Instructor Trevor Hollenback giving a shearing demonstration to students: Sheep Shearing School May 2019.

Trevor has been a shearing instructor for the University of California’s shearing school held at the Hopland Research and Extension Center since 2016. Based on techniques he acquired during formal training and employment as a shearer in New Zealand, Australia, and Europe, he focuses on teaching students how to limit stress to both the sheep and shearer. While enrolling in a course taught by him is generally the best way to learn, private instruction is also available.

NOTE: 2020 UC HREC Courses Have Been Cancelled Due to the Wuhan Coronavirus, but private instruction is always available! Please contact me for more information.

Please check back later for more information on 2021 Shearing courses at the University of California Hopland Research and Extension Center.

Sheep Shearing and Basic Care 101
Held at the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center in Hopland, California.

March 29th – April 4th 2020 (click here for info)
May 3rd – May 9th 2020 (click here for info)

If you are unable to apply for the courses above due to the application period being closed, please email me at to inquire about possible openings in the course.