The Modern Shepherd
Dalhousie University, Bible Hill, NS - Fall and Winter 2014-15
The Modern Shepherd is a four-module production course that provides you, the new entrant or veteran producer with up to date information to succeed in the Atlantic Sheep industry.
The individual modules, aligned with a typical production cyle, provide a combination of in-class sessions with hands-on practical activities and tours so you can gain an understanding of all aspects of raising sheep- from choosing sheep, breeding, lambing and marketing.
Shearing Training for Now and the Future
Are you shearing your own flock? Are you shearing someone else’s flock?
Have you ever said to yourself “Why am I doing this, this is so hard”
You are not the first person to pick up a handpiece and say that and you won’t be the last. Shearing is a hard, physically demanding job but at the same time extremely rewarding. The saying goes “practice makes perfect”. To perfect the art of shearing can take years of dedication and commitment. Due to the small flock size in Canada it is hard to shear the numbers needed to perfect your trade but with some expert training, instruction and guidance, the process of becoming an efficient shearer is made a lot easier.
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If you require assistance please contact Ryan Bowden: 905 914 9219
3rd Annual Eastern Canadian Sheep Shearing Competition takes place at the Holstein Rodeo on July 12, 2014
Over $7000 in prize money
Starting time 9 am, finals will be held in the evening
Early bird registration before June 1
Don Metheral 705-466-2568
Wayne Orr 519-334-3751
Shearing School for Beginners in Ontario 2014
What You Will Learn:
Staying Healthy Shearing
When: September 23rd, 24th, 25th, 2014. The Tuesday night will be a 2 to 3 hour classroom session starting at 7:00PM. Wednesday and Thursday will be hands on shearing from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: This course will be held at the farm of Dean & Ellen Cottrell near Alliston
Why: This course is aimed at preparing candidates for the advanced shearing course run by the CCWG and is supported by both the CCWG and Ontario Sheep.
How: This is a hand’s on course that deals mainly teaching the New Zealand Wool Board way of handling and shearing sheep.
Meals: Smoko’s & lunch will be provided. Accommodations , breakfast, and supper will not. We will have a meal provided for us on Wednesday night after a chance to clean up after shearing.
Instructors: 3 for 7 students
Equipment: Students will be taught with flex drops and hand pieces supplied by the instructors. Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment for the last two hours. All shearing will be done with plain jane combs with no hooks.
Cost: $400 My understanding is that students are elleigible for funding from the growing forward program of OMAFRA.
Registration: A non refundable registration fee of $200 is required at the time of registratrion.
Contact: Peter Kudelka 519-348-4266 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shearing School info sheet
Advance Shearing Course - SK
There will be a two day advance shearing course open to shearers who have done a basic shearing course or have already learned the basics of shearing and wish to improve their technique.
Some equipment will be available to use but bring your own machine if you have one.
Will accept beginners if there is space available.
Date: March 21st - 22nd, 2014
Place: Chris Eddy's Feedlot, Yorkton SK
Instructor: Brian Greaves
To register contact:
1-306 620 6434
Alberta Shearing Course, March 7 & 8, 2014
Place: Leslieville, AB (40 minutes west of Red Deer on Rod and Jacquie Turuk's farm)
Register: Please phone Jacquie at 403-729-3067 or email at email@example.com
Date: March 7th and 8th, 2014 (Friday and Saturday)
Cost: $250.00 +GST
Time: 9am to 4pm
Instructor: Shaun Fajnor
Sheep shearing School 2013
Instructors: Randy Coulas, Doug Kennedy, Peter Kudelka
Left to right: Randy Coulas, Scott Donald, Doug Kennedy, Mat Scott, Malcom Duffy, Ray Ford, Taylor Armstrong, Rob Scott
Kneeling in front: Dean Cottrell & Peter Kudelka
Absent : Sherry-Lee Byce
A sheep shearing school was held 24–26th of September at the farm of Ellen & Dean Cottrell near Everett, Ontario. Seven students were put through the programme under the watchful eyes of the Instructors: Peter Kudelka, Doug Kennedy & Randy Coulas.
Tuesday night we sat around the table and after the introductions we talked about equipment, sheep handling, wool handling, CCWG, Ontario Sheep and staying healthy. Wednesday & Thursday were spent hands-on shearing 85 sheep. The equipment used was flex shaft machines and Ovina combs, which kept the cuts to a minimum. We also used the DVD by Fiona Nettleton on sheep shearing as a resource.
Participants were Sheri-Lee Byce, Westmeath ON; William McIntosh, Kirkfield ON; Scott Donald, Mount Forest ON; Matt Scott, Brantford ON; Malcolm Duffie, Carters Point NB; Ray Ford, Powasson ON & Tyler Armstrong, Renfrew ON. Two were left-handers who decided to stay as left-handed shearers.
It was a very successful school that improved the abilities of all who attended.
"PDK Hoof Trimming" "PDK Shearing & Supplies"
Peter & Thelma Kudelka
Box 39, Mitchell, Ontario, N0K 1N0
Shearing School dates for Manitoba
Dates: August 21st-22nd 2013
Location: Tony Atkinsons Collection Yard, Brandon, MB
Cost: $275 - includes lunches, comb and 2 cutters.
$200 for those who have their own equipment.
The course is open to beginners and shearers who want some advance training.
On the August 22nd I will be doing wool preparation instructions for shearers and producers, this is open to everyone at no cost.
Please contact Brian Greaves 204-567-3509
School teaches art of sheep shearing ‘blow by blow’
Two-day course shows shearers how to separate the wool from the sheep with a minimum of fuss
By Daniel Winters
Manitoba Co-operator - Sept 5th 2013
CCWG Wool Handling Seminars
CCWG is intending to conduct wool handling seminars in Eastern and Western Canada at a convenient time and location during the current year. Travel expenses would be covered by CCWG and we are extending an invitation to all wool depot operators and shearers to determine if there is interest. Please contact the undersigned at your earliest convenience.
Eric Bjergso, General Manager
Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited
Box 130 142 Franktown Rd
Carleton Place, ON K7C 3P3
Sheep Shearing Courses
We offer beginner and advanced level courses for western & eastern Canada.
Some course topics would include:
1) Shearing patterns, techniques and quality methods of shearing for
better efficiency and the improved harvest of the wool clip.
2) Shearing gear preparation and grinding techniques, bio security issues
3) Health and nutrition
4) Fleece preparation.
The course will be limited to 12 participants and early registration is recommended in ordered to secure your spot.
Please contact Alberta Lamb - www.ablamb.ca
Alberta Lamb Producers
97 East Lake Ramp NE
Airdrie, AB, T4A 0C3
Please contact OSMA firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Kudelka 519-348-4266 email@example.com