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Canadian Sheep Federation

The Canadian Sheep Federation is a national, non-profit organization that represents all Canadian sheep producers. Its mission is further the viability, expansion and prosperity of the Canadian sheep industry.

The CSF Executive Committee has a number of newly elected members this year including Rob Scott (ON) as Vice-Chair, Cathy Gallivan (NB) as Secretary and Barbara Johnstone Grimmer (BC) as Treasurer.  The rest of the CSF Board of Directors consists of Bill Gibson (AB), Herman Bouw (MB), Cathy Vallis (NS), Claude Gallant (PEI) and Wilson Reid (NL). 

Canadian Sheep Federation 


130 Malcolm Road, Guelph, Ontario, N1K 1B1

519-824-6018 * 1-888-684-7739

Fax 866-909-5360

The CSF website latest news...



Increase in cost of

Canadian Sheep Identification

Administration Fees



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. 

The CSIP fee increase will accommodate the implementation of full traceability in the sheep industry in preparation for regulatory changes expected in the fall of 2016. Additions to the existing national ID program will include movement reporting and tag retirement, with the help of a fully integrated national database.

The CSF continues to work with industry partners and the federal and provincial governments to implement a traceability program that works for Canadian producers. To participate in ongoing traceability consultations, contact your provincial organization or contact the Canadian Sheep Federation by email at or by calling 888.684.7739.






New Markets Open for Canadian Sheep Products in Mexico

October 31, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) is pleased to announce that, thanks to the efforts of the Market Access Secretariat (MAS), Canadian sheep and goat meat, offal and viscera from animals without any age restriction can now be shipped to Mexico.  Prior to today’s announcement, there were restrictions on these products that limited Canada’s ability to export mutton to that country.



Canada invests in a national livestock traceability database

October 16, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) commends the federal government for its $7.5 million investment in Canadian Agri-Traceability Services (TraceCanada) and its commitment to a world-class national livestock traceability database.  Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced the investment at a meeting of the traceability Industry-Government Advisory Committee held in Calgary last week.  

This investment in TraceCanada will support the development, implementation and operation of a national livestock traceability data service that will collect, maintain and manage traceability information in accordance with national standards, federal and provincial regulations, and the specific needs and requirements of industry.  The announcement comes as the sheep, goat, cattle, bison and cervid sectors consult on traceability program requirements that could come into effect as soon as 2016.  Canadian Agri-Traceability Services will provide a database that all sectors can utilize, capitalizing on the cost-sharing benefits of a single traceability window.

“We are pleased with the federal government’s continued commitment to the livestock industry” says Phil Kolodychuk, Chair of the Canadian Sheep Federation “and appreciate that this single multi-species database will help minimize the cost of traceability to producers by sharing costs amongst stakeholders.  A sound and sustainable traceability program will not only protect producers and consumers in the event of a disease outbreak, it will help strengthen our domestic markets and expand our foreign market access.”

The CSF is a national not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of sheep and lamb producers across Canada.  The Canadian Sheep Federation’s mission is to further the viability, expansion and prosperity of the Canadian sheep and wool industries.  


Harper Government Supports National Livestock Traceability Database

October 9, 2014 - Calgary, Alberta - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of $7.5 million to the Canadian Agri Traceability Services to develop, implement and operate a national livestock traceability data service.

This national traceability database will collect, maintain and manage information in accordance with national standards, federal and provincial regulations, and the specific needs and requirements of industry. The project is divided into two phases. The first phase will look at the development and implementation of the traceability database. The second phase will involve seeing it into operation.

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Phil Kolodychuk elected Canadian Sheep Federation Chairman of the Board

November, 2013 – Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) is pleased to announce the election of Phil Kolodychuk as Chairman of the Board at the 2013 Annual General Meeting. Phil Kolodychuk, along with his wife and children have raised lambs in Bluesky, Alberta for the past 12 years.

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Draft Sheep Code of Practice released for Public Comment

(Ottawa) 09 July 2013 – The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) are pleased to announce the launch of the public comment period on the draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep.

The draft Code can be viewed and submissions made at until September 6, 2013. The public comment period allows stakeholders - sheep producers, consumers and others with an interest in the welfare of sheep - to view the draft Code and provide input to the final Code. All submissions must be made through the online system and follow the instructions provided.

A Scientific Committee report summarizing research on priority welfare topics for sheep can be found online alongside the draft Code. This peer-reviewed report aided the discussions of the Code Development Committee as they prepared the draft Code of Practice. The committee includes researchers with expertise in sheep behaviour, health and welfare.

“The Code Development Committee has worked hard for the past two years developing the draft Code,” says John Hemsted, sheep producer from Ontario and Chair of the Code Development Committee. “This public comment period will allow us to ensure we are on the right track in providing sheep owners with the information they need to meet the needs of their animals. All feedback received through the public comment period will be considered by the committee as they finalize the new Code.”

“It’s been a pleasure to work with this diverse group of people to develop a draft Code that greatly advances the welfare of sheep,” says Dr. Carol Morgan, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies representative on the Code Development Committee. "We hope to receive broad input from the general public and from those involved in the sheep industry to ensure this Code reflects the values of Canadians and ensures good care of sheep.”

