 29th and 30th, 2015, over 150 sheep producers and industry professionals from across the province gathered at the Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston for OSMA’s 30th Annual General Meeting, a Fresh Ontario Lamb banquet and the Sheep Seminar run by OMAFRA. Over the course of the two day event, guests enjoyed three delicious lamb meals prepared by the Nottawasaga Inn chef with lamb generously donated by White Valley.
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OSMA Board Announces New Chair and Vice-Chair - Monday, November 2, 2015
 November 2, 2015 – Guelph, ON – Over 150 sheep producers and industry representatives met in Alliston last week for the 30th Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA).  Following the election on Friday, Rob Scott was announced as the incoming Chair for the 2015-2016 year, with Marc Carere being elected as the Vice Chair.  
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Memo to Ontario Sheep Producers Regarding Tail Docking - Thursday, October 15, 2015
 Over the past few months OSMA Board members had been fielding concerns around the length of tails of sheep at sheep shows and this, coupled with increasing public scrutiny around livestock production, led to the OSMA Board deciding that it had to ensure that OSMA’s actions were in line with the best management practices that are being promoted.
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CCWG Announces Price Increase for Shearwell CSIP ASET Tags - Friday, October 2, 2015
October 2, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario - Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited (CCWG) has announced that effective immediately, the price of Shearwell CSIP ASET tags will increase to $2.05, subject to tag levies and CSIP fees where applicable. 
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OMAFRA News Release - Bluetongue Confirmed In Ontario - Friday, September 4, 2015
On August 7, 2015, samples collected from an animal in an Ontario abattoir as part of the national Bovine Serological Surveillance program returned a positive result for Bluetongue serotype 13. 
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Bluetongue virus detected in Ontario beef herd - Thursday, September 3, 2015
September 3, 2015 (Guelph, ON) The Ontario Sheep MArketing Agency (OSMA) was informed today that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that there has been a positive case of Bluetongue Virus in an Ontario cattle herd.
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OSMA's press release re Increase in Cost of Canadian Sheep ID Fee - Friday, July 17, 2015

July 17, 2015 (Guelph, ON) -- The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) has recently announced an increase in the cost of the Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP) administration fees by $0.05/tag effective September 1, 2015. 
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Canadian Sheep Identification Program Fees Increase September 1st - Friday, July 17, 2015
July 17, 2015 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) announced today that Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP) fees will increase by $0.05/tag effective September 1, 2015, to $0.23/approved tag. CSIP fees will remain at $0.18/tag until August 31, 2015.
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Stolen Lambs and Sheep: What to Do - Monday, June 22, 2015
Guelph, ON - The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) is urging producers to keep a close watch on their sheep and lambs. Due to increasing livestock prices, farmers may be at a greater risk of having livestock stolen from barns and / or pastures.  read more ...
Send a COOL letter to your MP - Thursday, June 11, 2015
 The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency is advocating for a full repeal of COOL (Country of Origin Labeling) for all Canadian livestock and is sending out communications on behalf of Ontario’s producers. To further reinforce this message, OSMA requests that you send the attached letter, drafted by the Canadian Sheep Federation, to your MP. Please feel free to edit and personalize it as you see fit. 

Last week the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Gerry Ritz, repeated Canada’s call for the U.S. to repeal COOL legislation or it will face retaliatory tariffs on exports. Since being enacted in 2009, the contentious legislation has been actively contested by Canada and Mexico. The World Trade Organization (WTO) rejected the U.S.’s appeal in May, stating for the fourth and final time that the legislation is discriminatory to Mexico and Canada and that it violates both the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement. As a result, the U.S. is expected to repeal the legislation for beef, pork, and chicken. Canada perusing retaliatory action  for beef and pork, but has not asked for a full repeal of country of origin labeling for all Canadian livestock, leaving lamb still subjected to the requirements.
To find your MP, please go to the following link and enter in your postal code:

