February 2, 2010

Some of the most basic skills in sheep management are the most important. For instance, learning to shear the animal to separate it from its winter wool is vital to having a quality flock. Producers who shear their own sheep can save valuable dollars and have the satisfaction of making their enterprise more self-sufficient.

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture will offer sheep producers a chance to learn shearing techniques in a hands-on shearing school for beginners March 30 at UK's Animal Research Center in Woodford County.

"Shearing is an important part of a good sheep management program" said Don Ely, UK sheep coordinator and professor of ruminant nutrition in the College of Agriculture’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences. “This hands-on school will offer students an opportunity to learn about equipment care and management, wool care and actual shearing.”

Enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Preregistration begins March 1 online at http://www.uky.edu/afs/sheep/sheepinfo.html . A registration fee of $75 is due by March 23 and should be sent to Shearing School, 911 W.P. Garrigus Bldg., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0215. For more information, call or e-mail Ely at 859-257-2717, dely@ uky.edu .

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