Sheep Farming Overview
The ‘sheep and goat’ industry includes operations that are primarily engaged in raising sheep and goats and feeding or fattening lambs. The majority of industry workers are located in Ontario, Alberta, and Quebec, which account for 40%, 23%, and 22% of the workforce, respectively.
- With both output levels and productivity trending upward, the ‘sheep and goat’ industry will be able to meet production targets with a smaller workforce. Since 2002, the number of ‘sheep and goat’ farms has fallen by a quarter. However, output has increased during this time, as the industry’s productivity, or the output each worker can produce, has increased by 0.5% per year, so the decline in farms hasn’t negatively affected production levels.