UCCE offers two sessions of sheep shearing school
The first session is April 29 to May 2; the second session is May 6 to 10. The course fee is $295 per person.
"Sheep shearing is an art that requires a great deal of finesse and lots of hands-on experience," said John Harper, UC Cooperative Extension advisor for Mendocino and Lake counties. "The five-day course will show participants how to maintain a quality wool clip and how to minimize stress to both the sheep and the sheep shearer."
The course is intended for beginning and advanced shearers. National sheep shearing instructor Mike McWilliams of Myrtle Point, Ore., will cover information on the shearing machine, how to care for and maintain the hand piece and how to sharpen combs and cutters. Participants will learn how to handle the fleece once it's off the sheep, including the proper way to throw it onto a table for skirting.
The deadline to register is April 16. Online credit card registration is available on a secure website at http://cemendocino.ucanr.edu. For mail-in registration, send a check for $295 per person payable to "UC Regents” to UC Cooperative Extension, 890 N. Bush St., Ukiah, CA 95482. Include the name(s) of participant(s), address, phone number and email address(es).
"Shearing is hard physical work," Harper adds. "We suggest preparing for the school by stretching and doing light to moderate exercise." Enrolled students will receive a leaflet suggesting appropriate stretching exercises.
Participants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging and meals. Lodging and restaurant information and a Waiver of Liability are included in the registration package on the website or by mail for those not registering on-line.
One scholarship is available from the California Wool & Fiber Festival for a Mendocino or Lake county shearer. For more information about the course or the scholarship, contact Harper at (707) 463-4495 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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