Master Shepherd's Course (Professional Development)

Planning is underway for the next offering of the Master Shepherd’s Course.

 

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

 

  • Limit of 30 full-time registrants.
  • Limit of 10 single module registrants per module.
    • Register through THINKIFIC starting AUGUST 2022
  • each online module consists of eight 1.5-hour sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
  • Planning for one in-person module (business planning module)
  • 2-day (Friday-Saturday) farm tour component in June or September 2023
  • 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 

  • The application form and course costs will be posted in May 2022. 

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

 

For questions please contact the OSF office at 1-519-836-0043 or email: mastershepherd@ontariosheep.org