Awards and Scholarships

Outstanding Shepherd Award

Awarded to an Ontario shepherd who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the Ontario sheep industry. This award is presented to an Ontario shepherd who exemplifies the values of leadership and responsible sheep husbandry.

Deadline for submission: September 29, 2017

Outstanding Shepherd Award nomination form

Long Service Award

Awarded in acknowledgement and appreciation of long standing contributions to the Ontario sheep industry, recipients of this award have demonstrated outstanding dedication, leadership, and an innovative spirit. This award is presented to an Ontario shepherd who is recognized for their significant contributions to the advancement of the Ontario sheep industry over many years of service.

Deadline for submission: September 29, 2017

Long Service Award nomination form

Ontario Sheep Farmers Undergraduate Scholarship

Value of the award: $500

Number of awards: One

Application deadline: September 8, 2017

Submit your application via email to:

Application Requirements:

  1. Applicants must be one of the following:
    • a registered sheep producer with Ontario Sheep Farmers as of April 30, 2017;
    • have a parent/guardian registered as a sheep producer with Ontario Sheep Farmers as of April 30, 2017;
    • a member of a 4-H Ontario sheep club.
  2. Applicants must be 21 years of age or younger.
  3. Applicants must be enrolled in their first or second year at an accredited university, college or apprenticeship program. Applicants do not have to be enrolled in an agriculture program to be eligible for the award.

Complete application to include:

  1. a completed application form
  2. an article of at least 500 words on one of the topics below. The article may include pictures, diagrams, and/or charts. Article submissions will be evaluated on content, spelling and grammar. Submitted articles may be published in a future issue of the Ontario Sheep News magazine.

Article topics:

  1. What strategy or strategies do you think the sheep industry should employ to address public trust?
  2. If you were going to produce sheep, what management style (ie pasture, confinement, mixed etc.) would you choose and why?
  3. Give a detailed description of a biosecurity set up and explain why this is important to the individual producer and to the industry as a whole.
  4. What do you feel is the sheep industry’s greatest weakness and therefore our greatest challenge and how would you change that if you could?

2017 Pasture Award

Ontario Sheep Farmers is pleased to partner with MAPLESEED and the Ontario Forage Council to sponsor the 2017 MAPLESEED Pasture Award.

This award recognizes an individual sheep producer who is doing an outstanding job of pasture management. The MAPLESEED Pasture Award is also a way of encouraging producers to implement pasture management strategies that maximize forage production per acre.

MAPLESEED contributes a cash award of $500 to the winner, a 25kg bag of the winner’s choice of a MAPLESEED forage mix, and provides overnight accommodations to attend the Ontario Lamb Banquet. The award is presented at the Ontario Lamb Banquet, which takes place on October 26, 2017.

The deadline for submitting your application for the 2017 award is September 29, 2017.

2017 Pasture Award application form