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Click Here for PDF of BylawsBylaw Amendments Approved

In July, the CKSA received notice form Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada that the by-law amendments that were voted on by mail ballot in the fall of 2005 had been approved.

 These amendments were as follows:

 1. The requirement that specified that the Association’s financial records must be verified by chartered accountants was changed to requiring a qualified person to do so. This will allow more options for having the records verified at a lower cost.

 2. Katahdin sheep derived as the result of embryo transplant will now be eligible for registration. In order to register embryo transplant lambs, the application must be accompanied by an embryo transplant certificate completed by the technician who performed the extraction and implantation, detailing the dates of service, extraction and implantation, as well as the ram, donor ewe, and recipient ewe. The recipient ewe need not be a registered ewe but the identification of that ewe must be reported.

In addition, all embryo transplant lambs must be parentage verified by DNA genotyping before registration.  This is to be done by means of blood samples drawn from the ram, the donor ewe and the lamb, by a veterinarian. To avoid the possibility of not being able to parentage verify a lamb after birth, it is advised that the samples be taken from the ram and donor ewe at the time of breeding/extraction, if those animals have not already been genotyped. .

3.   The by-law regarding line breeding was amended to now require that a service ram not be related to the ewe or to her parents. Formerly, the ram could also not be related to any of the ewe’s grandparents. This will allow a number of sheep that were formerly disqualified for line breeding to be registered.

 The fourth amendment voted on, which would have changed the ownership requirement for becoming an inspector, was not passed by the membership.

Bylaws passed for 2008

Inspectors:  After qualifying as an inspector renewal is not now required for 5 years.

Tagging:  Has been expanded to include the use of two plastic, or plastic and metal or tattoo see guidebook for further clarification


2012 Bylaw Amendment #15.12 IDENTIFICATION

A. All Katahdins will be identified by two of the following five methods.

 i) Tattoo: size of 3/8” or 1/2”:

a) Inside left ear: the sheep identification number and year letter; and

b) Inside right ear: the herd identifier so placed as not to conflict with a plastic tag, if used.

 ii) Metal ear tag (bottom of left ear with sheep number and year letter on one side and herd identifier on other) using a size #2 or   #3

 iii) Plastic sheep ear tag right ear (with number on outside herd identifier on inside)

 iv) Plastic sheep ear tag left ear (with number on outside herd identifier on inside) 

v)  Canadian Sheep Identification Program official identification numbered tag. In the event of a lost tag, the tag must be replaced within 21 days with another CSIP tag. The registration certificate must be returned to CLRC for a re-issued up to date registration certificate.

2012 Bylaw Amendment #26 IMPORTATION



CKSA accredited Inspectors shall be responsible to ensure that those Katahdins being imported or those Katahdins that are resident in Canada seeking to become registered with the Canadian Registry must meet the standards of eligibility and qualifications (Bylaw 5.13; 5.14; 5.15) and shall;

a) have at least an “A” coat;

b) be polled animals (rams with scurs are acceptable);

c) have no indication of line-breeding in the first 2 generations on the required four generation pedigree.

Closeness of relationships beyond these standards will disqualify the animal for transfer to the Canadian registry.

d) have no indication of cross-breeding on the required four generation pedigree. Inspectors shall report their findings to the CKSA Registration Committee.