California Wool Schools Scheduled
March 7, 2014

A wool classing school will be held at the Hopland Research and Extension Center, Hopland, Calif., on April 27-29. 
 
The focus of the school is to provide the U.S. sheep industry with trained wool classers who can assist in improving the quality of the domestic wool clip, which is imperative to American wool becoming more competitive and available in the international as well as domestic markets. 
 
Some of the topics to be covered include wool fiber growth, objective measurement of wool, genetic selection programs, wool contamination, handling practices and packaging, labeling and marking. To fine tune the skill of wool classing, students will work with a very experienced wool classer who works in most of the western states during shearing season and handles a wide variety of wool. 
 
The cost of the classing school is $185 per student and includes all educational materials, a wool resource notebook, wool samples and a wool handling and shearing DVD and covers the cost of the facility. 
 
Ron Cole, wool education coordinator for the American Sheep Industry Association, will be leading the course. For more information or to register for the course, go to http://cemendocino.ucanr.edu/?calitem=233179&g=5114. 
 
A shearing school is also being offered in California. This year's class is full, however, to be added to the list of interested participants for future classes, go to http://cemendocino.ucanr.edu/Sheep_Shearing_School_/.