Master Shepherd's Course (Professional Development)

Registration for individual modules is now open!

NEW…Full course applications will continue to be accepted. A new policy will enable students to enter the course at any time and complete the course in the following offering.

The current version of the Master Shepherd's Course consists of 12 modules including: 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 Schedule: 

To view the module schedule click here (Updated October 4TH 2021) 

Module Format: all modules will be offered virtually.  Each module consists of eight (8) 1.5-hour sessions beginning September 22nd, 2020. Individual module schedules can be found here.

Time period: September 2020 through January 2022

Cost: On-line format has allowed OSF to reduce registration fees.

entire course $3350 now $1750

individual modules $375 now $200

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 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


The full course application in fillable PDF can be found by clicking here.

NEW…..application for “full course” participation will continue to be accepted

Applications for individual modules (limited spaces per module) will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis throughout the duration of the course. To register click here 

For questions please contact the OSF office at 1-519-836-0043 or email: