Master Shepherd's Course (Professional Development)

Master Shepherd’s Course

Registration is now open! 

The Master Shepherd's Course consists of 12 2-day 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.

More details on key topic areas can be found by clicking on the course schedule by clicking here 

Module Format: Day One – classroom; Day Two – classroom and farm/industry tours. Online meeting format will be explored for the initial modules if in-person meetings are restricted due to Covid-19.

Time period: September 2020 through January 2022

Location: individual modules will be situated to accommodate course participants, speakers, and best fit for the farm/ industry tour component of the module.

Cost:

  • entire course $3350
  • individual modules $ 375

Who should apply?

  • existing sheep farmers who desire to improve the management, productivity and profitability of their flocks.
  • Apply early as “full-course” spaces will be limited.

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

Application:

  • The registration application in fillable PDF can be found by clicking here
  • application for “full course” participation must be received by August 1st, 2020
  • applications for individual modules (limited spaces per module) will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis throughout the duration of the course.

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