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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. 

Currently, there is a huge demand not only for Ontario lamb as a meat, but for quality, uniform breeding stock to create those lambs.  They are usually sold out of breeding stock a year in advance.

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

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

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


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


Countryside Stewardship


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Shepherd's Choice in the news

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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