Shearing School Registration 2020

ISA to hold 2nd annual shearing school

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - The Indiana Sheep Association (ISA) will be hosting a shearing school Saturday March 7, at Purdue University’s Sheep Unit.
The statewide workshop, also sponsored by the Indiana Sheep and Wool Market Development Program, will take place at 5675 W. County Road 600 N. West Lafayette, 47906, and run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Anyone is welcome to register, regardless of experience level, to learn the skills and methods required to successfully shear a sheep. All instructors present will be master shearers, including lead organizer and professional shearer Steve Kennedy, whose family have been great instructors for shearing schools going back to Kennedy’s grandfather, Don, who helped instruct many shearing schools at Purdue with other professionals.
A registration fee of $50 will cover the cost of the workshop, lunch and required shearing equipment, though participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment, if they have it.
Registration forms, found at,  must be mailed to ISA Executive Director Bob Benson at 3506 Heathcliff Ct. Westfield, IN 46074. The completed registration form with the fee enclosed must be received by February 22, 2020. The class is limited to 20 participants. As part of registration, attendees must sign a liability waiver.
“There is a continuous need for young and new sheep shearers as the older generations retire,” said Gerald Kelly, manager of the Purdue Sheep Unit and shearing school co-organizer. “Producers and 4-Hers benefit from being able to shear their own sheep efficiently instead of trying to find a professional shearer. The Purdue folks are happy to help the industry just as we have for the last 150 years.”

Background: The ISA is one of the oldest livestock organizations in Indiana. It was originally founded as the Indiana Wool Growers Association in 1876 to encourage local shepherds to come together to share ideas and expertise, to promote lamb and wool in the state, and to educate our communities about the value of sheep and the sheep industry.

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Two Indiana Teens Take Top Honors at the National “Make It With Wool” Contest
Flat Rock Teen takes National First Place in Junior Division

Indianapolis (February 2020) – Two Indiana teens took top 10 honors at the 2020 National Make It with Wool (MIWW) competition in Scottsdale, Ariz., in conjunction with the American Sheep Industry annual convention.

Madeline Douglas of Flat Rock, Ind. placed first in the junior division (ages 13-16), and Olivia Lexie South of Marshall, Ind., placed in the top 10 in the senior division (ages 17-24).

In addition, Madeline Douglas was awarded a specialty first place honor for “outstanding use of mohair” for the charcoal gray mohair coat she sewed for the competition. As first place national junior winner, Madeline will be representing the MIWW as the contest’s junior ambassador through 2020.

Forty-six contestants representing 26 states spent three days participating in judging workshops, fashion show rehearsals and learning more about the sheep and wool industry. The competition showcases and promotes the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics, yarns, and fibers and encourages personal creativity in sewing, knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, and other needlework arts. All contestants must select, construct, and model their own garment(s) made from more than 60 percent wool

The National MIWW contest is sponsored by ASI and ASI-Women. Contestants sew, felt, knit, or crochet garments made with wool fabric or yarn (of at least 60% wool content). Junior and Senior winners of State Contests are invited to compete at the national level. Other age and category divisions are offered on a state level. The national adult and design judging competitions are held prior to the National MIWW Competition. For more information, please check out the MIWW website,, or visit the Indiana Make it With Wool facebook page, the Indiana Sheep Association website, or the Make It with Wool Contest website:


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