Master Shepherd's Course (Professional Development)

Applications being accepted for the next offering of the Master Shepherd’s Course.

The online course will begin in September 2022 and run through till February 2024.

  • The course consists of:
    • Eleven on-line modules
    • One two-day module (Module 4 Business Planning)
    • One two-day farm tour (June or September 2023)
    • A second optional two-day farm tour (minimum of 25 registrations required). 
  • Limit of 35 new full-time registrants.
  • Limit of 10 single module registrants per module.
    • Register through THINKIFIC starting AUGUST 20, 2022
  • each online module consists of eight 1.5-hour sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
  • Registration limited to North American residents at this time with Ontario producers given preference.

The 12 modules include: Business Planning; Flock productivity and reproduction; Ewe flock nutrition; Industry dynamics and governance; Genetics; Infrastructure and feeding systems; Effective flock health management; Lambing and lamb rearing; Predation and pasture management; Lamb feedlots and dairy; and Marketing and wool. Module 12 is restricted to full-time registrants only where they present their business plans to the class.

Module Schedule:  To view the module schedule click here 

Application form must be completed if you want to enrol in the full course.

Course fees:

  •  Full course:       $2,240 (HST included)
    • payable in 4 instalments or pay-as-you-go
  • Single module:   $245 (HST included)

Who should apply?

  • existing sheep farmers who want to improve the management, productivity and profitability of their flocks.

Testimonials from Master Shepherd’s alumni:

"The online format of the MSC provided me with an invaluable digital resource that I’ve referenced repeatedly for information since the course ended.  I found this to be the most well organized and informative online course I’ve ever taken.  With daily chores and a young family, the online format enabled me to take the MSC where I otherwise would not have had the time away from the farm." Robert Parker

The farm tours brought the lecture and information to life. You also got to see hacks that you wouldn’t necessarily find in a book or on a website.” Caitlin Harvey

I gained great connections by taking the course and learned a lot in the process. I still find myself referring back to one of the manuals when I’m searching for a specific piece of information.” Shanna Armstrong

 “If you are sheep farming on a full-time basis, the course will pay for itself in no time.” Jeff DeJong

Questions? This FAQ should answer most questions.