George Washington Carver Farm
3804 Bald Hill Road
Jefferson City, MO 65102
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8:00 a.m. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
Helen A Swartz Ph.D., State Sheep and Goat Specialist
Lincoln University Cooperative Extention
Guy Frazier – Shearing Instructor
Alex McClure – Wool Expert
I: Care of equipment:
A) Learn to care for and assemble sheep shearing equipment.
B) Learn comparisons and parts of the equipment.
C) Learn how to properly sharpen parts of equipment.
D) Learn the importance of oiling shears, types of oil and frequency of oiling for quality shearing.
II: Care of animals and how to set up properly for faster shearing:
A) Pair up with a partner and select an animal.
B) Learn how to properly set up a sheep for shearing.
C) Learn the pattern that is most efficient in shearing.
D) Learn where to begin and end when shearing a sheep.
E) Learn to separate the fleece prior to bagging.
F) Learn how to set up the bags to fill with fleeces.
G) Learn how to position the animal during shearing for the most efficient shearing.
NOON -- WORKING LUNCH -- (Lunch is provided)
Alex McClure and Helen Swartz
III: Wool Grading:
A) Learn to grade wool in the three categories.
B) Learn how to separate belly, leg and britch wool.
C) Learn how to bag fleece and tag for increased value.
1:00 p.m. Guy Frazier and Alex McClure Continue to shear sheep, take care of equipment and market the wool.
5:00 p.m. Guy Frazier and Alex McClure