We are currently scheduling for the 2021 shearing season!
We are only shearing alpacas and llamas, no sheep at this time. We are equipped to trim teeth (toothamatic & a dremel) and toenails while we have them caught, as well as help with any shots.
Our prices cover scheduling, our transportation, our time, and a two to three person crew and filling in the gaps that are necessary on shearing day.
We also will provide the fiber bags and helpers to gather your fleeces from the animals.
We do not charge a mileage fee FOR FARMS WITHIN 30 MILES of our own Ranch in Viola. However, we do charge a farm setup fee to cover our gas and travel time.
SEE PRICING BELOW....
includes our helpers, fiber bags, and toenails
within 30 miles of Viola. Additional $0.50/mile after that to cover our time and gas for traveling
it takes away from our shearing time if we have to help catch your animals. So, please have them caught/corralled prior to us arriving
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First and foremost, we appreciate happy help on shearing day. If there is something we can do to make you happier, let us know. We strive to make your day as happy and easy going as possible.
Our children are part of our shearing crew and we work hard to help with cheerful attitudes.
Having extra help lined up in advance is also beneficial to making this day less stressful for all!
Any food or water provided for us and our helpers, is greatly appreciated!
We need a clean working area to shear that is well lit. It could be inside or outside, PREFERABLY a shaded area. We bring our shearing table to make things easier on everyone.
As mentioned above, lighting is beneficial and necessary for the shearing process. A source of electricity is also needed to power our clippers; we carry 50' of extension cords with us.
The cleaner the shearing area, the cleaner your fleeces will be!
If you have any extra old towels handy, they work great for sopping up pee or keeping the alpacas faces covered during shearing.
That helps them stay much calmer!
We bring three clear trash bags for each alpaca (BLANKET, NECK, LEG/BELLY). If you want to use your own, that is fine. Just make sure to have them ready!
Prepare three labels for each alpaca and mark them with the alpacas’ name, year, and a 1, 2, or 3.
Higher-end alpacas may also require you to “noodle” the fiber blanket, so research this further if you want to have special samplings and testing done on show alpacas.
If you have higher quality alpacas, have one small Ziplock bag ready to collect samples for fiber testing. You’ll want these marked with the alpacas’ name and ready to go.
Anything that can be done in advance before we get there, makes everything go much faster!
Have your animals ready! PLEASE!
We ask that at a minimum they be penned up in a small catch pen before we arrive. You can go ahead and get a few haltered and cleaned prior to our arrival. If they have husbandry needs (toes trimmed, shots, teeth floated) one can do these in advance or we can do things for you during the process.
If we have to help catch animals out in the pasture, we will need to charge an extra $50 for our time.
On halters, blown out/cleaned, and ready to go is ideal!
Since we raise alpacas and shear our own, we understand the importance of doing a good job!
We take our time and are not as fast as some of the bigger shearing companies out there.
We are not looking to make a huge profit, but, we do need to make it worth our while and help out fellow alpaca owners.
We try to minimize the amount of 2nds and wasted fibers, getting you as much usable fleece as possible!
Currently scheduling for Fridays & Saturdays, plus weekday evenings.
You will be invoiced at the end of the shearing, payable by cash, check, or card ( + 2.5% fee)
Check out this great video we took of shearing last year. As you can see, it's all hands on deck