Sheep Farming Field Course

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About the Program

The Farms at Work Sheep Farming Field Course has been designed to help beginning shepherds establish a base of experience that can be applied to the development, expansion or refinement of their own sheep rearing operations. It is a hands-on, immersive introduction to sheep handling and flock management, built around a comprehensive curriculum developed and led by highly respected and experienced sheep breeders. 

Along with six field days at the instructors' farm, each participant will receive a total of four hours of one-on-one support (email or telephone). The curriculum emphasizes practical, hands-on skills and knowledge in a variety of areas, including:

  • how to get started in sheep
  • flock nutrition
  • health and reproduction
  • routine flock management
  • small construction projects

In order to maintain a high level of quality instruction and hands-on learning opportunities, a maximum of eight participants will be accepted into the program.

What Participants Are Saying:

“I definitely feel more equipped to have the numbers work, and have the animal welfare work, and have our lifestyle choice work as well… this has helped us look at the numbers from a far more viable and educated standpoint.” 


“Here I am, a kid raised in the city [who] didn’t have an opportunity to farm… there’s so much I learned that crosses into all aspects of farming… this is the sort of hands on learning that you just can’t get out of a book.”
 

Registration Fees: 

$755*

Approximate Dates: 

Six field days from mid-April to early fall

Location: 

Near Peterborough, ON.

*small scholarships may be available to novice shepherds under 35.