Thank you for showing interest in the Beginning Sheep Shearing School presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative.
Our school will concentrate on teaching the widely accepted “pattern” of shearing which was first standardized many years ago by the famous Godfrey Bowen. This pattern closely resembles the style commonly used by most American shearers. An advanced shearer using this pattern can shear a big, full-wooled ewe in less than 2 minutes. The purpose of our school is to teach the very basic skills needed to shear a sheep.
We also will briefly discuss equipment options and maintenance, alternative shearing techniques, and wool handling. If there is anything that you would like to learn more specifically, please let me know when you return your registration form.
Date: December 7, 2019 (8AM-4PM) & December 8, 2019 (8AM-1 PM)
Place: North Barn at Sheep Unit, Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Arlington, Wisconsin
Instructors: Joe Huber – Wisconsin Dells, WI; Todd Taylor – Arlington WI;
Limit: 16 students
Cost: 100.00 per student
Equipment furnished: Sheep, gloves and shearing equipment. Morning snacks, refreshments and lunch are included *Students are responsible for their additional meals and lodging! *
Upon registration, a list of local hotels, a map and further information will be sent. Thanks to Joe Huber for agreeing to head-up the instruction team. The sheep will come from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arlington Sheep Unit flock. We will shear Hampshire and Polypay brood ewes. There may be an opportunity on day two to bring in a few fine wool ewes if participants have an interest in shearing these types of sheep. Also, ASI has developed a shearing manual with a wide range of reference materials and an instructional DVD included. These manuals are not included in the cost of the school. You can choose to purchase one for $30 additional.
Please return your registration form and fee to me as soon a possible so that I can make final arrangements for equipment, sheep and instructors. Registrations are due by November 15, 2019. The first 16 paid registrations received will be admitted to the school. I will forward you more information confirming your enrollment at a later time. Those that do not make it into this school will receive their checks back and will go to the top of the waiting list for next year’s school. If cancellations occur I will contact those at the top of the list to fill open positions. I look forward to hearing from you.
Registration is due November 15: Click below for registration information.