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New Videos Teach Sheep Shearing

by Tianna DuPont

Mike Fournier from Penn State Extension demonstrates sheep shearing positions.

Finding someone to shear your sheep is becoming more difficult and expensive every year, and more and more farmers are looking to shear their own. Producers interested in learning to shear their own sheep, or those who may just need a refresher to brush up on their skills, can now look to the Web for help. We hope these videos will get you on a good track to doing your own shearing.

Penn State Extension’s Start Farming team realized the lack of good sheep shearing information when class after class of shearing workshops filled up, and folks were still asking for more.

The team created two videos, one explaining the tools needed to shear sheep and how to prepare and care for the shears, and one demonstrating the six shearing positions. To view the videos, please visit the Start Farming team’s website at extension.psu.edu/start-farming and click on the “Sheep” tab on the left side of the page.

In 2009 Penn State Extension launched the Start Farming program in response to increased interest in farm start-up from community members. The program’s goal is to enhance the success of beginning farmers by providing information and hands-on training in production, marketing, financial management, as well as land and other resource acquisition.  Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

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