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  • Nancy Mallinson, Langley 604.6256855
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CFIA Audit 2017

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is currently doing on-farm spot audits to check if producers are using their CSIP sheep tags properly (the yellow tags). Please note the following instructions and tell your fellow sheep producers about this. Thank you.:

In December, the CFIA launched a series of Canadian Sheep Identification Program (Yellow CSIP ear tag) on-farm audits as part of the program’s performance evaluation.

Subject farms are chosen randomly from CCIA’s database of registered program participants, and producers are contacted directly by the CFIA. To date, it appears as though farms in Ontario are on the audit list. The CFIA is not required to notify anyone other than farm owners of the audits, and in fact the information is protected.

Farms in all provinces should be prepared for possible audits by ensuring they are maintaining the appropriate records and following program requirements. The following describes what to expect during an on-farm audit:

Inspectors will observe, consult available documentation and interview as necessary to verify that:

1. Ovine and their carcasses bear an approved tag before leaving the farm of origin.

2. Ovine and their carcasses received from a site other than the farm of origin bear an approved tag, unless there is an indication that they lost their approved tags during transportation.

3. Ovine that lost their approved tags while being transported to the site are identified with a new approved tag immediately after it is received at that site.

4. Ovine having left their farm of origin and not bearing an approved tag or identified with a revoked tag are immediately re-identified with anapproved tag.

5. Approved tags are applied to the proper species of animal.

6. Approved tags are applied to the ear of the animal with the logo and number facing forward.

7. Approved tags applied to the animal or their carcasses were issued for this site.

8.Check up to 12 ovine to which a new approved tag has been applied and verify that the following information has been kept in records for at least 2 years:

The number of the new approved tag

Enough information about the origin of the animal or the carcass including, if known: the ID number of the previous tag, the coordinates of the previous owner/custodian, the ID of the conveyance in which the animals were conveyed, and the date when it was brought to the place. 
9. Check up to 12 ovine identified with an approved tag and which were slaughtered or died on the site, and verify that a record for the approved tag identification number and the date at which the animal was slaughtered or died has been kept in records for at least 2 years.

10. Check up to 12 ovine not identified with an approved tag and disposed anywhere but on the farm of origin where the animal died, and verify that enough information about the origin of the animal or carcass to enable the origin to be traced has been kept in records for at least 2 years.

11.Check up to 12 ovine 18 months of age or older, and transported to a destination other than a federally or provincially inspected abattoir, and verify that a record of the following information has been kept for at least 5 years:

the ID on the approved tag that is applied to the ovine the reason for and the date at which the ovine was removed from the site the name and address of the custodian/owner of the ovine at the destination site

12.Check up to 12 bred ovine which were received at the site, and verify that a record of the following information has been kept for at least 5 years:

the ID on the approved tag that is applied to the ovine the date of reception the name and address of the ovine owner/custodian at the departure site.

13. In the event that a new approved tag has been applied to an ovine or its carcass that already bears an approved or a revoked tag, verify for up to 5 events that the number for the new approved tag as well as the number of the tag previously applied have been reported to the database within 30 days after the new approved tag is applied.

14.In the event carcasses of ovine bearing approved or revoked tags have been disposed of on site: verify, for up to 5 ovine, that the ID numbers of the approved tags borne by the ovine carcasses disposed of by the operator have been reported within 30 days after disposing of the carcass.



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News From CSF:  February 1, 2016
Elanco Canada Introduces Flukiver™
(closantel sodium) Oral Suspension for the treatment of Haemonchus contortus (Barber Pole worm) infection in sheep and lambs

GUELPH, ONTARIO: (February 1, 2016) - Elanco Canada, introduces FLUKIVER, an oral suspension for the treatment of Haemonchus contortus (Barber Pole worm) infection in sheep and lambs. This is a prescription product available only through veterinarians. Canadian labelled product is anticipated to arrive late spring of 2016 and at that time veterinarians will be notified of its availability.

At this time a small stock of Flukiver continues to be available through the Emergency Drug Release (EDR) approval program managed by the Veterinary Drugs Directorate – Health Canada.

For technical Information regarding Flukiver please contact Nancy Perlich or directly by phone at +1 403-360-2658. For assistance with the EDR process please contact Nicole Pinto or directly by phone at +1 519-341-7002.

Elanco provides comprehensive products and knowledge services to improve animal health and food animal production in more than 70 countries around the world. We value innovation, both in scientific research and daily operations, and strive to cultivate a collaborative work environment for nearly 7,000 employees worldwide. Together with our customers, we are committed to raising awareness about global food security, and celebrating and supporting the human-animal bond. Founded in 1954, Elanco is a division of Eli Lilly and Company. Our worldwide headquarters and research facilities are located in Greenfield, Indiana. Visit us at

Elanco®, Flukiver™ and the diagonal bar are trademarks of Eli Lilly and Company, it subsidiaries or affiliates. © 2016 Eli Lilly and Company, or its affiliates. CACTLFLK00002
News Release: 2016 Nuffield Farming Scholarship Applications Open
(Innisfail, AB – March 05) The Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust is accepting applications for their 2016 program. Applications are due by April 30, 2015 and forms can be downloaded from the Nuffield Canada website at
Three scholarships of $15,000 each are available for 2016.
Nuffield Farming Scholarships are awarded to enthusiastic individuals, with a passion for agriculture and a desire to expand their knowledge, pursue new ideas and to share their findings with others. Applicants should be in mid-career, be between the ages of 25 and 45 (recommended only) and must have a minimum of five years agricultural business or farming experience plus the management ability to step away from their current duties. The Scholar must travel for a minimum of ten weeks, with a leg of at least six consecutive weeks. Scholarships are not for those involved in full-time studies or for the purpose of furthering existing research projects.
"The Nuffield Farming Scholarship provides innovative Canadians with the funding to travel internationally to explore agricultural issues and opportunities in a global context," said Kelvin Meadows, Chair and 2011 Scholar. "Through allowing scholars to further develop their capabilities, we enable them to be better farmers, business managers and leaders and make a significant contribution to Canadian agriculture.”
The scholarships are awarded to men and women who are judged to have the greatest potential to create value for themselves, their industries and their communities, through the doors which will be opened and the opportunities provided for life-long learning and improvement. The scholarships are awarded on the strength of the applicants’ vision, enthusiasm and determination to pursue their goals.
A key part of the scholarship is the opportunity for winners to study a topic of interest to themselves through out their travels. Scholars must complete their project within two years of winning the award and are expected to produce a written report and present their findings.
Canadian Nuffield Scholars are also required to participate in the Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC) where they will meet other current scholars from around the world. The 2016 Conference will be held in Ireland in early March.
Applications must be received by April 30, 2015. Application forms are available from the Nuffield website
For more information on Nuffield Canada, visit or for questions about the international element, visit
For more information:
Alan Miller
Executive Director, Nuffield Canada
(902) 940-4957

Sheep Numbers Drop on Salt Spring Island

A recent survey conducted for the Salt Spring Agricultural Alliance found the number of livestock (including poultry) on Salt Spring farms has decreased by half in the last five years. In total, there are 44% fewer cattle, sheep, pigs and goats thatn there were in 2004 and 54% fewer chickens, turkeys, duck and geese. The most significant factor in this decrease is the loss of slaughter and butchering services on the island. This change is associated with the provincial government's slaughtering regulations which came into effect in 2007. For more information, contact Barbara Johnstone Grimmer at

Compendium of Veterinary Products

The Canadian Sheep Federation has obtained a link to the Compendium of Veterinary Products. The compendium offers complete and up to date information on veterinary products.

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