Celebrating 100 years of outstanding service and valuable contribution to the Carleton Place Business Community.

Written by CP Chamber of Commerce Friday, July 20, 2018

Congratulations on celebrating 100 years of outstanding service and valuable contribution to the Carleton Place Business Community.

100 years of outstanding service for CCWG in Carleton Place

Presented by the Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce on July 20, 2018.

This week our chair Jamie Law of Law & Orders and our General Manager Jackie Kavanagh were honoured to present the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited (CCWG Livestock Supplies & Equestrian Centre and the Real Wool Shop) with a special certificate in appreciation to their 100 years of outstanding service and valuable contribution to the Carleton Place Business Community.

Congratulations on celebrating 100 years of outstanding service and valuable contribution to the Carleton Place Business Community.

Left to right:
Jamie Law, Eric Bjergso, Erin Pretty, Lee-Anne Durant-McIntyre, Andrew Brydges, Jackie Kavanagh

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Newly merged entity, North American Lamb Company Ltd (NALC)

Written by NALC Thursday, July 19, 2018

The North American Lamb Company

Canada Gold Beef Ltd, owners of the Innisfail Alberta based SunGold Specialty Meats Ltd. (SunGold) and the Canada Gold Lamb Lot near Iron Springs Alberta, wish to announce the merger of their lamb operations with that of Fresh Canada Meats Ltd, the majority shareholder of Manitoba based Canada Sheep and Lamb Farms Ltd. Fresh Canada Meats is a wholly owned Canadian subsidiary of Integrated Foods Ltd, an integrated lamb producer and processor in New Zealand.

The newly merged entity, North American Lamb Company Ltd (NALC), will control lamb production and marketing for the group encompassing genetics, breeding, finishing, processing and sales. This merger is designed to form a truly Canadian integrated lamb supply chain to provide premium lamb products to domestic and international markets with year-round consistent supply and specification.

Inconsistency has plagued the Canadian sheep industry for as long as it has existed. Growing the lamb product demand in a diverse and growing market such as North America requires a consistent and reliable supply of sufficient scale to allow solid programs to be built with retail and food service partners. NALC is all about bringing together a disciplined, significant and resilient supply chain to benefit such retail and food service customers and ultimately the consumer through recognized branded product lines.

Canada Sheep and Lamb Farms is one of the largest sheep farming operations in North America producing lambs year-round from a breeding flock currently exceeding 35,000 ewes and ewe lambs and soon growing to some 50,000 plus head. This farming system is designed to produce significant numbers of lambs for finishing to market specification at the Canada Gold Lamb Lot.

The Canada Gold Lamb Lot is a state of the art, one of a kind lamb feeding operation in the heart of Southern Alberta cattle feeding country with a licenced one-time capacity of 50,000 lambs. This lamb feeding facility has scope to finish some 200,000 market lambs per year.

SunGold is Canada’s largest federal lamb processing plant. Significant investments have been completed across many areas making it one of the premier lamb processing plants in North America. The plant utilizes many of the latest technologies in processing and value-added production and ships products domestically and around the world to a diverse set of customers.

The merger does not preclude NALC working with both established and new entrant lamb producers as well as other entities who wish to be involved in a unique lamb supply and value chain that is able to provide sustainable opportunities for those capable of disciplined business relationships.

It is an exciting time for NALC and the Canadian sheep industry. The merger is a natural evolution in the maturity of the Canadian lamb industry that has, in the past, suffered from fragmentation and uncertainty. The industry can now aspire to be one that is truly customer driven and achieve sustainable, long term future growth.

What does this mean for producers?
NALC is committed to create a controlled supply and value chain for North America to meet the disciplines of delivery in full, on time and in specification. This business model creates many opportunities for forward thinking producers to both specialise and scale up their lamb operations to create a sustainable future for themselves.

