Illinois Wool Handling School
April 8, 2016

A beginning wool handling school will be held in Forreston, Ill., at the Groenewald Fur and Wool Company on April 28-29. The school will focus on wool growth and genetics, management of sheep for optimum wool growth, grading systems and marketing and processing from raw wool to finished garments. Harvesting of wool, as well as preparing wool for hand spinners, will also be included.

The new wool chapter from the American Sheep Industry Association's newly revised Sheep Production Handbook will be provided as part of the teaching curriculum.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to watch the wool grading and sorting process at Groenewald's commercial operation. An OFDA wool micron testing machine will be available during the class so students are encouraged to bring fleeces for analysis. The cost of the class is $35 per student.

For additional information and hotel reservations, contact Anne Crider at criderfarms@gmail.com or 309-826-2256.