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You have a clean fleece, but how do you prep it for spinning?
This class will teach you how to use hand carders, and a flick carder for prep. If you own carders, please bring them. There will be a limited number of hand carders for use in the class. You'll receive 3 ounces of clean fleece to practice with.
Cost is $30 for the one hour class.
So, you have a raw sheep fleece. What’s next?!
Monica Kortsha, the owner of local yarn business Gothfarm Yarn, will guide you through a couple options, with the class covering everything from wool skirting and storage to milling and marketing.
The class will start with a live shearing demonstration from sheep shearer Chloe O’Rourke and her wooly assistants. Monica will then discuss the basics of wool evaluation, preparation, and commodification, working with the freshly shorn fleece in real time.
This class is for anyone who wants to know how to treat wool once it’s off the sheep and in your hands. This includes sheep raisers interested in getting more value out of their wool and crafters interested in working with quality fleeces.
Trying to save sick animals with dewormers and blood transfusions,
one after another, is a losing battle. It’s time to take control of the war
by learning worm management strategies that you will customize
to YOUR farm and YOUR animals.
Join me for an informal and easy to understand
presentation as we discuss:
*The deadly Barber Pole Worm and Its Lifecycle relating
to your management choices
*Which animals in your herd are most at risk of parasite infections and how to evaluate/manage those risks
*The latest research on using dewormers the CORRECT way
*Dewormer resistance and how to slow its progress on your property
*Natural products and management techniques to help decrease worm loads on your property and in your animals
*Myths and Misunderstandings surrounding worms and their treatment
*Proper FAMACHA scoring technique and interpretation
Presented by Tammy Gallagher, Certified FAMACHA Instructor
Class Length: 4 hours
FAMACHA Demo and Practice Lab: up to 1 hour
(Lab Required for FAMACHA Certification)
*Participants must be 13 years of age or older for certification.
Chloe O'Rourke is the shearer for many a small farm here in the U.S. She makes her rounds throughout the year making small to medium farms feel better because, as you know, the sheep must be sheared! She has a good amount of knowledge about the critters and the wool she shears from them.
Chloe will be teaming up Saturday morning with Monika to demonstrate the fleece as it is sheared from the sheep.
John Lewis graduated from Texas A&M as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After a serving in the U.S. Army and followed by a career in the pharmaceutical industry, he and his wife Kathy retired to a sheep ranch in Gillespie County west of Fredericksburg. Poor fences and rough terrain encouraged the acquisition of a herding border collie; that, in turn, led to a marked improvement in sheep moving and handling.
Having one, then several, herding border collies was followed by joining herding groups, including the Texas Sheep Dog Association (TSDA). Classical sheep dog herding was a necessity and developed as a sport in the United Kingdom near the end of the 1800s, eventually moved to sheep-herding regions around the world, including the U.S., and became officially organized in Texas in 1963. Competitions (“trials”) are held over the U.S., and Texas is a hot-bed of sheep dog activity. John became an active and frequent competitor and has served as a TSDA director and president. The border collie you will see displaying her talents is a seasoned competitor and has competed in trials all over the U.S.
The TSDA website www.texassheepdogassoc.org lists upcoming trials and events and has a classified section that lists puppies and dogs for sale, members who will train dogs, and dog paraphernalia.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON DEMO!