The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding the annual Wool Handling School Jan. 4-5 and the Certified Wool Classing School Jan. 4-6 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo, 7887 U.S. Highway 87 North, San Angelo.
Applications are due by Dec. 1. The cost is $200 for the Certified Wool Classing School and $125 for the Wool Handling School. Applicants will be asked to self-identify as beginners with limited fiber knowledge or as advanced with five or more years of experience in the fiber industry. Participants will also need to provide a short paragraph about why they are interested in attending.
“We will be focusing on individual growers or ranch workers to be part of the Certified Wool Classing School,” said Ronald Pope, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research director of the Bill Sims Wool and Mohair Research Laboratory in San Angelo. “We want to encourage wool growers to again approach wool quality as an achievable goal when shearing occurs.”
Wool Classing School
The wool classing school will be held in conjunction with the Sheep Shearing School. Participants of the shearing school may also sit in on the wool handling course. This school is designed to teach proper wool preparation, packaging and classing techniques to support the U.S. wool industry.
Students will be taught basic wool science principles, market structure, and domestic and international factors that influence the wool industry in order to expand the student’s knowledge and understanding of proper wool preparation.
Participants will have the equivalent of one day of classroom and two days hands-on instruction. Hands-on instruction will cover all aspects of wool handling, baling and classing. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will receive a certificate for Level I Classer and manual. There are no prerequisites or supplies that the student will need to bring.
Wool Handling School
Wool handling will cover basic training on accepted wool handling to improve commercial marketability of wool. The introductory course will cover how and why to separate specific wool qualities on an individual fleece and fleeces within a flock.
Training will include short classroom instruction and shearing shed experience. The objective is to enhance student’s knowledge so they can assist the wool industry in preparing wool to improve quality.
Contact Pope for more information or call 325-653-4576.
Proper COVID-19 protocols will be followed. These include social distancing, face masks and any local guidelines at the time of the school.