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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ag Equipment Demo Day - June 16

Yukon Young Farmers are hosting a barbecue and equipment demo day to help showcase farming equipment and businesses. 12-3pm. On YAA's land north of Whitehorse - the new site of the Yukon Agricultural Community Centre. All welcome! Directions: Between Burma and Policeman's Point Road. West side of North Klondike Highway. Just past the 3km odometer mark going north. 

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Monday, April 30, 2018

YAA's 2018 Annual General Meeting

YAA's 2018 AGM will take place at Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre in Whitehorse on Friday, May 11 at 7pm. Following the AGM, the Ag Branch team will report about their accomplishments as well as future plans. Also refreshments and cash bar. For more info about the meeting agenda, click on http://www.yukonag.ca/policies.cfm All are welcome!

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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: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=pressreleases.pr&release=2018_03_13

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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 office@yukonag.ca. 

 

 

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