Sheep Shearing School
Watch here for the 2015 date
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.
The on-line survey will be launched after the 1st of the new year.
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" !!!
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 $295 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 for payment will be available or you may pay with a check mailed to our office.
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.
If you have any other questions please call the UC Extension Office at (707) 463-4495 ask for John Harper or JT Williams.
Hope to see you in our next class.