PROJECT # R15-4 - Nutritional Value and Integration of Hybrid Willow and Poplar as Fodder for Sheep

Applicant: Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
Timeline: May 2015 - March 2017

Objective: To objectives of the project include: 
(i) determine growth and yield of hybrid poplar/willow and native tree regrowth with and without livestock integration;
(ii) determine preferences of sheep fodder varieties/tree species;
(iii) determine body condition score and weight changes when sheep are provided a high fodder diet; (iv) investigate practical applications of fodder crops as alternative feed (windrows, alleys) and;
(v) determine economic attractiveness of perennial fodder as alternative feed of sheep through costs benefit analysis.

PROJECT # GF2 0180 - Price Predictability 

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency 
Timeline: June 2014 - March 2017

Objective: To build a web-based price predictability tool that can be used to forecast 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. 

Growth Strategy 

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency 
Timeline: February 2016 - February 2017 

Objective: To develop a comprehensive picture of the economic and financial health of the sheep, lamb and wool industry in Ontario, including the development of metrics and data collection to conduct the required analysis to strategically allocate resources to maximize industry growth and profitability.

PROJECT # GF2 0352 - Development of Sheep Welfare Videos

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency 
Timeline: September 2015 - December 2016

Objective: To produce a series of innovative consumer-facing videos on animal welfare regarding the Ontario sheep industry. These five 5-minute videos will be designed to cover animal care and handling procedures and provide consumers with information on how sheep in the province are cared for and will be aligned with the national Codes of Practice for sheep.

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 # R122-3 - Seasonally Anestrous Ewes Bred to a Novel Estrus Synchronization Protocol for Timed AI

Applicant: David Barrett, Dalhousie University, Truro

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
Update on Pregnancy and Lambing Rates 

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 busineses management skill base. The project scope will include the development of the educational material and the initial delivery (pilot). 

Ontario Masteri Shepherd's Course Update (June 2014 OSN)
You're Not Too Late (September 2014 OSN)
The Master Shepherd's Course Continues (March 2015 OSN)
The Master Sheperd's Course 2014: My Perspective
ncreaseing Productivity of Triplet Lambs: Paper
ncreasing Productivity of Triplet Lambs: Article

PROJECT # 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. 

Final Report

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 verus traditional feeds. 

Feeding options for market lambs

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. 

Evaluating a novel dewormer and strategies to help control drug-resistant Haemonchus in sheep

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

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

Timeline: January 2014 - 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 sensititives related to product attributes

New Canadians Prefer the Taste of Ontario Meats
Final Report

PROJECT # R12-4 - Does Pelleting Lamb Feed Improve Efficiency Cost Effectively? 

Applicant: Paul Luimes, University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus

Timeline: December 2012 - August 2014

Objective: To determine the effects of pelleting feed vs. textured feed on growth rate, efficiency of feed use, carcass characteristics, meat quality and feed cost per pound of gain. A second objective is to determine whether the effects of pelleting are consistent across two diverse rations (with and without DDGS).

Pelleting Feed for Lambs

PROJECT # R12-2 - A Systematic Literature Review on Risk Factors for Anthelmintic Resistance in Sheep Flocks

Applicant: Andria Jones-Bitton, University of Guelph

Timeline: May 2012 – January 2014

Objective: To thoroughly review and objectively evaluate all scientific literature which has studied risk factors for anthelmintic resistance on sheep farms. Recommend parasite control strategies that allow us to control, and effectively prevent development of anthelmintic resistance.


A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Factors Associated with Anthelmintic Resistance in Sheep


Risk Factors for Anthelmintic Resistance in Sheep


Will be available in the March Sheep News Magazine!


PROJECT # CAAP 0154 - Predation Prevention Project


Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

Timeline: May 2011 – October 2013

Objective: Increase producer awareness of available predation prevention tools and techniques. Determine the effectiveness of these tools under Ontario conditions and calculate their related cost benefit ratio. Explore additional options not currently available in Ontario and document findings. Also to document spatial distribution of predation in Ontario.


Livestock Predation Study: 2011 - 2013


Examining the Link Between Landscape and Predation - An Update

The Ontario Predation Project Continues...

Predation Tools   



Investigate the feasibility of various software applications for genetic database, flock management tracking and traceability functions for commercial sheep producers in Ontario 

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

 Timeline: February 2013 – October 2013

Objective: There are two primary components to the project, evaluation of flock management software programs in regard to genetics, flock management tracking, traceability and compatibility with RFID hardware devices. The second objective is to disseminate information to producers to raise their awareness of available software programs and RFID devices available to them.


