Demand Drives Change in the Canadian Sheep Industry

It appears that Canada’s sheep industry is turning around.

Canada’s ewe flock has steadily declined from close to one million head in 2005 to just over 800,000 in 2011, but recent increases in global demand coupled with high prices are prompting a push for greater industry productivity and innovation.

Alberta Agriculture launched a series of initiatives to help producers “build better lambs” including a current pilot project that provides electronic feedback on carcass data from processor to producer. The project hit resistance with RFID tags that cost $3 to $5 but newly approved tags at a price of $1.65 resulted in a tremendous industry uptake.

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