Printer Friendly and PDF

Introduction to Sheep Shearing - College Certificate

Course Level: 

College Certificate

Overview of the course: 

Farming and Agriculture has been a major part of Bob Shaw’s working life. As Agriculture Lecturer here at Houghall he enjoys working in many different aspects of agriculture using farming methods both traditional and modern. With a keen interest in the countryside and environmental issues Bob has taken on roles within various committees including Secretary and Founder Member of Lakeland Shearers which is the biggest one day shearing competition in UK and also Founder Member and Chairman of the National Alpaca Shearers Association. Bob thoroughly enjoys teaching the next generation of Farmers and we are delighted to announce a range of new agricultural short courses including, lambing, sheep shearing, sheep dog training and small holders course.

Entry requirements: 

No entry requirements


Bob has 30 years experience as a shearer using the Godfrey Bowen method of shearing using Lister shearing equipment. Each learner will learn at different stages so individual tuition with be paramount with all levels catered for. You will cover equipment and how to sharpen and gain practical experience by carrying out clean welfare friendly shearing rather than going for speed and aftercare.

You need to be comfortable to shear sheep, ideally you will wear shearing jeans, singlet or vest and/or t-shirt, shearing moccasins or training shoes.

How is the course assessed?: 

No assessment

Length of the course: 

1 full day 10.00 am to 4.00 pm


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

Sessions are running on
Saturday 2nd June 2018
Saturday 9th June 2018
Saturday 16th June 2018

More important information about this course:


£120 per person
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (22 Jun 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

The following information comes from Career Explorer, an online tool designed to help you research your education and career options. Here you will find information on jobs right here in the region, including links to actual job vacancies, potential earnings and our courses that can help you achieve an outstanding future. Click here to explore Career Explorer further..

How to apply: 

To apply online for this course, please click on the 'Apply for this course' button below.

Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

Apply Now