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May 14, 2014

Sheep Shearing Festival at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

OTTAWA, May 14, 2014 – With a warm Summer hopefully just around the corner, it’s time for the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum’s (CAFM) sheep to get shorn, so they can be more comfortable for the warmer months, while providing useful wool to make warm clothes for humans.

Come visit us next week-end May 17 to 19 to see a professional sheep shearer harvest the wool from the CAFM’s sheep. Learn more about what happens to the fleece after it has been shorn off the sheep: carded, spun, woven, knitted or transformed into felt. You can try your own hand at carding wool or making felt and learn finger-knitting.

The CAFM’s sheep will be sharing the spotlight with other animals over the week-end. Discover the alpacas which are also raised for their wool, especially in South America. You can also see if you can spot the differences between sheep and an angora goat. If you love dogs, you’ll be fascinated by the sheepdog agility contests and sheep herding demonstrations starring man’s best friend.

For a detailed schedule of all the fun activities planned at the CAFM for this year’s Sheep Shearing Festival, please visit



Olivier Bouffard
Media relations

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