Sheep farming in Manitoba is considered underutilized, although numbers are on the increase. Canada as a country only has around 1,000,000 breeding sheep, with Canadians on average consuming only two and a half pounds of sheep meat per year. Manitoba sheep population comprises of around 27,000 breeding ewes, plus lambs, with the main breeding stock being Dorset, Suffolk, some Texe, and Rideau Arcott.
Due to our climatic conditions, the sheep are usually grazed in fenced pastures with supplemental dry feed and wintered in corrals. Diseases and ailments, such as foot rot, are by no means as prevalent as they are in the UK.
Local slaughterhouses will be used for service of the local domestic market, or alternatively, there are local buyers who then transport direct in triple decker trucks to the main retail markets of Montreal and Toronto.