March 2015 Events

March 7
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Freeport, Maine
Beginner Level Shearing School

For more information, please contact: Richard J Brzozowski: 207-781-6099
March 7
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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Missoula County Extension Conference Room
Western Montana Sheep Growers 2014 Winter Forum

Western Montana Sheep Growers Association's 2014 Winter Sheep Forum

We have several great guests coming to share information and resources for sheep producers.
Dr. Lisa Surber - MSU Wool Lab
Dr. Emily Glunk - MSU Forage Specialist
Ted North - USDA Wildlife services specialist

Lunch will be provided.

For more information contact:
March 14 0 a.m. to
March 16 0 a.m.
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MSU Red Bluff Research Station, Montana
Montana State Shearing School

Located at Montana State University's Red Bluff Research station, located approximately 30 miles west of Bozeman, near Norris, Montana. For more information, please contact: Peggy Kelley at 406-994-3415 or
March 21 0 a.m. to
March 22 0 a.m.
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Shepherds Way LLC, 623 Bird Cemetery Rd, Locke, NY 13092
Cornell Shearing School
Instruction will include the shearing pattern, blade sharpening techniques, physical fitness, handpiece maintenance and more.  The instructor is Doug Rathke from Minnesota.  Rathke is one of the top shearers in the United States and has had extensive training from the New Zealand Wools. Rathke is skilled at both machine and blade shearing.

Class size is limited to 20 participants. Participants must bring their own equipment. The registration cost is $150 per person. Deadline for registration is February 25, 2015, but the school usually fills up quickly.

If you are unable to attend the shearing school, but are still interested in learning more about sheep shearing an instructional video tape or DVD is available.  This 90-minute “how-to” video is filled with useful tips and information on shearing.  The cost of the video or DVD is $44.95 and may be obtained at the address below.

To register for the shearing school (or to purchase the video or DVD) send your name, mailing address, phone number and a check or money order in US funds made payable to Doug Rathke and mail to Doug Rathke, 61231 MN Hwy 7, Hutchinson, MN 55350.  Call 320-587-6094 if you have any questions.
March 23 0 a.m. to
March 25 0 a.m.
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Washington, D.C.
ASI Annual Legislative Trip

For more information: ASI newsletter - Washington D.C. trip
March 24 0 a.m. to
March 25 0 a.m.
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University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky Beginning Shearing School

For more information, please contact: Don Ely, University of Kentucky, 859-257-2717 or