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2013 Sheep Shearing Schools

A blade shearing school is planned for April 5 & 6 at Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road in New Gloucester, Maine. Participants will be shearing a flock of Romney sheep. The instructor for this hands-on school is renowned blade shearer, Kevin Ford of Massachusetts. The cost of the school is $85 per person and includes reference materials and lunch.

Also, two beginner level shearing schools planned for spring 2013: Saturday, April 20, 2012 in Freeport, Maine and Saturday, May 4, 2013 Littleton, Maine.

For more information about all three schools or to register, visit

Image Description: Peopple shearing sheep

Three Opportunities to Learn to Shear Sheep in 2012

Blade Shearing School with expert blade shearer, Kevin Ford
Friday, March 30, 2012
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester, Maine
Fee: $80/person
Participation limited to 8 individuals. Spectators are welcome.
Registration Form (Word)

Blade shearing is the shearing of sheep with hand shears (no electricity). This hands-on, 2-day school will equip participants with skills and knowledge to shear sheep and in the proper use and care of hand shears. Shears are provided for the school and will be available for purchase.

Sheep Shearing School, Beginner Level
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Fee: $35/person
Windham, Maine (Cumberland County)
Participation limited to 22 individuals.
Registration Form (Word)

Sheep Shearing School, Beginner Level
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Fee: $35/person
Littleton, Maine (Aroostook County)
Participation limited to 22 individuals.
Registration Form (Word)

The conventional sheep shearing schools are taught by a team of experienced, Maine-based sheep shearers. Participants will learn how to catch, handle, and maneuver sheep for shearing, shear efficiently with electric shears, shear on a table as a option, and the proper trimming of hooves, handling of wool, and caring of equipment.

These three shearing schools are sponsored by the Maine Sheep Breeders Association and University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

For more information, contact UMaine Extension at 1-800-287-1471 (207-781-6099) or e-mail


Image Description: man and youth shear a sheep


University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Contact Information

Cooperative Extension: Livestock
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System