Hopland Research and Extension Center
University of California
Hopland Research and Extension Center

Sheep Shearing and Care: E-Mentor Program

Date: March 2, 2021

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Contact: Hannah Bird hbird@ucanr.edu

Sponsor: Hopland Research and Extension Center

Location: Online

Event Details

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Description: Improve your shearing technique and problem solve sheep health challenges with experts in this four session online series. The class will offer online workshops considering key topics (shearing techniques, common problems, ergonomics, equipment, sheep handling, health checks during shearing, flock management, common health problems in sheep, nutrition, breeding, predators, targeted grazing, and planning your yearly calendar), during each class a panel will respond to your questions. 

Included with each student's course fee is a single personalized 30-minute session (“office hours”) with course instructors. Time slots for these sessions will be every 30 minutes (from 12:30PM-2:30PM) immediately following each class session.

This class would suit: Small flock owners, those who have some experience of shearing, those currently working as shearers, experienced shearers looking to perfect their technique.

E-Mentor Bios

Rosie Busch, DVM: Dr. Busch recently joined the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Extension team in the Fall of 2019! Her passion is connecting California veterinarians, farmers and ranchers to evidence-based resources that are reliable and practical. Her research interests are focused in three major areas: 1) maternal health and reproduction; 2) youngstock health; and 3) production efficiency and quality.


Alison Smith: Alison is the Staff Research Associate at the Hopland Research and Extension Center, as well as the sheep flock manager.  After 15 years as an RVT at teaching hospitals and animal shelters, specializing in ICU and emergency care, Alison came to HREC in 2015 to get back to her passions of livestock and science.  She oversees all research projects at HREC and coordinates field work while managing all aspects of the flock of over 200 sheep.

Trevor Hollenback: Owner/operator of Hollenback Shearing, Trevor Hollenback has been professionally trained and employed as a shearer in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Austria. His primary focus in shearing is limiting stress to both the sheep and shearer.

Rebecca Burgess: Rebecca Burgess is the executive director of Fibershed, chair of the board for Carbon Cycle Institute, and the author of “Harvesting Color.” A vocationally trained weaver and natural dyer, she creates hands-on curricula that focus on restoration ecology and fiber systems. Burgess has built an extensive network of farmers and artisans in the Northern California Fibershed to pilot an innovative fiber systems model at the community scale. 

When? March 2, 9, 16 and 23. 11am-12pm PST. A 30 minute personalized session (“office hours”) will be available to all participants. Time slots for these sessions will be every 30 minutes (from 12:30PM-2:30PM) immediately following each class session.

Maximum class size: 20 participants.

Cost: $20-$100

Flexible pricing to accommodate varying participant funds, supported by Fibershed.

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