Tennessee Sheep Shearing School will be on April 21 and 22,
2017, at the Tennessee Livestock Center on the Middle Tennessee
State University (MTSU) campus in Murfreesboro. The school is
sponsored by the Tennessee Sheep Producers Association, the
University of Tennessee Extension Service and the MTSU School of
Mr. Rathke will be assisted by Dr. Warren Gill, MTSU
School of Agribusiness an Agriscience, William Rick,
visiting shearer, and Caleb Fritz, MTSU Alum and local
shearer and Mark Powell with the Tennessee Department of
The shearing school is designed for either beginner or
experienced shearers who wish to improve their skills.
Instructors will teach the most modern, up-to-date
shearing methods. One of the most important aspects of
the school is information about maintenance and care of
sheep shearing equipment.
The school will start at 10:00am on Friday April 21,
with registration. At 10:30 AM there will be a
discussion of equipment care and maintenance and at 1:00
PM we will start shearing. On Saturday April 22 at
8:00AM we will continue with the hands-on shearing
instruction. The course will continue until all
sheep are sheared (usually by noon).
cost for the Shearing School is $150 per person.
In order to make plans, pre-registration is required.
Participation is limited to the first 20 paid
applicants. Complete the form below and return to the
address shown. If you have questions, please call Mark
Powell at 615-519-7796 or Warren Gill at 615-478-3828.