Sheep Shearing and Basic Care 101
Location: UC Hopland Research and Extension Center, Hopland CA
Dates: Two fully separate courses: April 9-15 and April 16-22; choose 1 (up to 12 student spaces per class).
Cost: $980 for class and materials. Equity pricing allows participants to pay between $300-$980 at a level that is appropriate for their personal budget.
2 full scholarships are available and flexible equity pricing options are also made possible due to the generous support of Fibershed.
Housing for additional $15 per night - Sunday-Saturday = $90, bunkhouse style
Lead Instructor: 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.
Class description: The University of California Hopland Research and Extension Center is excited to announce this shearing school. The school will focus on immersive hands-on shearing training in a small group setting (10-12 students), with additional lecture and discussion time to consider the many elements surrounding sheep handling, husbandry, flock health, running a mobile shearing service, ethical shearing, grazing for fuel reduction and climate beneficial ranching practices.
This course is very physically rigorous, requiring your body to be in uncomfortable positions for extended periods of time while shearing. Guidance will be given to reduce discomfort, but registrants should be aware of the physical nature of the class and come prepared to work hard.
Registration will begin with an application process, priority will be given to those who intend to be in the sheep shearing world, either as producers themselves, or to provide services to producers. All further selections will be made by lottery.
- We strongly encourage all participants to be fully vaccinated (including boosters).
- Masks are encouraged indoors. Masks will not be worn during active sheep shearing.
- We ask participants to maintain social distance at all possible times, there will be times during the class when you will need to be within 6 ft of another shearer.
The application period runs from December 12, 2022- 5pm January 27, 2023 (PST). The link will be posted here when the application period is opened: