Pink Ketchum Kurl-Lock #3 tag

Written by Canadian Sheep Federation Thursday, November 23, 2017

Pink Ketchum Kurl-Lock #3 tag (OVI-07-01) revoked from CSIP effective immediately

Ottawa, ON (November 23, 2017) – Earlier today, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency officially revoked the Ketchum Kurl-Lock #3 tag (OVI-07-01) with published updates to the list of animal indicators approved under the Livestock Identification and Traceability (TRACE) program.  In a news release issued September 15th, the Canadian Sheep Federation notified Canadian sheep farmers and ranchers that the pink metal Ketchum Kurl-Lock #3 tag was poised to be revoked from the Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP), in preparation for today’s announcement.  
Now that the Ketchum Kurl-Lock tag is officially revoked, producers are reminded that an animal may not be shipped from it’s current location bearing only the pink Ketchum tag.  A new, currently approved, CSIP tag will need to be added to animals leaving their current premises even if they have a pink Ketchum tag in their ear.  You will also need to report the new tag number to Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) along with the number of the pink tag already on the animal.  You MAY NOT remove a pink metal Ketchum tag from a sheep or lamb even after the tag has been revoked, it is illegal. 
For more information about the Canadian Sheep Identification Program, visit the Canadian Sheep Federation’s website at: or give us a call at 888.684.7739.

For detailed information about regulated national animal identification programs, including up to date lists of approved identifiers for all regulated species, visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website:
To report information to the CSIP database, including the application of a new tag to an animal with a pink metal Ketchum Kurl-Lock tag, access your online account at  If you’re having trouble accessing your online account, give CCIA a call at 877.909.2333.

Accessible and user-friendly software for improved risk management in the sheep sector

Written by Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada Thursday, November 16, 2017

Accessible and user-friendly software for improved risk management in the sheep sector


News Release from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada  -  read the full story

November 16, 2017 – Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, Quebec – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Lamb meat and mutton are increasingly popular food choices among Canadians, creating better business opportunities for sheep producers and the agricultural sector as a whole. The Government of Canada provides leading support for science and innovation in order to increase business profitability, enhance industry competitiveness, and foster growth and the creation of good, well-paying jobs.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament (Louis-Hébert), Joël Lightbound, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, today announced a contribution of up to $437,562 to Université Laval for the production of a new version of the Simulovins software, which will facilitate decision making for sheep farmers and steer them toward the most profitable models and production techniques. 

CCWG Wool Industry News

Written by CCWG Monday, October 23, 2017

CCWG Wool Industry News 2017

The CCWG recently held Management and Board of Director meetings at the 99th Annual General Meeting in Lethbridge, AB on October 19th – 21st, 2017.
The 2017 elected Board of Directors are as follows:

President - David Mastine, St. Felix de Kingsey, QC
1st Vice President - Lee E. Sexton, Hanley, SK
2nd Vice President - Allan E. Ribbink, Tiverton, ON
- Roma H. Tingle, Prince George, BC
Additional Directors on the Board are as follows:
Warren L. Moore, Stavely, AB (Audit Committee)
Ward Harden, Fir Mountain, SK  (Audit Committee)
Ruth Mathewson, Central North River, NS (Audit Committee)
John D. Woodburn, Grimshaw, AB 
Gary J. Fox, Bloomfield, ON
Brian W. Greaves, Miniota, MB 

For the fiscal year ending February 28, 2017 the co-operative recorded gross sales of almost 10.2 million which represents an increase of 2.5% from the previous year.  Net income of almost 1.2 million was achieved which included the gain on the sale of a company owned property in Lethbridge, Alberta.

The Board of Directors have authorized a dividend payment of 7% to the shareholders of record date December 31, 2016. The company has always paid a dividend and it has been 7% annually since 1999. The Shareholder Wool Shipper Loyalty Reward Program (SWSLRP) will remain at the rate of 7 cents per pound on the 2016 wool clip. Full details of these programs can be found on the company website For a report on the current wool market and our business update - CCWG Market Reports

In other news, a thorough review and evaluation of the company’s long term strategic business plan was completed by the Board of Directors and Management team. The official grand opening took place at the company’s new Lethbridge, Alberta facility on Saturday October 21st. It is located in the Broxburn Business Park and in close proximity to both major livestock auctions. A large group of local dignitaries, CCWG customers, directors & staff were in attendance to participate in this event. A customer appreciation barbeque was also held to coincide with other promotional activities that were taking place throughout the day. 
An evening banquet featuring Alberta rack of lamb capped off the three day event with 90 people in attendance. In 2018 the Annual General Meeting will be held in Carleton Place, Ontario from October 18th – 20th where we will celebrate 100 years in business.

Long time Saskatchewan sheep shearer Lorrie Reed was recognized by CCWG for his many years of shearing service in western Canada.

The national Wool Certificate of Merit recipients for 2016 were announced and presented to the attending winners at the 99th AGM in Lethbridge, AB at the banquet on Oct 21st.

Wool Certificate of Merit Award winners for 2016 attending the 99th AGM Banquet
Front row - Nathanael & Christine Polson; Arlette Seib; Kathleen & Wes Britnell
Back row – CC Farming Co. Ltd: Robert Walter, Jeff & Gerald Stahl; Roger Britnell; Lorrie Reed – SK shearer


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OVR Park Development in Carleton Place

Written by Carleton Place Town Hall Friday, October 13, 2017

​Conceptual drawings for the proposed OVR community parkland space beside CCWG in Carleton Place, ON

Carleton Place Town Hall
Published on 13 Oct 2017
If you have driven past the OWFC, OPP & CCWG buildings lately you may have noticed work beginning along the abandoned rail line between Moore and Coleman Street. This is the preliminary grading and drainage work for what will become a parkland space that can be enjoyed by the whole community.
This video illustrates the conceptual plans for the area. A request for funding for this project has been made as part of the 2018 budgeting process. If approved, work on the project will begin in early 2018 and the expectation is that the park will be open for public use in 2019 which will coincide with the Town’s 200th Anniversary.



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