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Northeast Sheep Shearing School

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 8:00am to 5:00pm

Shepherds Way Farm LLC, 623 Bird Cemetery Rd, Locke, NY 13092

A two-day sheep shearing school will be held at Shepherds Way LLC Farm in Locke, NY on March 10-11, 2018. Instruction will include the shearing pattern, blade sharpening techniques, physical fitness, hand piece maintenance and more. This school is for both beginners and advanced shearers. This school was previously known as the Cornell Sheep Shearing School.

The school is sponsored by the American Sheep Shearing Academy and will be instructed by Doug Rathke of Minnesota.  Rathke is one of the top shearers in the United States and has had extensive training from the New Zealand Wools.  Rathke is skilled at both machine and blade shearing.

The registration cost is $195 per person.  The class will be limited to 20 students. Deadline for registration is February 15, 2018.

To register for the shearing school send your name, mailing address, phone number, email address and a check or money order in US funds made payable to Doug Rathke and mail to Doug Rathke, 61231 Hwy 7 W, Hutchinson, MN 55350.  Call 320-587-6094 if you have any questions.  Email to get a registration form.

Shearing Equipment: Bring your 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, please all Doug at 320-583-7281.

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Doug Rathke

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American Sheep Shearing Academy

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