Illinois Wool Handling School
August 5, 2016

A beginning wool handling school will be held in Forreston, Ill., at the Groenewold Fur and Wool Company on Aug. 19-20. 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 Groenewold'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.

A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the Super 8 in Freeport, 815-232-4455. When making reservations, refer to the wool school or Anne Crider to receive the reduced rate of $59.99.

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