The sheep and goat industry includes operations primarily engaged in raising sheep and goats and feeding or fattening lambs.
Since 2006, the number of farms has declined and the workforce has shrunk by more than a third. It’s currently the smallest employer in the Canadian agriculture sector, with just 3,200 workers.
In 2017, the industry was unable to fill 80 jobs, and these shortages cost the industry $4 million, which represents more than 2.4% of sales.
Looking ahead to 2029, 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 2029, nearly one in 10 jobs could be at risk of going unfilled.
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