March 9, 2001 | By: Aimee D. Heald

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 be offering sheep producers a chance to learn shearing techniques in a hands-on shearing school April 2 and 3 at UK's Animal Research Center in Woodford County.

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

UK Shepherd, Winston Deweese and associate shepherd, Andre Fink will lead 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.

Enrollment is limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration is required. The registration fee of $15 for two days and $10 for one day 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 Monty Chappell at (859) 257-2716,

For more information on all phases of sheep production contact your County Extension office.


Monty Chappell 859-257-2716