Shearing grant applications due Jan. 1

Students from New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences bring animals to AG Day each year to interact with attendees. The 2023 AG Day is from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at NMSU. AG Day is a free, educational event that features family-friendly activities leading up to the Aggie football game at 4 p.m. (Photo courtesy New Mexico Department of Agriculture.)

Continuing a program that has proven successful in recent years, the American Sheep Industry Association will once again offer grants to developing shearers. Experienced shearers are also eligible to apply for mentoring grants. But time is running out to apply, as applications are due Jan. 1.

Due to the growing demand for shearers in the United States, the ASI Wool Council has chosen to continue offering the grant program to develop new shearers. The program will help support developing shearers with a $1,500 grant—$500 up front and $1,000 when they’ve completed program requirements—as they increase the quality of their shearing and their ability to shear additional sheep per day, thus working to build their income and longevity in the industry.

Mentor shearers can apply for a $1,500 grant—payable once program requirements have been met—to incentivize their ability to assist up-and-coming shearers involved in the grant.

Applications are due by Jan. 1, 2024.

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