Sheep and Goat

  • The sheep and goat industry includes operations primarily engaged in raising sheep and goats and feeding or fattening lambs.
  • Since 2002, the number of farms has declined and the workforce has shrunk by more than a quarter. It’s currently the smallest employer in the Canadian agriculture sector with just 3,300 workers.
  • In 2014, the industry was unable to fill 600 jobs, and these shortages cost the industry $8 million, or more than 5% of sales.
  • Looking ahead to 2025, the industry’s labour gap is expected to widen further as the supply of domestic labour shrinks, in large part due to a high retirement rate.
  • If the industry can’t find additional labour sources by 2025, nearly one in five jobs could be at risk of going unfilled.
  • For more information on the sheep and goat industry’s production trends and labour market challenges, download the full commodity report.