About

About the Team

Shearer: Farmer Anne

anne--alpacasI have been shearing since 2004, and fell in love with the craft right away.  I shear sheep, angora and pygora goats, alpacas, and llamas (and clip the occasional pony if asked!).   I believe in a gentle, and low-impact approach to shearing so that both owners and animals do not suffer stress. When I come to your farm, my primary concern is your animals’ welfare and a clean and painless harvesting of their fiber.  Read more about my qualifications.

 

Assistants

I select my assistants based on their abilities as well as their gentle attitude towards animals.  My assistants will always put your animals’ welfare first.  You may see a different helper depending on the date and location.  My current helpers are Clay, Katherine and Dave and I am adding to the team in the 2017 season.

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About Shearing

Shearing is an act of partnership, and I need your assistance to make it a positive experience for everyone. I keep my equipment clean and disinfected, and try very hard not to nick the animals during the shearing process. However, I bring a full first aid kit in the event that anyone (me, included) gets nicked.  I ask you to be ready for shearing, with animals penned in on empty stomachs in a clean environment.

I do not recommend administering shots or worm medicine at the same time that an animal is sheared. Shearing is a stressful experience, and the adrenaline in the system can either negate the value of the vaccine, and/or cause unwanted reactions in the animal. I have witnessed extremely negative results of de-worming anemic animals at shearing time, including death.

Clients

I shear for fiber, hobby, pet flocks, animal sanctuaries, educational and governmental institutions as well as production flocks. My clients include the George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Child Help, The Maryland Zoo at Baltimore, and Oxon Hill Farm.  I offer educational demonstrations upon request.

Flock sizes that I shear vary from 1 to 100. If you are in my travel area, I will come out even if you have only one or two animals.

References

I am happy to provide references to you from the happy animals (and their owners) for whom I’ve sheared.

If I do not serve your area, or am unavailable to help you, please check with the American Sheep Industry Association’s online shearers database.