The sheep Code revision is led by a 17-person Code Development Committee. Members include sheep producers, animal welfare and enforcement representatives, researchers, veterinarians and government representatives. The final sheep Code of Practice will be released by the end of this year. More information on the Code development process is available at

The sheep Code is one of eight Codes of Practice currently under revision as part of a multi-year NFACC project. Codes of Practice serve as our national understanding of animal care requirements and recommended practices. It is important Codes be scientifically informed, practical and reflect societal expectations for responsible farm animal care. The Codes cover housing, feed and water, handling, euthanasia, transport and other important management practices.

Funding for the Codes of Practice is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Agricultural Flexibility Fund, under the Addressing Domestic and International Market Expectations Relative to Farm Animal Welfare initiative, as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

About the National Farm Animal Care Council

NFACC is a collaborative partnership of diverse stakeholders created in 2005 to share information and work together on farm animal care and welfare. It is the national lead for farm animal care issues in Canada. NFACC would like to acknowledge the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC) for their role in securing funding for this project. For more information on NFACC visit

About the Canadian Sheep Federation

CSF is a national non-profit organization that represents all Canadian sheep producers. Established in 1990, the primary responsibility of the organization is to set national policy for the sheep industry. The mission of the CSF is to represent all producers in providing leadership aimed at cooperative work among all levels of government and industry-related organizations, both domestic and foreign, to further the viability, growth and prosperity of the Canadian sheep, wool and dairy industry.

For more information contact:

Jackie Wepruk, General Manager & Project Coordinator, National Farm Animal Care Council, (403) 783-4066,,

Corlena Patterson, Executive Director, Canadian Sheep Federation, 1-888-684-7739,,


Canadian Sheep Federation Appoints New Executive Director

June 21, 2013 – Ottawa, Ontario - Following an exhaustive search, the Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Corlena Patterson as its new Executive Director.

“We are confident that the skills Corlena brings to this assignment will be an asset to the organization and will help the Canadian Sheep Federation work as an advocate for sheep producers, creating conditions for the success of the industry” said Andrew Gordanier, CSF Chair.

Corlena has been a member of the CSF team since May of 2011, serving as Project Manager to the National TSE Eradication Plan.  Corlena has an extensive background in Canadian agriculture including a five year tenure as adjunct lecturer in the Agriculture and Equine Departments of the University of Guelph.   In addition to a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from McGill University, Corlena is completing a Master’s program with the Royal School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

“I would like to thank the CSF Board of Directors for their support in my appointment as Executive Director.  I am excited for the challenges and opportunities this post presents, and for the future of the Canadian sheep industry” says Patterson, adding “Having been a producer myself, this position is near and dear to me”.

Patterson will assume Executive Director responsibilities for the Canadian Sheep Federation straight away, maintaining momentum in the renewal process, as well as on the Traceability, Scrapie and On-Farm Food Safety (OFFS) files.

The Canadian Sheep Federation is a national, non-profit organization that represents all Canadian sheep producers. Its mission is further the viability, expansion and prosperity of the Canadian sheep and wool industry.

The Canadian Sheep Federation is a national, non-profit organization that represents all Canadian sheep producers. Its mission is to further the viability, expansion and prosperity of the Canadian sheep and wool industry.

For more information, contact the Canadian Sheep Federation at 888.684.7739 or



New Food Safe Farm Practices Online Training Modules Launched

February 12, 2012 – Guelph, Ontario – The Canadian Sheep Federation is proud to announce the release of new online training modules for the Canadian Sheep and Lamb Food Safe Farm Practices Program. Read more...



September 7, 2011 (Guelph, ON) – The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) is pleased to announce that Jennifer MacTavish has resumed her position as Executive Director with the Federation as of September 6, 2011.

 Barb Caswell held the position of Interim Executive Director during MacTavish's ten-month maternity leave. During her time as Interim Executive Director, Barb was responsible the day-to-day operations of the Federation and keeping key industry initiatives moving forward, such as Animal Identification and Traceability, Biosecurity, Scrapie and Revisions to the Codes of Practice.  The Federation is as committed as ever to ensuring the growth and sustainability of one of Canada's highest potential agri-food sectors. MacTavish will once again be working closely with industry and government stakeholders to chart and implement further evolution of the industry, in order to maximize opportunities for the future.

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Barb for her hard work and dedication over the past ten months. With Barb back in her role as National Coordinator On-Farm Food Safety, and Jennifer in place once again as Executive Director, we are back to the full complement of expertise on our national team to better support our industry moving forward." stated Andrew Gordanier, Chairman of the CSF.

The Canadian Sheep Federation is a national, non-profit organization that represents all Canadian sheep producers. Its mission is further the viability, expansion and prosperity of the Canadian sheep and wool industry.

For more information contact the Canadian Sheep Federation at 1-888-684-7739 or


Stats Canada

July Statistics Canada numbers show continued increases to National Ewe Flock

Données de StatCanada pour juillet : l'essor du cheptel national de brebis se poursuit

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Key milestones for mandatory RFID tags 

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* Starting Oct 1, 2011 Ketchum Kurl lock and Allflex dangle tags will no longer be available for sale from the manufacturers as Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP) tags.

* Retailers will have until October 1, 2011 to sell any remaining stocks.

* All animals born or tagged after the January 1, 2012 must be tagged with approved CSIP RFID tags.

* Approved CSIP RFID tags include the Shearwell Data Ltd SET tag, and the Allflex RFID Button Tag.

* After December 31, 2012 the Ketchum Kurl lock #3 and the Allflex dangle tags will be officially removed from the list of approved tags for the CSIP and will no longer be accepted at sales, abattoirs or by CFIA as official CSIP tags for shipping, transfer or sale of sheep in Canada.

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