Colorado State University Cooperative Extension and Sunbeam Division of Oester, which manufactures shearing clippers, are hosting a sheep-shearing school Dec. 12 and 13 at the Brush fairgrounds. The school is held in connection with Sheep Day 2002, an educational program that will be held Dec. 14 at the southwest Weld County Service Complex, 4208 Weld County Road 24-1/2, Longmont.
Included as instruction areas for Sheep Day are sheep safety and quality assurance, feeding and nutrition management, pre-lambing, wool preparation for show, U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance programs and scrapie program updates. This is the first time that a sheep Quality Assurance Level One of the training program has been offered to Colorado producers.
Four-time national sheep-shearing champion Charlie Swain will be among the shearing instructors to provide information and instruction for the sheep-shearing school.
The school will start at 9 a.m. Dec. 12 and 13. The fee is $65 for the two-day school and will include instructional materials. Registration deadline is Nov. 29. The fee for Sheep Day 2002 will be waived for those participating in the sheep-shearing school. For those not participating, the Sheep Day 2002 fee is $15 per person and $7 per additional family member or employee if registration is received by Dec. 9. The fee after Dec. 9 is $20 per person and $10 per additional family member or employee.
For more information and registration materials for Sheep Day 2002 and the sheep shearing school, call (970) 867-2493.