Vermont Sheep Shearing School

Date: 
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 8:30am- 3pm (or when all the sheep are sheared)
Event Type: 
Adult Program
Location: Shelburne, VT
Fee: $125; $50 for auditors

The Vermont Sheep and Goat Association will sponsor two Vermont Sheep Shearing Schools this year. These are beginner and intermediate sheep shearing schools. Participants will have a hands-on experience shearing sheep with the guidance of professional shearers. All aspects of shearing will be discussed including shearing day preparations, equipment set up and basic maintenance, fitness, the shearing pattern, sheep handling and control and basic wool handling. We will also go over the angora goat pattern and some of the special techniques associated with shearing goats.  Participants will receive an ASI shearing binder that covers all the course work and has a wealth of additional pertinent information. Also, this year we will give instruction for shepherds on how to crutch and deal with fly strike. Even if you are not interested in shearing sheep for a living the course will offer valuable information to the shepherd regarding the process and the equipment. Participants should have their own equipment. Oster Shearmasters or equivalent electric machines are ideal. There will be a limited number of loaners available for the day. We will also have a sharpening wheel available for combs and cutters. As always there will be lunch time entertainment by The Ruminators. We will supply coffee and bagels, participants should bring a bag lunch. The lead instructor will again be our own “Old Shepherd”, Chet Parsons. The course is also open for auditing without the actual shearing.  The VSGBA offers one scholarship a year for young shearers (The Dan Korngeibel Scholarship). We have limited openings this year so register early.

Registration Details: 

To register or for more information call 802-483-2463 or email Jim McRae at vtshearer@yahoo.com.


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