A handful of shearing schools have announced their dates for 2018 and 2019.
In addition to learning to shear in a hands-on manner, the schools offer teaching on equipment, animal welfare and staying in shape for the physically demanding task. Equipment is supplied, but students are often encouraged to bring any equipment they have, as well.
These schools offer training for a wide variety of students – from hobby farmers looking to shear their own flocks to those with aspirations of shearing professionally.
- Texas A&M AgriLife Shearing School – Jan. 12-14 in San Angelo, Texas. For information, visit https://agrilife.org/
- Utah State University Shearing School – Jan. 17-19 in Wellsville, Utah. For information, contact Tracy Hadfield at email@example.com, call 435-797-2875 or visit www.tinyurl.com/shearing-
- 3Q Advanced Shearing Schools with Mike Pora: Jan. 28-30 in Newell, S.D., contact Mike Hagens at 701-220-6636 or Alex Moser at 605-254-6004; Feb. 2-3 in Dillon, Mont., contact Mike Schuldt at 406-852-3462 or George Kerr at 406-425-0194; and Feb. 9-10 in Oregon, contact Jake Valentine at 541-253-1034.
- Maryland Sheep Shearing School – Feb. 8-9 at Dale Lehman’s Farm in Western Maryland. For information, email Aaron Geiman at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Missouri University Extension Shearing School – March 6-7 in Jefferson City, Mo. For information, contact Erin Brindisi at 573-681-5859 or email BrindisiE@LincolnU.edu.
- Washington State Beginning Shearing School – April 2-6 in Moses Lake, Wash. An Advanced Shearing School is April 7, 2019, also in Moses Lake. For information, contact Sarah Smith at 509-754-2011, ext. 4313, email@example.com, or visit http://www.wssp.org.
- Ohio Shearing School – April 12-13 in Hebron, Ohio. For information, contact Roger High at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ohiosheep.org
- Oregon Sheep Growers Association Shearing School – April 25-28 in Douglas County, Ore. For information, John Fine at email@example.com or 541-673-0369.
- Tennessee Annual Shearing School – April 26-27 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. For information, contact Mark Powell at 615-519-7796, firstname.lastname@example.org visit http://www.tennesseesheep.org.
- Western Pennsylvania Shearing School – April 26-27, 2019, in Scenery Hill, Penn. For information, contact Walt Bumgarner at email@example.com or 724-438-0111.