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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Raising Chickens 101 - Sunday, April 22

Yukon Young Farmers are hosting a spring event for emerging backyard farmers. Darrin Sinclair and Cain Vangel will cover practical details to consider when raising poultry, both layers and meat birds. In addition, veterinarians from the Animal Health Unit will talk about disease management and we will have information on hand about fencing. Join us for this day-long workshop from 10.30am-3.30pm at the Whitehorse Public Library. $30 Non-members. $10 YAA Members. Please call the YAA office to register - 668-6864. Space is limited. 




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Thursday, March 15, 2018

YAA's Response to Discovery of Movi in Alaskan Wild Sheep and Goats

Yukon Agricultural Association has been working hard to ensure that Yukon farmers have current information about testing procedures of domestic flocks as well as containment specifications to prevent contact between wild and domestic sheep and goats. At a recent YAA workshop, sheep and goat farmers were very receptive to a proposed Government of Yukon Animal Health Act regulation that identifies Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae (Movi) as a reportable hazard, and sets out culling and compensation requirements. YAA takes the issue of disease management very seriously and is liaising with government agencies and wild sheep organizations to ensure that all stakeholders are part of a Yukon solution. 

For further information about the discovery of Movi in wild sheep in Alaska, please review the press release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that can be found at the following webpage:

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Keeping Your Flocks Healthy

On Saturday, February 24th, 2018 (8.30am to 4.30pm) at the Westmark Hotel, YAA is hosting a day-long workshop about the care and management of healthy sheep and goats. BC veterinarians Dr Glenna McGregor and Dr Helen Schwantje will be leading sessions on topics such as: nutrition basics, biosecurity, disease and parasite management, as well as wild and domestic sheep interactions. In addition, Yukon's Chief Veterinarian Dr Mary VanderKop will be reviewing Yukon government programs relating to sheep and goats. Doors open at 8.30am with the workshop starting at 8.45am. Lunch and refreshments will be served. Hand-outs will be provided. For those people who cannot make it to Whitehorse, you can watch the day's events on these two YouTube channels:

Morning session link:
Afternoon session link:

To register, please contact the YAA office at 867-668-6864 or email 



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Monday, December 18, 2017

Meet Your Maker

A Winter Gathering of Small-Scale, Regional Food Businesses and Farmers

Saturday, January 27th, 2018


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This event mixer is designed for Yukon food producers and food buyers to connect and explore potential opportunities to work together. If you're a Yukon food business, we encourage you to attend.  Everyone including restaurant chefs, caterers, grocers, food delivery companies, food processors, farmers, fishers, and ranchers can meet, negotiate, and create new deals at Meet Your Maker.

* For more info about Meet Your Maker events, click on:

In preparation for the event, now might be a good time to check that you have a good stash of business cards and to start practicing your elevator pitch. Call the office if you need help! 

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Friday, June 02, 2017

Yukon Sheep

YAA has been reaching out to a large network of organizations in Yukon, BC and Alberta to gather information about the management of disease transmission (specifically pneumonia) from domestic goats and sheep to wild sheep. In short, Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae (Movi), carried by some domestic sheep and goats, has been found to cause bighorn sheep die-offs in the northwestern US, southern BC and western Alberta. New scientific findings related to Movi have prompted an increase in information distribution about the identification of preventative actions to protect thinhorn sheep (a relative of bighorn sheep) that range in northern BC, Yukon, Alaska and southwestern NWT.

How can Yukon sheep and goat farmers help this process? 1. Attend an animal health clinic: YAA will be helping to organize a sheep and goat information health clinic this summer.   2. Read up on the pathogen and the disease. YAA has an information sheet produced by the BC Ministry of Agriculture. It includes information about diagnostic testing. 3. Contact the Chief Veterinarian at 867-456-5582 to talk about suitable fencing options for your sheep and goat pastures to prevent nose-to-nose contact between domestic sheep/goats and wild sheep.   

For additional information and access to resources about sheep management, consider becoming a member of the BC Sheep Federation (, the Alberta Lamb Producers ( and the Canadian Sheep Federation ( YAA has information about these organizations and what initiatives they have supported. We can also facilitate introductions to agrologists and domestic sheep specialists in BC and Alberta.

We will continue to update this blog as we gather more information. 

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