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About Shepherd's Choice

John and Eadie Steele have been producers of Ontario Lamb for over 20 years and they are still in the expansion mode as the demand for Ontario Lamb continues to increase.  Currently they have a flock of 2300 maternal line genetics and 200 Purebred Texels producing over 4,000 lambs each year on an annual system of lambing 

Their farm consists of 1,000 acres split between cropping and pasture.  Cropping land is dedicated to production of winter forages of haylage, corn sileage and dry hay.  Pastures are managed under intensive rotational grazing therefore predation control is very important.  Their farming operation is a combination of British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand technologies and production system adopted to suit Ontario conditions and markets. 

John and Eadie's innovative ideas and dedication to providing a quality breeding stock have earned them industry recognition.

2017

GenOvis Award for the Highest Maternal Index ram lamb in the Cross Bred category. BLIB 6900D born in 2016 with a Maternal Index of 15.82

2017

GenOvis Award for the Highest Growth Index ram lamb in the Cross Bred category. BLIB 6900D born in 2016 with a Growth Index of 33.43

2016

On-Farm Euthanasia Training Course

2016

GenOvis Award for the Highest Maternal Index ram lamb in the Cross Bred category. BLIB 5405C born in 2015 with a Maternal Index of 14.86

2016

GenOvis Award for the Highest Growth Index ram lamb in the Cross Bred category. BLIB 5141C born in 2015 with a Growth Index of 10.65

2015

Certificate of Merit from Canadian Co-Operative Wool Growers for excellence in Commercial Wool Production

2014

GenOvis Award for the Highest Maternal Growth Index in the Cross Bred category. BLIB 3316A born in 2013 with an index of 13.34

2014

GenOvis Award for the Highest Growth Index in the Cross Bred category. BLIB 3316A born in 2013 with an index of 6.88

2013

Certificate of Merit from Canadian Co-Operative Wool Growers for excellence in Commercial Wool Production

2013

GenOvis Award for the Highest Growth Index in the Cross Bred category. BLIB1965Z born in 2012 with a Growth Index of 9.90

2010

Premier's Award for Agriculture and Agri-Food Innovation - for the Creation of the Hand Held Flock Management Software

2009 Premier's Award for Agriculture and Agri-food Innovation - for the Management of the OLIBS Breeding Stock Program
2008 Commercial Wool Production Award given by the Canadian Co-Operative Wool Growers
2007 Peterborough County Farm Family of the Year
2005 OSMA Forward Contract award for Best Average index in the Over 250 lambs shipped category
2004 Canada's Countryside Stewardship Award
2002 Ontario's Outstanding Young Farmer. The first time this award has been won by a sheep producer.
2001 Peterborough County Agriculture Leadership Award

Countryside Stewardship

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Shepherd's Choice in the news

Ontario Farmer September 2018

Farmtario September 2018

Ontario Farmer 2015

Sheep Canada 2012

Newcomer Bulletin 2012

Canadian Farm Manager 2010

Country Guide, Eastern Edition 2010

Ontario Sheep News 2009

The Furrow 2005

The Shepherd 2004 (American)

The Shepherd's Journal 2004

Bay of Quinte - The Big Cleanup 2004

Canadian Farm Manager 2003

GROWMARK Spirit 2002

Ontario Sheep News 2002

The Shepherd's Journal 2002

Farmers Weekly 2001 (United Kingdom)

PremiersAward 2009

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