Davin Perrin picked up his second consecutive (fourth overall) national championship in the professional division at the 2020 Black Hills Stock Show National Sheep Shearing Championships on Thursday in Rapid City, S.D.
Finishes in the professional division looked similar to a year ago, as Perrin edged Alex Moser and Nolan Abel took third – just the way they finished in 2019. The only difference was Emily Chamelin-Hickman grabbed the fourth spot.
The national championships were part of Sheep Day at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo. The day also included a working dog competition, lamb tastings and educational outreach for the American sheep industry.
The South Dakota Sheep Growers Association took time during the day to recognize Sheep Extension Field Specialist Dave Ollila with a custom rifle, as he plans to officially retire from the position on Feb. 21. While he’ll continue to be involved in the state’s sheep industry, his absence from the extension office will be felt statewide.
Several shearing schools have announced dates for the coming season.
In addition to learning to shear in a hands-on manner, the schools offer teaching on equipment, animal welfare and staying in shape for the physically demanding task. Equipment is usually supplied, but students are encouraged to bring any equipment they have, as well.
These schools offer training for a wide variety of students – from hobby farmers looking to shear their own flocks to those with aspirations of shearing professionally. For more information, contact organizers of the school directly.
Missouri Shearing School – March 4-5 at Lincoln University’s Carver Farm in Jefferson City, Mo. Email Erin Brindisi at email@example.com
or call 573-681-5859.
Indiana Sheep Association Shearing School – March 7 at Purdue University. Visit www.indianasheep.com
Tennessee Shearing School – Mid-April at the Tennessee Livestock Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Email Mark Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 615-519-7796.