February 13, 2002 | By: Aimee D. Heald

A quality sheep flock depends on many management practices. One example is shearing. If producers can learn to master the art of separating a sheep from its winter wool, they will be on their way to saving valuable dollars and having the satisfaction of a self-sufficient enterprise.

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture will offer sheep producers a chance to learn shearing techniques during a hands-on shearing school April 11 and 12 at UK's Animal Research Center in Woodford County.

"Some of the most basic skills in sheep management are the most important." said Monty Chappell, UK Extension sheep production and 4-H livestock specialist. “Shearing is an important part of a good sheep management program."

Charles Swaim of Oster Professional Products will lead the two-day event with the help of UK shepherd Winston Deweese and associate shepherd Endre Fink. Beginners will participate both days and more experienced producers are encouraged to attend on day two to fine-tune their shearing skills.

Enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration is required. Participants will be expected to follow biosecurity procedures. The registration fee of $15 for two days and $10 for one day is due by April 1 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 Monty Chappell at (859) 257-2716, mchappel@uky.edu.


Monty Chappell  859-257-2716