BROOKINGS -- A sheep shearing school is set for Dec. 5-7 at South Dakota State University in Brookings.
The training will take place at the SDSU Sheep Unit, located on Medary Avenue, 1 1/2 miles north of the US-14 bypass in Brookings.
South Dakota Extension Sheep Specialist Jeff Held will be one of the instructors, along with professional sheep shearers Curt Olson of Montana, Wade Kopren of South Dakota and Brian Lautt of North Dakota.
Instructors will cover topics including professional shearing pattern, equipment maintenance and repair, and wool handling and preparation.
The deadline to register for this school is Nov. 28. Class size is limited to 12 students, experienced and non-experienced. The instructional fee is $150 per person and it includes a course handbook and DVD. New educational materials developed by the American Wool Council-Sheep Shearing Task Force will be used in the shearer training.
A registration form is available at this link: http://www.sdstate.edu/ars/species/sheep/extension/sheep-shearing-school.cfm.
Send contact information and payment to South Dakota Sheep Shearing Program, Box 2170, Brookings, S.D., 57007.