Kristen, the other girl at the shearing class, and myself got in the newspaper! None of the four guys did. I feel a bit bad for them.
One thing I don't like about newspapers is they always have a way of changing the story. I told the news reporter that I've had sheep for 9 or 10 years and hired a shearer for the first few years. His max flock was 15 and my flock out grew the shearer's max and then he quite. I learned to shear with blades with the sheep in a stand or standing tied next to a fence. I was taking the class to learn how to sharpen blades (I had a horrible time finding anyone who could even get a start of an edge on them and did not know how to do it my self) as he mentioned, and also to learn the pattern.