ITHACA, N.Y. — Learn from multiple world class shearers in this two-day sheep shearing school. This school will help shearers with some prior knowledge refine and expand their skills in order to make shearing a profession or improve their ability to shear their own large flocks. Instruction will include the shearing pattern, blade sharpening techniques, physical fitness, hand piece maintenance, shearing resources from the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), and more!
The Cornell Sheep Shearing School will take place on Friday November 11th, 2022 and Saturday November 12th, 2022 from 8:30am-4:00pm at Cornell University Ithaca, NY. The school will primarily be taught by Doug Rathke from Lamb Shoppe LLC. Minnesota. Rathke is one of the top shearers and shearing instructors in the United States and has had extensive training from the New Zealand Wools. Rathke is skilled at both machine and blade shearing. Rathke has represented the USA Shearing Team for the Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing Championships on more than several occasions. In addition to competing in hand blade shearing, machine shearing, and wool handling Doug also serves as a USA representative to the Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing Council a USA representative to the Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing Council.
Aaron Loux from Aaron Loux’s Professional Sheep Shearing and Jim Baldwin from Foxfire Farms will both be assisting Rathke in instruction. Loux has been a professional sheep shearer for over a decade and has trained in Australia, New Zealand, and Wales. Baldwin has been professional sheep shearer for over two decades and has raised Merino sheep for over three decades.
Students are expected to bring their own gear. It is recommended that you have a minimum of 3 medium-beveled combs and 9 cutters (3 cutters per comb). If you need gear or have any questions regarding shearing equipment, contact Doug at 320-583-7281.
Registration is $225 per person. The application form can be downloaded from https://www.ccelivestock.com/cce-livestock-pwt-events/cornell-sheep-shearing-school . The official registration deadline is October 21, 2022. However, we may accept applications later is we do not reach 12 qualified registrants by that date. However, class size is limited to 12 participants to ensure that a quality training experience can be provided. Therefore we strongly recommend submitting your application by Oct 21st if at all possible.
The mission of the Cornell Sheep & Goat Program is to improve the sustainability of goat and sheep farms in the Northeastern United States by providing educational resources and communication outlets to producers.
–Cornell Sheep & Goat Program