Continuing Education

Upcoming Trainings and Continuing Education Units


Shearing Workshop

March 17, 18 and 19, 2017


Join Franc Winkley, professional shearer from Premium Harvest Shearing, State of Washington, and learn not just unique shearing techniques but also equipment, proper animal handling, fiber collection, sharpening your blades and much, much more!


Meat Processing Certificate

Lamb and Goat: May 22 - 26, 2017
Pork and Fresh Sausages: May 29 - June 2, 2017
Beef Slaughter and Processing: June 12 – 21, 2017
HACCP 2-Day: June 22 - 23, 2017

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The Meat Processing Certification is an intensive hands-on, four-part training program designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to enter employment in the meat processing industry. The program consists of specialized training in the accuracy of cutting, knife handling, portion control, merchandising and the utilization of all products. Hands-on training in animal slaughter, primal fabrication, retail cutting, valued added products (sausage), wrapping and storage of finished product. Safety, sanitation, and HACCP will be included. Choose one or all four. 


Basic Fiber, Sorting & Grading Class

August 4, 2017


Workshop content will be focused on the practicality and benefits of proper fiber preparation at the farm level prior to processing. The class will help producers overcome the intimidating task of sorting and grading fleeces on the way toward higher yield and higher revenues. The best and most profitable utilization for each grade of fiber will be highlighted and instructor Labrecque will teach participants how to design and use their own grading/sorting reference kits.


Advanced Sorting & Grading Workshop

Followed by Regional Sort

August 5 - 7th, 2017


This workshop is geared toward the individual who wants more in-depth education. After a quick review or the Basic workshop information the mornings will e more didactic and the afternoons are hands-on with the instructors giving immediate feedback on what you are seeing in fiber.

Students will have the opportunity to examine alpaca and wool plus other fiber types that are available.

This is a fast-paced, supportive learning environment with individual attention for each student.

This workshop will have a regional sort immediately following the class. All students are encouraged to participate and to get the experience immediately.




If there is a class you are interested in

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  • Professional and Continuing Education (PACE)
  • Knapp Hall Room 143
  • Cobleskill, NY 12043
  • 518-255-5528
  • 518-255-5258 Fax

  • Office Hours:
  • Monday-Friday
  • 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Closed 12-1 pm


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