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Ontario Expanding Eligibility for Agricultural Insurance Program - Wednesday, May 27, 2015
New Legislation Passes to Help Protect the Agri-Food Industry
Today Ontario passed the Agriculture Insurance Act, 2015 which will allow more types of agricultural products to be covered by the province’s production insurance program.
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Approved 2015-16 Advance Payment Rates Effective April 1, 2015 - Thursday, April 2, 2015
ACC To Administer National Sheep and Lambs Advance Payment Program - Wednesday, March 25, 2015
 GUELPH, ON (March 25, 2015) - Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC) is pleased to announce that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has approved ACC’s request to administer the Advance Payments Program (APP) for sheep and lamb producers across Canada.
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Two New Cost-share Opportunities for Agriculture in SW Ontario - Friday, March 13, 2015
Guelph, ON Two new cost-share programs: the Manure and Biosolids Management Program and the Dust Deflector Program are now available to producers.
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Golden Ontario Products Found Guilty - Monday, March 9, 2015
(Guelph, Ontario) – In a Hearing convened by the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA), Golden Ontario Products, located at 7392 Hwy 89, Mount Forest, Ontario, was convicted of Failing to Assess and Remit Required Licence Fees in the amount of $9,235 (including interest) since March 2013. After receiving notice on February 5, 2015, the defendant failed to appear at the hearing. Golden Ontario Products was ordered to pay outstanding Licence Fees. The failure of Golden Ontario Products to meet the terms set out by the Hearing for payment of the outstanding Licence Fees, will result in the suspension of its OSMA Sheep Slaughter Licence.
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New Canadians Prefer Taste, Quality of Ontario Meats - Friday, February 27, 2015
An extensive new study shows that new Canadians prefer the taste and quality of Ontario meat over imported product. The study looked at the eating patterns, shopping habits, and taste preferences of new Canadians of African, Middle Eastern, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Caribbean, and European descent as they relate to the consumption of veal, goat, lamb and mutton, and rabbit.  
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OSMA Announces a Call for Research Proposals - Friday, December 19, 2014
The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) is pleased to announce the call for proposals for research that aligns with its current Research Priorities. read more ...
Ontario Sheep Donation Aids Food Bank - Wednesday, December 10, 2014
 Brantford, ON - The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agnecy (OSMA) continues its commitment to helping Ontario's hungry have access to fresh protein. In November, OSMA had purchased the Reserve Champion at the Royal Winter Fair and this morning, donated the lamb to the Brantford Food Bank. 
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Sanabil Halal Meat Farms Pleads Guilty At Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency Hearing - Thursday, December 4, 2014

December 4, 2014 - In a Hearing convened by the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA), Sanabil Halal Meat Farms, of 5309 Spring Creek Road, Smithville, Ontario, was convicted of Failing to Assess and Remit Required License Fees.

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OSMA Congratulates Menzies on Receiving Carl Block Award - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
November 26, 2014– Guelph, ON – The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) congratulates Dr. Paula Menzies, from the University of Guelph, on receiving the Carl Block Award. The award, presented at the Canadian Animal Health Coalition’s Annual General Meeting, recognizes Menzies’ contributions to the sheep industry and animal agriculture as a whole.
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OASC Leaders Welcome Removal of Mandatory Agristability Participation for Provincial RMP - Monday, November 24, 2014

In the spring of 2011, farmer leaders across commodity groups came together with the provincial government to design a made-in-Ontario solution to help bring predictability, stability and bankability to their business operations.  Established with much fanfare, a new provincial cost-shared Risk Management Program (RMP) was created to help stabilize the industry as many costs and prices are global in nature and far beyond the farmer’s control. 

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Fischer re-elected as Chairman of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency - Monday, November 10, 2014
At the recent Annual Meeting of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA), Dennis Fischer was re-elected as Chairman. read more ...
Deadline Quickly Approaching: Apply Today for the Master Shepherd's Course - Thursday, July 3, 2014
 The July 7th deadline is quickly approaching for applications to the Master Shepherd’s Course.  This 12 module course will focus on giving experienced producers the tools necessary to expand their business. 
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OASC Holds Second RAISE THE CAP for Risk Management Program (RMP) Event - Friday, June 6, 2014
Guelph, Ontario – Members of the Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition (OASC) held their second Raise the Cap for RMP event last night in eastern Ontario at Hoards Station Sale Barn in Campbellford.  Farmers and their families, who represented several counties, were in attendance to call on candidates in the upcoming provincial election to pledge their support for raising the Risk Management Program cap from $100M to $175M.

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Raise the Cap for Risk Management Program (RMP) - Thursday, May 22, 2014
Staffa, Ontario – Members of the Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition (OASC) are calling on candidates in the upcoming provincial election to pledge their support for “Raise the Cap for RMP”.

 OASC has one voice and one message - we speak for more than 50,000 farms. For the candidates running in the 2014 Ontario election, OASC has one message: Raise the Risk Management Program cap to $175 million annually to provide adequate funding for the program.

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Carcass Competition at the All Canada Sheep Classic - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) is planning a carcass competition at the All Canada Sheep Classic in Ancaster, Ontario on July 10, 11 and 12, 2014. The goal being to hold a competition which engages commercial and purebred sheep producers, judging on the basis of carcass quality.  

