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Washington State Shearing School

Program Contact: Sarah Smith, Regional Specialist, Animal Sciences
(509) 766-3181 •


The 2024 Washington State Shearing School Beginners School is full and accepting applications for this year’s waiting list. There is still room for the Advanced Tune-Up Session.
To be added to the waiting list and to receive information on future schools, please email your mailing address to Sarah Smith at


Shearing School Dates:

April 22 – 26, 2024 (Beginners School)
April 27, 2023 (Advanced Tune-up Session)


This annual shearing school has been offered to individuals seeking experience and knowledge about shearing, wool evaluation, and sheep production since 1977. In addition to teaching the skills of shearing and associated equipment information and care, students learn various aspects of wool marketing and production and sheep husbandry. Students that complete the WSSP Shearing School not only provide a service to sheep producers in the Pacific Northwest, but they also become informed resources with the ability to share proper shearing techniques and wool handling, and the care and marketing of the animals and their wool. With a state-of-the-art sheep shearing trailer, experienced instructors, and over 500 head of sheep to shear, this is a world-class commercial sheep shearing school.