2020 Awards & 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.
Long Service Award
Awarded in acknowledgment 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 or industry service provider in recognition of their significant contributions to the advancement of the Ontario sheep industry over many years of service.
Mapleseed Pasture Award
This award, sponsored in part by OSF, Mapleseed and the Ontario Forage Council, recognizes individual sheep farmers who are doing an outstanding job of pasture management. The Mapleseed Pasture Award is a way of encouraging sheep farmers to implement pasture management strategies to maximize production per acre.
The winner of the award receives a cash prize of $500, a 25kg bag of their choice of Mapleseed Forage Mix, and $250 towards their accommodations to attend the Ontario Lamb Banquet at the Ontario Sheep Convention.
Ontario Sheep Farmers Undergrad Scholarship
This $500 cash scholarship is open to applicants who are 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. Applicants must be 21 years of age or younger (as of January 1, 2020).
Applicants must be one of the following:
- A registered sheep producer as of April 30, 2020;
- Have a parent/guardian registered as a sheep producer
- as of April 30, 2020; or
- A member of a 4-H Ontario sheep club.
In addition to completing the application form, applicants must submit either a written article (minimum 500 words) or a two to three-minute video on one of the following topics:
- What strategy or strategies do you think the sheep industry should employ to address public trust?
- If you were going to produce sheep, what management style - annual lambing, accelerated lambing or a combination of the two - would you choose and why?
- Give a detailed description of a biosecurity set up and explain why this is important to the individual sheep farmer and the industry.
- What do you feel is the sheep industry's greatest weakness, and therefore greatest challenge? How would you address that if you could?
Ontario Sheep Farmers Memorial Fund - Industry Leader Award
Funds for this award have come from donations made in memoriam of Ontario sheep industry leaders. This fund was started with donations that have been made in memory of the late Bob Irvine, an Ontario sheep farmer who was a strong supporter of continuous learning. He was a dedicated member of the industry, with a focus on sheep genetics and was a mentor to many.
This $500 cash award is open to applicants who are wanting to further their leadership development in Ontario's sheep industry. This award can be used by the successful applicant to participate in postgraduate or industry education opportunities and leadership courses.
Individual registered Ontario sheep farmers or those who are involved in the Ontario sheep industry (i.e. veterinarian students) are eligible to apply for this award.
Applicants must complete the application form, submit two reference letters along with either an essay (of at least 500 words) or a two to three-minute video answering the following question:
- What do you see as your contribution to the Ontario sheep industry in the next five years? 10 years?