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OSMA Podcast with the Ontario SPCA: Animals' Voice Pawdcast - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

OSMA was invited to discuss the new partnership formed with the Ontario SPCA on the 'Animal's Voice Pawdcast'.

Animal's Voice Pawdcast
In this episode of the Animals’ Voice Pawdcast, we interview Jennifer MacTavish, General Manager at Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency. Jennifer sits down with us to talk about the new partnership between the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency and the Ontario SPCA. She explains why they have partnered with the Ontario SPCA, how this partnership will benefit the agency and the animals.

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CCWG Announces Price Increase for Shearwell CSIP ASET Tags - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ottawa, Ontario - Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited (CCWG) has announced that effective immediately, the price of Shearwell CSIP ASET tags will increase by $0.10 to $1.85, subject to tag levies where applicable. This marks the second increase of Shearwell tag prices this year.

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Exciting Changes To The Advance Payments Program - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Advance Payments Program, which provides cash advances to Canadian producers of up to $400,000 with the first $100,000 interest free and balance at prime, has undergone some positive changes for sheep producers.  With the support and assistance of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency, Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC) has been successful in improving the Advance Payments Program for sheep producers in Ontario. 

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OSMA and Ontario SPCA Working Together for Sheep Welfare - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) are pleased to announce that they have agreed upon a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will help facilitate joint on-farm visits in complaint cases involving animal welfare on sheep farms.

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Announcing the Ontario Master Shepherd's Course - Thursday, April 17, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for the updated Ontario Master Shepherd's Course. If your farm is business focused and you would like to improve profitability through further expansion, then this course could be for you.

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OSMA Welcomes News of the Approval of Baycox for Sheep in Canada - Monday, January 13, 2014
OSMA Welcomes Wes Moore - Licencing Relations Officer - Friday, January 3, 2014
OFC Mapleseed Pasture Award Press Release - Thursday, October 31, 2013
Fischer re-elected Chairman of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency - Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Draft Sheep Code of Practice released for Public Comment - Tuesday, July 9, 2013
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CSF Appoints New Executive Director - Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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OSMA Defers Implementation of the National Tag Fee - Monday, June 24, 2013
Heat Stress App Now Available for Blackberry and Android - Friday, June 14, 2013
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Growing Forward 2 Information Sessions - Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Emergency Response Survey - Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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Dinner Starts Here! - Tuesday, April 9, 2013
 The Brand New Dinner Starts Here Website has been launched! Click Here for more information. 
Latest Risk Management Program Information - Dec 2012 - Monday, December 17, 2012
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Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence - Friday, November 16, 2012
Learn how to build your agricultural export markets - Monday, October 1, 2012
"Guelph ON, October 1, 2012 – Farmers can learn more about international export at a series of workshops being hosted this fall by the Agricultural Management Institute (AMI). The “Agriculture Going Global” sessions are designed to help participants make important exporting decisions, avoid common pitfalls and increase their understanding of international trade and foreign markets."

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OSMA Hires New Interim General Manager - Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The Board of Directors and staff welcome Bill Ingratta as the OSMA Interim General Manager.  Bill will be working with the Board and staff until a permanent General Manager is hired.   This process is expected to take approximately three to four months.
Bill's experience is extensive.  It includes 28 years with OMAFRA as well as prior background in the vegetable processing industry and the seed industry. He received his B.Sc. (Agr) in Horticulture Production from the University of Guelph and M. Sc. in Plant Science from McGill University.

Bill has expertise in crop production, Integrated Pest Management, technology transfer, food safety issues, biotechnology, and policy development.
We welcome him as part of the OSMA team.
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NEW Wool Depot in Northern Ontario - Monday, June 18, 2012
Schmallenberg Virus - Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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Updates to the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program - Thursday, July 21, 2011
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News Release – Risk Management Program Available for Sheep Producers - Thursday, June 30, 2011
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OASC NEWS RELEASE : Ontario Budget Delivers New Risk Management Program for Ontario Farmers - Wednesday, March 30, 2011
OSMA NEWS RELEASE: Budget Provides for Producer Support - Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Food Saftey and Traceability Inititive - Monday, March 7, 2011
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Predation Article in the Ottawa Sun - Friday, January 28, 2011
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OSMA Regulation Update - Thursday, August 26, 2010
At the October 2007 Annual General Meeting, the OSMA Board announced that we were working on changes to our regulations and that producers would be informed in advance of changes.  Click here to view more... 
Government Invests to Help Ontario Sheep Producers Prosper - Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Ontario sheep producers can look forward to enhance genetic improvement services as a result of a $275,000 investment by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Click here to read more...