Mid May saw a shearing course being run for students of the Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture . George Graham, the main Instructor in Ireland for the British Isles Shearing Competition Association, was aided in the instruction by world champion shearer Doug Smith from New Zealand, and Brendan Graham, who has won Junior titles in Europe.
Participating in the course were the following Level 5 students.
Francis Bradley (Moate), Gerard Brien (Aughrim), William Carroll (Clareen), Rory Doyle (Mountmellick), Cathal Flynn (Portlaoise), Patrick Guidera (Ballacolla), Charlie Killeen (Eyrecourt), Craig Knowles (Mountrath), Stephen Murray (Loughrea), James Scully (Errill) and John Walsh (Tullamore).
These eleven students reached the standard to be awarded the Blue Seal award. In addition they were awarded two credits towards their Teagasc certificates.
Other students tried their hand at shearing without progressing to the award level.
Photos show some of the action.