Thanks to Todd Taylor, Shepherd at the UW-Arlington Sheep Research Unit, and the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison for supplying the ewes and lambs for this display!
David Kier returns to Jefferson to demonstrate the craft and skills of sheep shearing. David has a degree in Agriculture & Animal Sciences from the University of Arizona and learned the shearing trade over a four-year period while in New Zealand. He then spent 18 years shearing in California before returning to Wisconsin. He regularly travels throughout Wisconsin shearing flocks both large and small and maintains a commercial flock on his own farm near Eleva. Watch a skilled shearer in action: Learn more about wool, shearing techniques, handling a fleece and the sheep that produced it.
For most shepherds wool is an unavoidable product of raising sheep, yet trying to find practical shearing management information is virtually impossible. Find out when to shear your flock, preparing for shearing, nutrition and shearing, handling sheep during shearing, what your shearer needs to get the job done right, preparation of the wool clip for your needs, effects of wool contamination on processing and more! Adding value to a wool clip starts by accepting the fact that shearing is a management tool just as much as genetics, nutrition, and health. David Kier, Professional Shearer, Eleva, WI.
First weekend in December – Beginning Sheep Shearing School, Sheep Unit, University of Wisconsin Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Arlington, WI. Registration/Information: Todd Taylor, 608 846-5858 email@example.com. Co-sponsored by Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative www.wisbc.com.