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Maryland Sheep Breeders host Shearing School

The Maryland Sheep Breeders Association Inc. hosted Sheep Shearing School on Friday at the Ridgely Thompson Farm in Westminster.

"This is one of the oldest shearing schools in the nation," said Aaron Geiman, agriscience teacher at North Carroll High School and shearing school director.

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The workshop was taught by Geiman and professional shearer Emily Chamelin-Hickman

The school was open to anyone who wanted to learn to shear sheep. Fifteen participants were accepted out of 30 applicants.

"The goal is to teach owners and aspiring shearers how to handle and shear the sheep, handle and care for the wool and maintain their equipment properly," Geiman said.

Class members learned the New Zealand method of shearing sheep, how to adjust and care for hand-held shearing machines and how to set and adjust shearing machine blades.

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