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[FEB. 7, 2007]  URBANA -- Youth and adult students are eligible to attend the 2007 Sheep Shearing School, sponsored by University of Illinois Extension. This year's program will be April 6 and 7 at Western Illinois University's Livestock Pavilion at the Macomb campus.

"The school will be limited to 24 students," said Dick Cobb, U of I Extension sheep specialist. "Students should be over 15 and have enough size and strength to handle mature sheep. They should also have a sincere interest in sheep production and the chance to shear sheep after the school."

Individuals who previously completed the course may enroll again, Cobb added. The enrollment fee is $45, and no enrollments will be accepted without the fee.

The Illinois Lamb and Wool Producers Association is offering two $75 scholarships to the school. To be eligible, shearers must have participated in a previous Illinois Sheep Shearing School and have a sincere interest in improving their skills. Winners of the scholarship must complete both days and will be paid at the end of the school.

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Those interested in a scholarship can apply by filling out a request.

For additional information about the school and the scholarships, contact Cobb before March 25 at 217-333-7351 or Enrollments with fees will be accepted in the order they are received at Cobb's office, 1207 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801.

(Text from file received from the University of Illinois Extension)

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