Private/Group Instruction

National Sheep Shearing Academy

2016 Schools

April 22-23: Beginners/Intermediates – Tennessee Shearing School, Murfreesboro, TN

To Register Call: Mark Powell at 615-519-7796 or Warren Gill at 615-478-3828. Limit 20.


April 29-May 1: Beginners/Intermediate – Lamb Shoppe, Hutchinson, Minnesota

To Register Call: 320-587-6094 or complete on-line registration form.

Limit 10. $400 includes meals


June 2-5: Intermediate/Advanced – Hutchinson, Minnesota.

Earn While You Learn” Advance your shearing to the next level. In this class, you will go on the job with Doug as he trains you. You will have the opportunity to earn money for each sheep successfully sheared for the farmer.

Limit 10. $500, snacks and noon meal provided.

To Register Call: 320-587-6094 or complete on-line registration form.


June 24-26: Intermediate/Advanced: Hebron, Ohio.

Limit 10. $350  

To Register Call: 320-587-6094 or complete on-line registration form.   


 DVD, Certificate, and Manual Included in all Courses


About Your Instructor

shearingDoug Rathke, a seasoned shearer, knows what it takes to learn the art of shearing and he knows what it takes to teach it on a level so it can be understood and retained. That is why so many people have taken his sheep shearing course. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced shearer, there is something for everyone to learn.

Various shearing schools are put on throughout the year. The schools may be held formally in conjunction with a university, done in cooperation with the extension service, or held on our farm in a group or private session. Check the event calendar for upcoming schools. Here is a video from a shearing school in Tennessee courtesy of Tennessee Home and Farm.

Private sessions offer one-on-one instruction and are open for scheduling. A number of people who completed the shearing course come back for a refresher or to continue to improve their skills. Many of those who have completed the course have gone on to earn additional income as custom shearers for nearby flocks.