Want to improve the quality of your wool clip? Learn the basics of the proper handling of sheep and wool at the shearing site, limit wool contamination, understand the concepts of wool packaging and gain an introductory knowledge in wool classing (the art of sorting wools for better marketing). The course will also include basic wool biology, grade and value determining characteristics, as well as packing wool to limit contamination.
The school will begin at noon on Saturday, March 12, and conclude by 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 13. It will be held at the Cornell Sheep Farm, 440 Slaterville Road, Dryden, N.Y. The first 20 students to apply and pay the $25 registration fee will be accepted into the course. To register, contact Mary at the American Sheep Industry Association by calling 303-771-3500, ext. 46.
Additional questions should be directed to Ron Cole, email@example.com. Directions to the farm can be found at www.sheep.cornell.edu/calendar/index.html.
Depending on the interest level, there are tentative plans to hold wool handling schools in Columbus, Ohio, in February and in Brookings and Belle Fourche, S.D., in March. Those interested in attending one of these additional schools should contact Cole at the above e-mail address.