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Wild Sheep Society of British Columbia's M.Ovi Essay Contest


June 15, 2020
posted in: Conservation, News

2020 was the Wild Sheep Society of British Columbia's (WSSBC) third year of supporting our young 4H membership and provincial sheep show at the Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) in Armstrong, BC. Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, this amazing event had to be canceled. WSSBC has built relations with the Armstrong Multi club, and recently one of the members has moved the Lumby 4H club. WSSBC has attended and supported the IPE and 4H for the past two years and has been grateful to come and share information regarding Mycoplasma Ovipneumoniae (M.Ovi) transmission and has begun building strong relationships within the domestic sheep community. The end goal is to spread critical information and create a healthier future for not only wild sheep but domestic sheep as well.
 
In 2018, WSSBC purchased three lambs from young 4H members at the IPE. One of these lambs was a ewe, which was placed at Otter Creek Farms with Dan and Anna to care for on our behalf. We had this lovely ewe bred, and she provided two beautiful ram lambs on February 27, 2020. 
 
Otter Creek Farms have been an amazing promoter and supporter of WSSBC and became M.Ovi free in 2018. They have been providing M.Ovi free lambs to 4H kids for the past year, and hope to continue their M.Ovi free status in the years ahead. 
 
For the 2019/2020 season, WSSBC conducted an M.Ovi Essay contest specific for 4H members to win their following year's lamb project. Being graced with two lambs, WSSBC was able to support two incredible individuals with their lamb projects despite the challenges this year has provided. 
 
We are currently in contact with the IPE and how we can support these groups, especially with the sad news that the IPE been canceled for 2020. Many 4H members have market lamb projects at home. Stay tuned for more details to come and how you might be able to support our young supporters! 
 
We extend a heartfelt congratulations to our winners of the WSSBC M.Ovi Essay Contest. These two individuals have been champions of sharing information about M.Ovi and how it is transmitted. Both Poppy and Scott had their lambs tested last year at the IPE and continue to learn about and share the importance of having their sheep tested and helping stop the spread of M.Ovi. Keep an eye out for the monthly updates on how these two lambs are doing, as both Poppy and Scott will be keeping us posted with pictures and updates. 
 
WSSBC would like to give a huge thank you to Otter Creek Farms for taking such great care of our ewe and helping provide us with two beautiful lambs.
 
• Poppy Maksymiuk Essay

• Scott Zabil Essay

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