Preparation

What we need from you to insure a smooth, stress free experience.

1.  It is crucial that the animals be DRY on shearing day, so please take any precautions necessary to keep them covered in the event of rain prior to or on your shearing day.
2.  It is also VERY important that the animals be penned and preferably haltered near the shearing area.  It is not our responsibility to wrangle loose animals, as we are there solely to shear, and wrangling not only takes more time, but the chances of injury to me and my crew are high as well.  It is much easier for you, as well as less stressful on the animals to simply lure them into a pen using grain or other treats prior to our arrival, that way, we can make the experience as smooth and stress-free as possible.
3.  There should be AT LEAST two able-bodied helpers to assist with collecting fiber and bringing animals in and away from the shearing area.  I emphasize the words  “AT LEAST” because in cases where farms have 20 or more animals, breeders may want to provide more than two helpers.  These additional helpers can be used for several jobs during shearing, including assisting with hobbles and running ropes, putting down animals, trimming toenails, administering shots,and cleaning off the mats in-between animals.
4.  Breeders are responsible for providing bags to collect fiber.  Depending on how you separate your fiber, you may need as many as three bags per animal–one for the blanket, one for the neck, and one for the legs, belly, and brisket.  If these bags are labelled prior to shearing, this saves a lot of time and confusion for the person collecting the fiber.
5.  Breeders should also provide drinks and some snacks(on smaller jobs), and lunch at the jobs that last all day.  My crew and I have no food allergies, and we are the least picky eaters you will find, so we are easy.
6.  The shearing area needs to be, at the least, a 12ft by 12ft area of solid flat ground.  We will need two stable points from which to tie off of, these can be a post, an eyelet screwed into the wall, or even the wheel of a tractor or car.  Each farm is different, and much of our job is to adapt and adjust to each farms’ setup, and no matter what, we will make it work.
7.  If there are any shots or immunizations to be performed, those should be ready to administer and near the shearing area.
8.  Communicating clearly, both prior to and on shearing day, ensures each individual breeder is getting exactly what they ask for without feeling pressured or rushed.

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If these few things are done on the breeders’ part, we are sure to have a pleasant shearing day.  Please call if you have any questions.  Call or TXT (505) 435-8367

alpaca shearing preparation