21 & 22 March 2015
The shearing school will be held at the
Cornell Teaching & Research Center Sheep Farm near Harford, NY south of Dryden, NY off of Route 38 on Slaterville Road. Click here for directions.
Instruction will include the shearing pattern, blade
sharpening techniques, physical fitness, handpiece maintenance and more. The instructor is Doug Rathke from
Minnesota. Rathke is one of the top shearers in the
and has had extensive training from the New Zealand
Wools. Rathke is skilled at both machine
and blade shearing.
Class size is limited to 20 participants. Participants must bring their own equipment. The registration cost is $150 per person. Deadline for registration is
February 25, 2015, but the school usually fills up quickly.
If you are unable to attend the shearing school, but are
still interested in learning more about sheep shearing an instructional video
tape or DVD is available. This 90-minute
“how-to” video is filled with useful tips and information on shearing. The cost of the video or DVD is $44.95 and
may be obtained at the address below.
To register for the shearing school (or to purchase the
video or DVD) send your name, mailing address, phone number and a check or money
order in US funds made payable to Doug Rathke and mail to Doug Rathke, 61231 MN
Hwy 7, Hutchinson, MN 55350. Call
320-587-6094 if you have any questions. Click here for additional information.