Lincoln University Cooperative Extension is offering a Sheep Shearing School on Friday, March 6, 2015 at George Washington Carver Farm, 3804 Bald Hill Road, Jefferson City, MO 65102.
Sheep Shearing School Agenda
8:00 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions, Charlotte Clifford-Rathert, State Extension Specialist-Small Ruminants, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and Guy Frazier, Shearing Instructor, Hallsville, Missouri
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.
12 p.m. – WORKING LUNCH (Lunch is provided)
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, Shearing Instructor, Hallsville, Missouri
Continue to shear sheep, take care of equipment and market the wool.
4:00 p.m. – Clean up and adjourn
Overview of the shearing school
If you have your own shearing equipment, please bring it from home.
Wear comfortable clothes for shearing, and good shoes.
Some equipment will be furnished.
Make check payable to: Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and mail to Charlotte Clifford-Rathert, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, P.O. Box 29, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0029. For more information contact: Charlotte Clifford-Rathert at (573) 681-5312.