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Montana: Wool Harvesting and Handling School set for mid-March

BOZEMAN, MT – Montana State University Extension (MSU) will hold a Wool Harvesting and Handling School next spring. Since enrollment is limited and the first students registered are the first enrolled, early registration is highly recommended.

The beginning sheep shearing course will run March 12-14, 2011, followed by an advanced class March 15-17. The initial meeting will be held at the Montana Wool Lab on the MSU campus. Hands-on training will occur at MSU’s Red Bluff Research Ranch approximately 30 miles west of Bozeman. The registration fee for each course is $125. The cost for attending both is $200. High school students are encouraged to enroll, but anyone under 16 must receive advance approval from one of the instructors.

Instructors are Jim Moore, Extension agent for the MSU Sheep Institute, and Blaine County Extension agent Mike Schuldt. Both have benefitted from training in New Zealand, as well as personal experience in Montana. They will be assisted by MSU Extension Sheep Specialist Rodney Kott and others.

“While it is true that Montana’s sheep numbers have declined over the past few years, the recent increase in prices has sheep numbers climbing,” Kott said. “And with this elevation in numbers comes an increasing demand for sheep shearers in Montana.”

Sheep shearing can become a lucrative part-time or full-time career, he added.

For more information, or to register, contact Peggy Kelley at kelley@montana.edu or 406-994-3415.

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