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

Interested participants can enroll in the full course or by individual module.

The deadline to apply for the full course is August 1, 2018. 

Application form - full course (print)

Applicaiton form - full course (fillable PDF)

Application form - full course (Word)

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

Full course enrollment - $3,200
This is a savings of 24%.

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
One September 19 & 20, 2018 Business and time management Guelph
Two November 2018 Industry dynamics and governance TBA
Three December 2018 Flock replacement and flock health TBA
Four January 2019 Nutrition TBA
Five March 2019 Lambing and lamb rearing TBA
Six April 2019 Feeding systems TBA
Seven May 2019 Predation TBA
Eight July 2019 Economics of infrastructure TBA
Nine August 2019 Effective flock health TBA
Ten October 2019 Lamb feedlots and dairy sheep TBA
Eleven November 2019 Marketing TBA
Twelve January 2020 TBA TBA


Email or call the OSF office at 519.836.0043.