Unfortunately the wool market continues to struggle in 2022 due to several factors. The industry is still dealing with the after effects of Covid-19 and global trade disruptions. For wool it has meant a significant drop in demand and lower prices with a new crop always on the way.
China in particular is still trying to maintain a zero Covid policy which is having a dramatic impact on their manufacturing and retail business. It is far from business as usual in China as the government restricts the movement of people, services and business operations in an attempt to eliminate Covid. It makes everyday life quite difficult for the Chinese people and will have a negative affect on their incomes. Clothing purchases will likely be a low priority. As an example, today there were two positive Covid cases recorded in the city of Tianjin which has a population of nine million people. Tomorrow it is mandated that all nine million residents will be Covid tested without exception. Nation wide Covid testing every seventy two hours is still being implemented. The Chinese economy has suffered greatly as a result with consumer confidence now at an all time low.
BC Flooding - Now accepting donations
In response to the recent flooding events in British Columbia which have caused severe negative impacts on farmers and ranchers including an ongoing feed crisis for farm animals, the BC Agriculture Council (BCAC) is now accepting donations to help support these producers.
The organization has already received $100,000 in donations, including $30,000 from Scotiabank, $25,000 each from CIBC and Envision Financial, and $20,000 from Mertin Auto Group in Chilliwack.
Anyone looking to directly support B.C. farmers and ranchers who have been impacted can make a donation on BCAC’s website at www.bcac.ca.
BCAC has also established a list of useful resources available to assist farmers during this time. The list is available on their website and if you would like to contribute services to the list of resources, please contact BCAC.
Recognizing that farmers in western Canada and northwestern Ontario are facing devastating drought conditions, the National Sheep Network (NSN) welcomed the news today from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada that they are investing $100 million to support farmers. This funding will match provincial AgriRecovery submissions and so we encourage you to be working with your provincial organizations to ensure access to support.
We continue to advocate to be sure the needs and concerns of our members are heard. We are also working to ensure sheep farmers are included and covered by assistance programs.
And, if you – or someone you know – need support to cope with this crisis, please visit Do More Ag for a list of resources near you.
Sheep Day is a producer led annual event, targeted to mostly Sheep meat producers, (with limited attention given to milk and wool production at this time). The purpose of Sheep Day is to provide an opportunity for Sheep producers to meet and be educated on the latest technology; discuss pertinent marketing issues, learn about health/nutrition topics, and much more! Plus, interact and exchange ideas with fellow Sheep farmers.
There are two key objectives that the organizing committee strives to achieve daily. The information shared will be linked “back to the animal”. Organizers also hope that producers can implement at least two ideas when they return to their operations.
The humane transport regulations will come into force in February 2020.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will implement a transition period for the feed, water and rest requirements for bovine and other sectors. During the first two years, the CFIA will focus its enforcement efforts on compliance promotion through education and awareness measures, which are part of the CFIA's continuum of enforcement actions.
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October 24, 2019 (Alliston,ON) - The National Sheep Network elected a new chair and vice char at a recent meeting in Ontario. Ryan Greir, from Alberta, will lead the organization in the year ahead as chair with Pierre Lessard from Quebec serving as vice chair.
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The objective of the TRACE Newsletter is to provide an overview of progress on proposed amendments to Part XV of the federal Health of Animals Regulations (hereafter referred to the “Regulations”) that pertains to livestock identification and traceability. This fifth edition focuses on one of the key elements of the regulatory proposal: reporting animal movements. Click link below to download Newsletter.