Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2009 Regional Award Winner

 

Algoma Sheep and Lamb Producers – Echo Bay

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Michael Brown, MPP for Algoma–Manitoulin, Sheila Harris and Colleen Alloi

Michael Brown, MPP for Algoma–Manitoulin, Sheila Harris and Colleen Alloi

Sheila Harris, Colleen Alloi and Heather Jansa are sheep and lamb producers who recognize that co-operation can be profitable. The three have worked together to co-ordinate lambings and build a year-round farm gate market for lamb. This also helps keep area meat shops and a local health food store continually supplied with a consistent product. Their lamb cookbook has sold 300 copies and their wool is processed together into yarn and blankets that give customers a wider range of colours. With their profits, the group has purchased a large shared freezer and a shrink wrapper, so they can sell individual cuts of lamb, rather than just sides. Their collaboration has increased sales and reduced costs.  These shepherds know how to promote Ontario lamb and keep customers flocking to their businesses.

 


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