The training will take place at the SDSU Animal and Range Sciences complex, located on Medary Avenue and Campus Drive, just south of the U.S. Highway 14 Bypass in Brookings. South Dakota Cooperative Extension Sheep Specialist Jeff Held will be one of the instructors, along with professional sheep shearers Curt Olson of Montana and Wade Kopren of South Dakota.
Instructors will cover topics including professional shearing pattern, equipment maintenance and repair, and wool handling and preparation.
The instructional fee is $125 per person and it includes a course handbook and DVD. New educational materials developed by the American Wool Council-Sheep Shearing Task Force will be used in the shearer training. The school is limited to 10 students, experienced and non-experienced, Held said. The deadline to register is Nov. 29.
Information about the school, including a registration form, is available at this link: http://www.sdstate.edu/ars/species/sheep/extension/sheep-shearing-school.cfm.
You may also register by sending your contact information and payment to South Dakota Sheep Shearing Program, Box 2170, Brookings, SD 57007.
Call Jeff Held for more information at 605-688-5433 or e-mail him at this address: Jeffrey.Held@sdstate.edu.
The South Dakota Sheep Growers Association’s Wool Committee with cooperation from the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service.