PROJECT # R12-3 - Seasonally Anestrous Ewes Bred to a Novel Estrus Synchronization Protocol for Timed AI

Applicant: David Barrett, Nova Scotia Agricultural College

Timeline: January 2013 – December 2015 

Objective: To examine a novel synchronization breeding protocol for sheep. Test the efficacy of the synchronization protocol for timed AI.

Pregnancy and Lambing Rates in Seasonally Anestrous Ewes

PROJECT # GF2 0088 - Understanding Ethnic Markets Opportunities for Veal, Goat, Lamb and Rabbit

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency 

Timeline: January 2014 to January 2015

Objective: To gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with various consumer segments; insight into market penetration of meat products and assess future potential of targeted ethnic communities; insight into shopping patterns, consumption behaviour, factors impacting meat selection and price sensitivities related to product attributes. 

New Canadians Prefer Taste, Quality of Ontario Meats

PROJECT # R12-1 - Effect of Targeted Selective Deworming at Lambing on Haemonchus burdens on Ontario sheep farms with anthelmintic resistance

Applicant: Andrew Peregrine, University of Guelph

Timeline: May 2012 – April 2015

Objective: To determine the efficacy of closantel against ivermectin- and fenbendazole-resistant Haemonchus in sheep. Also, to determine if selective treatment of ewes at lambing with closantel has the same impact on farm parasite burdens as whole flock treatment with closantel at that time.

PROJECT # GF2 0180 - Price Predictability 

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency 

Timeline: June 2014 - May 2015 

Objective: To build a web-based price predictability tool that can be used to forcast lamb prices. This resource will provide decision-making information in light of significant increases in price volatility and will act as a market risk mitigation tool. 


PROJECT # GF2 0140 - Alternative Feeds 

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency 

Timeline: August 2014 - July 2015

Objective: To compare intake, growth performance, feed use efficiency, carcass measurements and meat quality analysis of lambs fed corn cob meal versus traditional feeds. 

# OFIP 0063 - Preliminary Investigation into Ewe Feed Efficiency

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

Timeline: October 2013 – August 2015

Objective: To give shepherds information on feed use and efficiency of ewe of varying mature body size. Shepherds need to know what impact breeding for small, medium or large frame ewes has on overall farm feed use and efficiency.

PROJECT # OFIP 0007- Maedi-Visna in Sheep and Potential Interaction with Mycobacterium avium spp. Paratuberculosis (MAP)

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

Timeline: September 2013 – September 2015

Objective: This project will investigate the prevalence of Maedi Visna Virus(MVV) and MAP co-infection in Ontario sheep flocks, and will investigate how MVV and MAP infection and co-infection alters the host immune response.

Immune Responses to Maedi-Visna Infection


Understanding Maedi-Visna
Identifying Infection, Improving Flock Health and Increasing Profits

Project # GF2 0011 - Development of Master Shepherd Program 

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

Timeline: November 2013 – October 2015

Objective: Develop a Master Shepherd Education Program for commercially-minded lamb producers wishing to expand their production and business management skill base. The project scope will include the development of the educational material and the initial delivery (pilot).

Ontario Master Shepherd's Course Update (June 2014 OSN) 
You're Not Too Late (September 2014 OSN)
The Master Shepherd's Course Continues (March 2015 OSN)

Articles by Course Participants:

The Master Shepherd's Course 2014: My Perspective
Broadening My Perspective: Master Shepherd Course
Increasing Productivity of Triplet Lambs: Paper
Increasing Productivity of Triplet Lambs: Article