The Alberta Sheep Breeders Association Symposium is October 17-19, 2019 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Red Deer. Visit the ASBA website for the full agenda and registration information. Early bird rates apply until Oct 1. Please note that ALP's AGM will be held the evening of Oct 17 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Red Deer. Registration rates apply to the Symposium events, but the AGM is free for all to attend.
On June 21, a positive classical scrapie result was confirmed by a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) laboratory on a sheep from a farm in central Alberta. The sheep was tested due to clinical signs consistent with scrapie. As the scrapie positive sheep lived on multiple premises, a second flock in Alberta has been quarantined and disease control procedures required for classical scrapie have been implemented for both flocks.
On July 26, the CFIA released the following details regarding the ongoing investigation:
ALP is accepting nominations for four Director-at-Large positions on the 2019/20 Board of Directors. Nomination forms must be submitted by 31 August 2019. Eligible producers will vote for new directors by mail-in ballot and in-person at the Annual General Meeting on Oct 17th.
Serving on the board is an exciting and challenging opportunity to advance your industry! Download the nomination form now.
Amendments made to the Agricultural Marketing Programs Regulations increase loan limits from $400,000 to $1 million for all producers on a permanent basis, and increase the interest-free portion of loans on canola advances from $100,000 to $500,000 in the 2019 program year under the APP. Producers of all other commodities can continue to receive up to $100,000 interest-free. As of May 29, canola advances are eligible for up to $400,000 in interest-free loans. Producers will be able to apply for the new amounts as early as June 10 and new advances above $400,000 will be issued as of June 26.
Visit the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada website to learn more.
As of December 1, 2018, livestock producers will need a veterinary prescription to access medically important antimicrobials. Due to changes by Health Canada, these antimicrobials will no longer be sold at authorized medicine sales outlets (e.g. farm supply stores). Producers will only be able to access them through veterinary clinics, pharmacies or mixes in feed from commercial feed mills.