Master Shepherd's Course

The Master Shepherd's Course (MSC) is 12 two-day modules covering a wide variety of sheep production topics. Each module consists of one and one-half days of classroom style presentations and discussions, and one-half day of farm and industry tours.

OSF is offering this 18 month long course, tentatively scheduled to begin in September 2018 and run through to January 2020. See the tentative course schedule below.

Who should apply?

Sheep farmers who have at least three years' experience as a sheep farm business owner or as an employee at a sheep farm, and who desire to improve the management, productivity, and profitability of their flocks.

Course application

Full course enrollment is now closed. Registrations are now being accepted for individual modules.

Space is limited for individual module enrollment. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply early.

The deadline to apply for individual modules is two weeks prior to the start date of the module. A late fee applies for individual module session registrations received less than two weeks prior to the module.

Application form - individual module (print)

Application form - individual module (fillable PDF)

Application form - individual module (Word)

Course fees

Individual module - $350* per person per module
*A late registration fee of $450 applies to registrations received less than two weeks prior to the module.

Course schedule

Note: Dates, locations, and module topics are subject to change.

Module Date Topic(s) Location
Two November 7 & 8, 2018 Industry dynamics and governance
Draft agenda - click here
Three December 12 & 13, 2018 Lambing and lamb rearing Elora
Four January 23 & 24, 2019 Flock productivity and reproduction Newmarket
Five March 6 & 7, 2019 Ewe flock nutrition Lindsay
Six April 17 & 18, 2019 Predation Kingston
Seven May 29 & 30, 2019 Economics of infrastructure Lindsay
Eight July 10 & 11, 2019 Feeding systems Newmarket
Nine August 21 & 22, 2019 Effective flock health management Elora
Ten October 2 & 3, 2019 Lamb feedlots and dairy sheep Mount Forest
Eleven November 13 & 14, 2019 Marketing and wool Carleton Place/Ottawa
Twelve January 8 & 9, 2020 Business plan wrap up
Note: This session is for full course participants only.
To be determined

Click here to download the detailed module schedule.


Email or call the OSF office at 519.836.0043.