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September 7-9, 2018

Shearing & Lambing Barn

Indoor Arena
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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.

Shearing Demonstrations & Workshop

Indoor Arena
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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.

Sheep supplied by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arlington Sheep Unit.

Special thanks to Todd Taylor and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arlington Sheep Unit for supplying the sheep used in these demonstrations!!

NEW! Wool Handling School

The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) will be conducting a Wool Handling School on Friday and Saturday of the festival. Producers, fiber artists or anyone interested in registering should refer to the Wool Handling School page in the catalog or on the festival website. The school will be conducted by Lisa Surber, PhD ASI Raw Wool Services and Level 4 Wool Classing Instructor, with professional shearer David Kier, Eleva, WI, assisting. Sheep and fleeces used in the school supplied by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arlington Sheep Unit, Todd Taylor, Shepherd.

Pre-registration is required and enrollment is limited.

2018 Wisconsin Shearing Schools

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 toddtaylor@wisc.edu. Co-sponsored by Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative www.wisbc.com.

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