top of page

Fri, Mar 08


Stone & Thistle Farm

NY Sheep Shearing School 2024

East Meredith, NY

Registration is Closed
See other events
NY Sheep Shearing School 2024
NY Sheep Shearing School 2024

Time & Location

Mar 08, 2024, 9:00 AM – Mar 09, 2024, 4:30 PM

Stone & Thistle Farm, 1211 Kelso Road East Meredith NY 13757


About the event

Dates: Friday, March 8 - Saturday, March 9, 2024

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location: Stone & Thistle Farm, 1211 Kelso Road East Meredith NY 13757

Instructor: Doug Rathke

This 2-day sheep shearing school is great for beginners and also for those who want to improve their current shearing skills. Doug 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. 

This class will give you the confidence to start shearing your own flock or take it to the next level and earn income by shearing for others.

What you will learn:

  • Preparing for shearing
  • Understanding & appreciation of shearing gear
  • Selecting combs & cutters
  • Setting up a hand piece
  • Setting up the shearing work area
  • Learning the basic shearing pattern and footwork
  • Learning how to properly sharpen your tools
  • Modifying the shearing pattern for different types of sheep

Students must have their own sheep shearing equipment as this is a hands-on school. Questions about equipment? Doug can help guide you. Call him at 320-583-7281.

Early Bird Special: Register by January 15th, 2024. $250 + $10 processing fee/person

After January 15th: $300 + $15 processing fee

A maximum of 12 students. 

Doug also offers private sessions. E-mail for more details on the one-on-one instruction and scheduling.


  • Pay by Card (Early Bird)

    $250 (registration) + $10 (processing fee) = $260

    Sale ended
  • Pay by Card After January 15

    $300 (registration) + $15 (processing fee) = $315

    Sold Out
  • Pay by Check

    Make checks out Doug Rathke. Mail checks to 61231 Hwy 7 W Hutchinson MN 55350. Checks must be received by the early bird date (January 15th).

    Sold Out



Share this event

bottom of page