March 8, 2000 | By: Aimee D. Heald

The popularity of sheep in Kentucky is on the rise. With that new popularity comes new owners who may not be familiar with some of the basic skills to raise a quality herd, such as shearing sheep to separate the animal from its winter fleece.

The University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture will again host a spring shearing school at the new Woodford County Animal Research Center's sheep unit, April 3 and 4.

"Shearing is an important part of a good sheep management program" Monty Chappel, UK Extension sheep production and 4-H livestock specialist, said.

Charlie Swaim, from the Stewart/Oster Company, will return as the lead instructor for the two-day event. Beginners will participate both days and more experienced producers are encouraged to attend on day two to fine-tune their shearing skills.

The registration fee of $15 for two days and $10 for one day 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 (606) 257-2716,

Information on all phases of sheep production is provided by the UK College of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service and can be obtained through your local county agent for agriculture, or by calling 606-257-7508.


Monty Chappell 606-257-2716