Join the California Wool Growers Association to watch how sheep are sheared, the first step in the journey of making an American wool product. The first step in processing wool is collecting it from the animal, both for the welfare of the sheep and to gather the wool for use. A skillful shearer uses electric clippers, taking long, smooth strokes close to the skin in order to preserve the length of the fiber. Wool is grown naturally, unlike petroleum-based fibers that are created in a lab. Sheep grow their coat, or “fleece”, year-round with the help of fresh air, water and grass. After they are shorn in the spring, the sheep head back out to pasture to grow their next fleece.
11am-11:30am, UC Davis Health Stage