N.D. Sheep Shearing and Wool Classing Schools Next Week
November 15, 2013

If you are interested in learning more about sheep shearing or becoming certified for wool classing, plan to attend the North Dakota Sheep Shearing School on Nov. 23-25 at the Hettinger Fairgrounds or the Certified Wool Classing School Nov. 23-25 at the Hettinger Armory. 
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. Instructors are sheep shearers Wade Kopren (S.D.) and Mike Hagens (N.D.), Reid Redden, N.D. State University Extension Service sheep specialist and Mike Schuldt, Montana State University Extension agent. The school is open to those who are experienced or non-experienced in shearing. 
The $125 registration fee includes tuition, handbook, DVD and singlet. 
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. The instructors are Ron Cole, American Sheep Industry Association wool education consultant, and Lisa Surber, Montana State University Wool Lab manager. 
The fee for the program is $175, which includes tuition and materials. The classing school is limited to 12 students. 
For more information on both schools, contact Chris Schauer at (701) 567-4323 or email christopher.schauer@ndsu.edu.