California Shearing Schools
March 29, 2013

Two sheep shearing schools are being planned in California this spring. 
 
Participants will learn to shear sheep using the methods taught by certified instructors of the National Sheep Shearing Program (NSSP). These five-day, hands-on courses, jointly sponsored by the NSSP and the University of California (UC) Cooperative Extension in Mendocino County, is intended for both the beginner as well as the advanced shearer. It is especially designed to teach how to shear to maintain a quality wool clip and minimize stress to both the shearer and the animal. Additional topics covered include learning about the shearing machine, how to care for and maintain the hand piece, how to sharpen combs and cutters and how to handle the fleece once it's off the sheep. 
 
The first school runs from April 29 to May 2 and the second is scheduled for May 6-10 at the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center. 
 
The fee for the course is $295 and covers all materials and equipment. Pre-registration ends April 16. For more information and to register, go to http://cemendocino.ucanr.edu and click on the event in the calendar listing.