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2014 SDSU Sheep Shearing School set

This SDSU shearer training class is limited to 12 students resulting in no more than two students per instructor. Staff photo

The SDSU Sheep Shearing training program will be held Dec. 10-12, 2014 at the SDSU Sheep Unit located in Brookings.

For more than 20 years South Dakota Sheep Growers Association and SDSU Extension have sponsored a three-day program designed for experienced and non-experienced persons eager to gain skills to improve the harvest of wool in flocks across the region.

Professional training

Professional shearing instructors include Curt Olson, Mont., Wade Kopren, S.D., Brian Lautt, N.D., Alex Moser, Iowa, Mark Hogenboorn, Iowa and Kevin Hicks Mo.

"These shearers are among the elite shearers in the US and have served in our training program for many years! In addition to teaching the skills of shearing they excel in many aspects of shearing, including proper blade sharpening techniques, wool packaging, animal management and facilities layout on shearing day," said Jeff Held, Professor & SDSU Extension Sheep Specialist.

The event is co-sponsored by SDSGA-Wool Committee and SDSU Extension.

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This shearer training class is limited to 12 students resulting in no more than two students per instructor.

Participants will be supplied with top quality shearing equipment such as flex drops, hand pieces, combs, etc. courtesy of the program sponsors-South Dakota Sheep Growers Assn. Yet many bring their own shearing equipment to have the instructors help you evaluate and address maintenance needs and proper equipment function.

To register:

To register for this event, visit iGrow.org/events to download the form.

The cost of the program is $150 per person with a $25 deposit submitted by the registration deadline on Dec. 2, 2014.

Make check payable to: SDSU Animal Science. Completed registration forms and deposit can be sent to SD Sheep Shearing Program, Box 2170, Brookings, SD 57007.

For additional information, contact Held at 605-690-7033 or email Jeffrey.Held@sdstate.edu.