Sheep Software Comparison Survey Report


Sheep Software Comparison Survey


PROJECT # R10-3 - Genetic Evaluation and Selection Tools for Profitability Improvement in Canadian Sheep Production

Applicant:Stephen Miller, University of Guelph

Timeline: June 2010 – March 2013

Objective: This project will update the current genetic evaluation indexes to include all of the new traits now available.  The new indexes will be economic indexes. These indexes will be available via the CGIL web portal for use with GenOvis and bioFlock programs.

PROJECT # CAAP 0231 - Creating a Sheep Industry Strategy for Sustainable Success

 Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

Timeline: January 2012 – March 2013

Objective: Foster closer alignment between sector organizations to support market development. Agree on and articulate a vision of growth potential for the domestic sheep industry. Create a sector-driven strategy and communicate this strategy to all segments of the lamb supply chain. 


"Collaborating by Communicating" Summary Report


Collaborating by Communicating

Sheep Financial Protection Program

PROJECT # AMI 042 - OSMA Sheep Benchmarking Project

 Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

Timeline: September 2011 – January 2013

Objective: A second grant was approved to continue the data collection for a third year.  OSMA will also be producing an economics workbook for annual lambing (an accelerated lambing workbook was previously produced).


This project is complete. Five key performance indicators were found which include:


 1. A flock large enough to capture efficiencies of scale and selected for ewes that have multiple lambs and the ability to raise them is key to profitability.

 2. Pasture systems and total flock feed use from pasture is important for profitability in Ontario sheep flocks.

 3. Lambing frequency and timing are crucial. Cost control appropriate to system is integral to profitability.

 4. Use of genetic and performance data for replacement selection.

 5. Use of time on higher level management tasks versus hands on farming tasks.

Benchmarking Key Performance Indicators


Sheep Benchmarking Project - Overview

Benchmarking Webinar Presentation 1

Benchmarking Webinar Presentation 2 - Is Bigger Better Or Is Being Better Better

Benchmarking Webinar Presentation 3 - Pasture Use

Benchmarking Webinar Presentation 4 - Cost Control

Benchmarking Webinar - AgExpert Software

Benchmarking Webinar - Sheep Census 2011


Determine the Prevalence of Coxiella burnetii (Q Fever) Infection in Sheep Flocks and Goat Herds in Ontario and their Farm Workers.

Applicant:  Paula Menzies, Ontario Veterinary College 

May 2012

Q Fever Factsheet

Q Fever Outbreaks Expensive Hits for Sheep Farms

Effects of Gender, Season of the Year, and Management Regimen on Determining Saleable Meat Yield in Lamb Carcasses Using Ultrasound and Electronic Probe Technologies

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

March 2012

Evaluation of lamb finishing performance when fed increasing levels of corn silage

Applicant:  Dr. Paul Luimes, Ridgetown College  

April 2011

Can Corn Silage be Part of a Profitable Feeder Lamb Nutrition Management Program?

Induction of Cervical Dilation for Transcervical Artificial Insemination (TCAI) in Ewes

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

April 2012

Increasing Producer Awareness of Production Limiting Diseases and Parasites Project

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

December 2012

Genetics of Helminth Resisntance in Sheep

Maedi Visna: A Chronic Wasting Disease

Drug Resistance in Parasites of Sheep in Ontario

To Breed or Not to Breed for Parasite Resistance



Ontario Lamb Promotion

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

March 2012

OMIF Funding Helps OSMA Promote Lamb

Your District Displays Have Arrived!

Overwintering of Gastrointestinal Parasites in Ontario Sheep Production Systems

Applicant:  Andrew Peregrine, University of Guelph

January 2012

Drug Resistance in Parasites of Sheep in Ontario

Parasite Control in Sheep - Now is the Time!

The Performance, Economics and Carcass Quality of Feeding Corn Silage and Other Low Cost Feedstuffs (including industrial by-products) in Finishing Lamb Diets

Applicant: Paul Luimes, Ridgetown College

March 2012

Dried Distillers’ Grains with Solubles (DDGS) is a Viable Option for Feeding Lambs 

The process of making dried distillers’ grains with solubles (DDGS) 

Sheep Performance Benchmarking Study Phase II

Applicant:  Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

July 2011

Measurements to Manage By



AI & ET Feasibility Study – Mallot Creek, 2008 - 2009