What does this mean for customers and consumers?
NALC is driven by the market need for a Canadian based year-round supply of consistent lamb products. For retail and foodservice customers this means they will be able to work directly with NALC on desired specifications and products including tailored genetics and lamb production programs. For the first time ever, Canadian retailers and foodservice companies will be able to get the volume of Canadian lamb they want, when they need it and at the specifications they require.

For further information please contact:
Gary Alexander
President & CEO
North American Lamb Company Ltd

Miles Kliner
General Manager
Sungold Specialty Meats Ltd

Sheep producers named farm family of the year

Written by Lorraine Stevenson - Manitoba Co-operator Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sheep producers named farm family of the year

Silver Bend Ranch of Miniota has earned the 2018 honour from the Red River Exhibition Association

By Lorraine Stevenson
Reporter for the Manitoba Co-operator

Brian Greaves & Karen Hill

Brian Greaves and Karen Hill and their son Mark are the Red River Exhibition Association’s 2018 Farm Family of the Year. The couple also has a daughter, Alison, who is studying veterinary medicine in New Zealand.
A Miniota-area couple who began to farm “from scratch” in the early 1990s is the 2018 Farm Family of the Year, named by the Red River Exhibition Association (RREA).
Brian Greaves and Karen Hill, who have two children Mark and Alison, were presented with the award during the Hall of Fame banquet in Winnipeg last week.
It’s a great honour, says the couple, who took over the farm on Hill’s family’s side in 1993, naming it Silver Bend Ranch.

A school teacher, Hill met Greaves in New Zealand while visiting there to do some travelling and teaching.
Greaves brought with him over 20 years’ experience in the sheep sector when he came to Canada.
The two and a quarter sections they began to farm included land Karen’s grandparents had homesteaded, plus land acquired by uncles and her father over time.
Her father bought his parcel with pay from his service in the Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, but pursued a career as an agricultural representative in Dauphin instead of going back to farm.
Hill and Greaves stepped up as farm successors after her bachelor uncles had no immediate family to carry on behind them.
They then became both sheep and cattle farmers and have exemplified adaptation, innovation and environmental stewardship in their farm operation.

Big changes

Over a relatively short period of time, they made many changes and improvements to it, the most significant being switching all its cropland over to perennial pasture.
They re-established hay land, added shelterbelts, enabled rotational grazing, and restored a nearby wetland, fencing it to keep out livestock. They also began to deploy innovative farming practices like no-till seeding, polycropping, and winter bale grazing.
All of this was done to ensure their farm’s long-term sustainability, said Hill.
Theirs is very light and sandy soil, which had eroded and become depleted from earlier conventional practices used there.
“We knew if we were going to be a success on the farm, job one was to restore the health of the soil,” she said.
The wetland restoration was undertaken in a partnership with Upper Assiniboine Conservation District. The area had been drained in the 1950s when Hwy. 83 was constructed, but was never a productive site and they wanted to see its role protecting the watershed resume, said Hill.
“We have wonderful groundwater here and it’s really important to us to maintain that underground water supply.”
They also worked with the Upper Assiniboine Conservation District and Prairie View Municipality to create an easement on 95 acres of land along the Assiniboine River for the development of publicly accessible hiking trails and riparian forest, and Hill was involved with a local committee that had interpretive signage placed on it acknowledging the presence of Aboriginal people once residing in the surrounding Assiniboine River Valley.
Their artifacts dating back 1,000 years have been found in the river valley below their farm, notes Hill.

Sheep producers

The couple has 120 head of cattle but are also the first sheep producers to be honoured with the RREA award.
They currently have 60 breeding ewes and about 140 lambs and Greaves’ experiments with crossbreeding their sheep flock have produced a composite breed featuring maximum carcass growth, increased fertility and significantly higher-quality wool.
They took the view that if you have to shear wool, it should generate income, said Hill. Lower-quality wool can cost more to have it sheared than it’s worth.
“Our sheep now produce 10 to 12 lbs. of wool per sheep and we’re now into the levels of what’s considered finer wool, so we’re looking at $2 to $2.40 per pound for it,” she said.
Greaves has served in numerous leadership roles with groups and boards such as the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers, Manitoba Sheep Association, served as a mentor to other sheep producers, and as a wool and sheep judge in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Karen’s been a volunteer board member and staff with Agriculture in the Classroom–MB and a 4-H leader while also serving on the executive of local sports and culture groups.

