Mendocino County
University of California
Mendocino County

Sheep Shearing School

2016 Sheep Shearing School
is now FULL
May 9-13


Our shearing school typically takes place in late April or early May - usually the first or second week of May. The 2016 class filled up in 2hrs from the time we announced registration was open. The announcement goes out to the people who are on our list to be notified of future schools.

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Check out a first hand account of the UC Cooperative Extension Sheep Shearing and Wool Classing Schools at the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center as captured by the UC ANR Green Blog, "Mozilla information scientist finds her passion at UC Sheep Shearing School" !

New Zealand Style Shearing

Learn to Shear Sheep

The New Zealand Way!

Shearing school participants will learn to shear sheep using the methods taught by certified instructors of the National Shearing Program. This five-day hands-on course, jointly sponsored by the National Sheep Shearing Program and the University of California Cooperative Extension in Mendocino County, is intended for both the beginner as well as the advanced shearer.  It is especially designed to teach you how to shear sheep so that you will maintain a quality wool clip and minimize stress to both you and the sheep.  In   addition, you will learn about the  shearing machine, how to care for and maintain the hand piece and how to sharpen combs and cutters.  You will also learn how to handle the fleece once it’s off the sheep including the proper way to throw it onto a table for skirting. 

Enrollment is Easy!

The course fee is $300 per student and covers the instructor’s fee. The ASI workbook/DVD is provided by the American Sheep Industry Association. All shearing equipment is provided. 

Registration is done online and payment is with a credit card using the UC Secure system.

Shearing is hard physical work, and we suggest that you prepare prior to attending by stretching and doing light to moderate exercise recommended in the registration package.  Successful participants have  included both men and women ranging in age from 15 to 65.

Shearing Exercises 

General Info - Shearing School

HREC layout

Shearing Article 2015

If you have any other questions please call the UC Extension Office at (707) 463-4495 ask for JT Williams or John Harper.

Hope to see you in our next class.


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