Learn How to Shear Sheep Course at Kate Humble's Farm Humble By Nature

Course Agenda

Arrive for tea, coffee and a tasty bite to start the day
Getting to know the basics

This first short session in the classroom will familiarise you with the basic technique of shearing, why and when you should be doing it.

Getting hands on

Watch Farmer Tim demonstrate how to shear and then roll the fleece. He’ll share his tips of the trade and show you how to avoiding cutting the sheep and injuring yourself. Then it’s your turn, but don’t worry Tim will be on hand to give you all the help and advice you need.


Shearing is hungry & thirsty work! We’ll eat a hearty home-made lunch in the barn. This is a lovely opportunity to discuss technique, get to know your fellow course members and enjoy some great local food.

Practice makes perfect!

You’ll spend the rest of the afternoon perfecting your technique. If you’ve got sheep at home, you’ll be ready to take the plunge and do them yourself by the end of the day.

Course closes

We’ll finish the day with a cup of tea, some well deserved treats and the opportunity to ask any further questions.

Learn How to Shear Sheep

Saturday 26th May 2018
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Saturday 2nd Jun 2018
Last few
Saturday 16th Jun 2018
Sunday 24th Jun 2018

Shearing is an important part of sheep husbandry and crucial to their welfare. 

Join Humble by Nature farmer and award-winning shearer Tim Stephens who will demonstrate the art of shearing sheep and then help you shear a sheep yourself. He'll explain why and when sheep need to be sheared and how to use both hand clippers and electric shears. He'll also explain how to roll and store the wool to keep it in prime condition for you to sell on or use yourself.

This will be a fun, physical day on the farm and is for anyone, whether they have sheep or not, who has always wanted to have a straightforward, practical guide to the art of shearing.

Tim Stephens Farmer and smallholding tutor at Humble by Nature catching a sheep

Our farmer Tim grew up on a farm and has been farming all his life. Originally from Blaina in the Welsh Valleys, with his wife Sarah (who works in a nearby veterinary surgery) Tim now runs the Humble by Nature farm just outside Monmouth.

What to bring and other essential info

This is a hands-on course so bring clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty!


You will probably smell a bit 'sheepy' by the end of the day. You might want to bring some clean clothes to change into for your journey home.


Shearing is a physical activity and may be unsuitable if you have back problems and during pregnancy.

Reviews & Tweets about this course

We just wanted to let you know we had such an amazing time: staying on the farm in the Humble Hideaway, and doing the sheep shearing course this past Saturday. Tim is an amazing instructor!

 Most people would probably not describe this course as relaxing, but it was, it was informative and rewarding. As Tim said you do get to see the fruits of your labour! 
Claire & Jonny

Thank you for a great workshop. Hope to shear more Jacobs next year.


Once again, a wonderful experience. Thank you very much.


Very helpful. Enjoyed the day.


Thank you very much Farmer Tim and Joe for having endless patience whilst teaching me (and others) how to shear sheep yesterday. You both worked so hard so that we could all experience getting a fleece off. Food and snacks were yummy.


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