Ponsonby Sheep Facility

The Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) status of the sheep flock at this research station makes it a very unique resource. The flock is free of most population diseases resulting in one of the highest level of pathogen free sheep flocks in North America. The facilities are closed to any animals coming in and once an animal leaves it cannot return.

This facility has an average of 250 ewes and replacements, 20 rams and an annual production of more than 300 lambs. The Sheep facilities include a high perimeter security fence around the buildings and four fenced paddocks with field shelters. The main facility has five indoor pens, an isolation facility, a basic surgery, a dormitory and a laboratory for sample processing. The Ponsonby Research Station is located about 10 minutes north of Guelph.

Sheep in a field at Ponsonby


Manager: Bev Livingston 519- 822-0110

Sheep Coordinator: Dr. Paula Menzies 519- 824-4120 ext. 54043

Ponsonby Technical Agricultural Assistant: Pam Hasson 226-979-3905

Ponsonby Facility Foreman: Jeff McFarlane 519-546-2529