Who is OSSPA?
What we want to achieve
Our purpose . . .
. . . is to bring together the sheep producers of the Okanagan Shuswap area for the sharing of knowledge of all aspects of the sheep industry.
We are an enthusiastic group . . .
. . .of sheep owners, breeders and participants in the sheep industry in the North Okanagan and Shuswap area of British Columbia.
Our group meets . . .
. . .once a month at the Chamber of Commerce in Armstrong. In the winter months the time is 1 pm the 3rd Sunday of the month. In the summer months we meet at 7 pm the third Wednesday of each month.
Next Event: November 17 at 1:00 PM – Regular Meeting
Guest Speaker: Brent Smith, Enforcement Officer, Meat Inspection Program, Ministry of Agriculture.
Topic: The Livestock Protection Program (LPP) including information regarding verification and mitigation services available to cattle and sheep producers for injury, harassment or death loss caused by wolves and coyotes.
Unless otherwise noted monthly meetings are held at the Armstrong Chamber of Commerce
A Bit of History – OSSPA since 2003
In the fall of 2003 the Okanagan Shuswap Sheep Producers’ Association (OSSPA) was formed. The area was not represented at the British Columbia Sheep Federation since the Shuswap Sheep Breeders a few years earlier. With the funds of the inactive group OSSPA was formed, providing valuable start up assistance.
Initially the well-attended meetings were held in members’ homes. An educational component on a wide variety of topics of concern and interest to sheep producers was a feature of the meetings, which continues to present.
OSSPA has been invested in the community and sheep industry locally and province wide through various activities such as hosting a weekend Symposium bringing together speakers knowledgeable in their field and supporting Local 4 H Lamb Clubs.
Our members gather monthly from Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby, Salmon Arm, Chase and Falkland. We share ideas, concepts, information and resources. In addition as a member of the BC Sheep Federation we speak locally to the provincial sheep industry that in turn speaks for the sheep industry on a national level.