Mendocino County
University of California
Mendocino County

Sheep Shearing School

2016 Sheep Shearing School
Under Development
Tentative Date is Early May


Our shearing school typically takes place in late April or early May - usually the first and/or second week of May. The way we determine if there will be a class each year is with an email survey to our interested shearers. If there is enough interest then we begin the process of preparing for a class. To make sure you're on our list of interested shearers we need your name and email address.

If you would like to be notified of future Wool Classing or Sheep Shearing schools please complete this  survey.  click here.

Check out the first hand accounts 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" !!!

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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. 

Online registration with credit card is the preferred payment method.

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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