A Certified Level I Wool Classing School is scheduled for Feb. 18-20 in Idaho. The school will begin at the West Jefferson School District Conference Room in Terreton, Idaho, and the shearing site is west of Mud Lake at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station corrals.
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 be given the opportunity to work through and grade a number of wool samples. At the shearing site, 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 $175 per student and includes all educational materials, a wool resource notebook, wool samples and a wool handling and shearing DVD. Class size is limited to 18.
Additional information for the course can be obtained by contacting Ron Cole, American Sheep Industry Association wool education consultant, at 970-302-4117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.