The Indiana Sheep and Wool Market Development Program will sponsor a shearing school, hosted by the Indiana Sheep Association, on March 5 at Purdue University’s Sheep Center.
The statewide workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 5480 ASREC Drive, West Lafayette. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Anyone is welcome to register, regardless of experience level, to learn the skills and methods required to successfully shear a sheep. Instructors will be experienced shearers, including organizer and master shearer Steve Kennedy.
A registration fee of $50 will cover the cost of the workshop, lunch and required shearing equipment, though participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment if they have it.
Registration forms, found at indianasheep.com, must be mailed to ISA Executive Director Bob Benson at 3506 Heathcliff Ct., Westfield, IN 46074. The completed registration form with the fee enclosed must be received by March 1. The class is limited to 10 participants. As part of registration, attendees must sign a liability waiver.
The program was created to support educational, promotional and research efforts involving sheep in Indiana. Funds for the council are collected from the sale of all sheep in Indiana — 0.5% of the net market price of each sheep sold. All funds collected by stockyards, sale managers, producers and others should be sent to the council’s business office at Purdue.