A Sheep Shearing School and a Certified Wool Classing School are scheduled for Nov. 17-20 at the Hettinger Research Extension Center in Hettinger, N.D.
The focus of the schools is to provide the U.S. sheep industry with trained shearers and 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.
The shearing school will cover the professional shearing pattern, tagging and eyeing, equipment maintenance and repair and wool handling and preparation.
Some of the topics to be covered in the classing sessions 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 be given the opportunity to work through and grade a number of wool samples.
Each course will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The cost of the classing school is $175 per student and includes tuition as well as all supplies, manuals and a wool handling DVD. Class size is limited to 12.
Included in the $125 instruction fee for the shearing school are the tuition, handbook, DVD and singlet. The class is limited to 20 students of any experience level. A total of $250 in scholarships is available to be split among North Dakota residents who are 16 years of age or older.
Additional information for either course can be obtained by contacting Christopher Schauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 701-567-4323.
The courses are being sponsored by the American Sheep Industry Association, the North Dakota State University Hettinger Research Extension Center, North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association and the North Dakota State University Extension Service.