Next generation

Their devotion to agricultural life has evidently rubbed off on the next generation too.
Their son Mark has recently signaled his intent and interest to carry on the farm and is now enrolled to study animal science in September. Their daughter Alison is completing her final year of study in veterinary medicine in New Zealand.
The farm family’s name has been added to a distinguished list of 52 other farm families recognized by the RREA since the award’s inception in 1966.
“The Greaves Hill family is deserving of this award because they embody what it means to live in rural Manitoba,” said Eleanor Cassels, chair of the Farm Family committee and president of the Red River Exhibition Association.
“They engage with their community, are exemplary stewards of the environment and have built a farm business that is progressive, diverse and a welcome place to work and visit.”
This article was originally published in the June 28 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator.

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Alberta Veterinarian Honoured for Dedicating Entire Career to Canadian Livestock Industry

Written by Alberta Lamb Producers Thursday, July 12, 2018

Alberta Veterinarian Honoured for Dedicating Entire Career to Canadian Livestock Industry

Press release:  Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, July 6, 2018 


Vancouver, B.C. – Dr. Kathleen Parker was awarded the 2018 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Merck Veterinary Award for dedicating her entire career to contributing to the Canadian livestock industry, including poultry, swine, beef, and more recently, small ruminants.
After graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 1981, Dr. Parker established a mixed animal practice in central Alberta. The large animal ambulatory service has evolved into a comprehensive mixed animal practice today at a clinic in Three Hills, Alta. where she also runs a purebred Suffolk Sheep Farm with her husband.
Her dedication and passion for the improvement of animal health has been demonstrated through her lifetime commitment to her own practice, as well the various positions she has held within small ruminant organizations and her involvement with industry events.
Dr. Parker remains a valued keynote speaker at symposiums, workshops, and conferences across Canada. She strives to encompass the overall scope of the animal health industry by empowering producers, students, and clients to learn and understand the purpose and benefit of livestock welfare. She is a veterinarian that teaches those around her because it is her belief that knowledge is power.
“She has devoted countless hours to producer meetings, continuing education events for producers and veterinarians alike, and has sat on numerous boards and advisory committees,” says Dr. Leisa Floreani, veterinarian at the Fairview Veterinary Clinic Ltd. “Furthermore, she has also mentored dozens of veterinary students from both the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. The value of her tireless efforts towards developing young veterinarians cannot be overstated.”
One of her biggest contributions to the health of small ruminants in western Canada was securing the funding and authors to develop the various modules that make up the Flock Health Manuals available through the Alberta Lamb Producers website (http://ablamb.ca/index.php/resources/flock-health-management/sheep-health-resources).
The Merck Veterinary Award, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, is presented to a veterinarian whose work in large animal practice, clinical research, or basic sciences is judged to have contributed significantly to the advancement of large animal medicine and surgery, including herd health management.

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is the national and international voice for Canada’s veterinarians, providing leadership and advocacy for veterinary medicine. Each year, CVMA proudly recognizes individuals and groups for their outstanding contribution to veterinary medicine. Visit canadianveterinarians.net to learn more about CVMA.

Congratulations to Dr. Parker from Alberta Lamb Producers on receiving this prestigious award!


Holstein Agro Expo 2018

Written by CCWG Friday, July 6, 2018

Holstein Agro Expo 

Sheep Shearing Competition July 6-7, 2018


7th Annual Eastern Canadian Sheep Shearing Competition

7th Annual Eastern Canadian Sheep Shearing Competition

Left to right:
Don Metheral, Don Lewis, Jerry Kelleher, Sam Sloan, John Kuepfer


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