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With spring setting in, thoughts amongst some sheep farmers will be turning to shearing. The College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Co. Antrim have once again produced an extensive programme of shearing courses in Northern Ireland.

Shearing is a demanding task but with the right training from the start, it makes the job much easier and reduces the time involved by becoming an efficient shearer.

Colin MacGregor shearing manager for the British Wool Marketing Board says “CAFRE have delivered excellent training for shearers over the years. Working with our instructors they have increased the quality of shearing throughout the country. This is in no small way due to the focus and strong beliefs of our instructors towards shearing and the wool industry in general.”

“Although there is a fee payable of £126/course this year, there’s already been a high demand for course places” said Mr MacGregor.

Anyone wishing to attend one of this year’s courses should contact CAFRE through their website The closing date for applicants is Tuesday 19th May. Early registration is advised as the number of places on each course is limited.

Courses will be held across eight different locations on the following dates

• Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 June – Castlederg

• Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June – Claudy

• Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 June – Saintfield

• Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 June – Claudy

• Friday 12 and Saturday 13 June – Draperstown

• Friday 12 and Saturday 13 June – Maguiresbridge

• Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 June – Kilcoo

• Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 June – Ballymena

• Friday 26 and Saturday 27 June - Ballycastle

Anyone interested in YFC shearing courses and advanced shearing courses should contact the British Wool Marketing Board through their website



Shearing instructor and student on one of BWMB’s shearing courses


For further information

On CAFRE shearing courses contact

Kevin O’Donnell on 028 9442 6631 or Kevin.o’

On BWMB please contact

Gareth Jones, BWMB’s Producer Communications Manager

on 07590 355885 or


Lauren Boulton, BWMB’s Producer Communications Assistant

on 01274 688666 or

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