Scheduling now for 2018

I am currently scheduling shearing for spring of 2018.  If you are a new client, please make sure to fill out my request form!

For sheep:  if you are expecting to lamb, please try to schedule shearing at least 3 weeks prior to lambing; otherwise please allow at least 8 weeks after lambing to schedule your shearing date.  Primitive breeds such as Shetlands, Icelandics, and Jacobs should be scheduled for late May/early June.

For goats, alpacas, and llamas: the weather can be unpredictable in the early part of spring, so please consider that and your barn facilities/ability to protect the animals from the elements when looking at shearing dates.

For horses requiring spring clipping: Please make sure you have a turnout sheet and/or a lightweight blanket for those unexpected cold spring nights.

Weekends

Weekends book up very fast and the desirable dates are very few.  This coming season, I’ll be requiring a deposit for weekend bookings.  Please try to be flexible in scheduling on a weekday. Remember:  this is a once a year event that is critical to the health of your animal.  Please make time for it.

Rain and Bad Weather

Rescheduling due to weather (whether it’s too hot, too cold, or raining) will result in a later make-up date for your farm – in most cases, June.  I encourage all farmers to be prepared for shearing on their date no matter the weather.  Obtain inexpensive dog or calf or foal blankets in the event of cold, have fans and good ventilation for animals in barns for hot weather, and please read my article on shearing and rain to come up with ideas for coping with wet weather.

The spring is very hectic for all shearers, with days often starting at 7 am and ending at 10 or 11 pm.  Most of us set up scheduling during the winter and are fully booked come March, but we do our best to fit in new requests as we can.  If you contact me during these months, please allow at least 24-48 hours for a response. Returning phone calls is very difficult during this time because I’m working, driving, or it’s too late too call anyone.  Please try to text or email for a much faster response.

Request a shearing appointment!

4 comments on “Scheduling now for 2018

  1. Bluebird Gap Farm is a farm-themed city park in Hampton, Va. We have 2 alpacas, 2 llamas, and 6 sheep that are in need of shearing and I’m curious if you will be available in the next couple of weeks. I would be looking to shear them sometime between May 20 – 23 or 27-31. I understand that your weekends are filled up but are you available during the week? Thank you in advance.

    Josh Froneberger
    Farm Foreman
    Bluebird Gap Farm
    60 Pine Chapel Road
    Hampton, VA 23666
    Office: 757-825-4750
    Fax: 757-825-4739
    bluebird@hampton.gov
    http://www.hampton.gov/bbgf

  2. We have ten alpacas. We live just outside of Parsons, WV. Could we possibly get you to shear them for us. You were highly recommended by David Moran. You could shear at our place any day or anytime. Could you please let me know if this is possible. Thank you very much.
    Connie Eye
    Phone–304-478-3045

  3. I have 3 llamas to shear….any day usually is good for us….contact me to discuss price and appt. schedule….724 815 1974 or 724 588 3780

    Address:
    639 Kennard Atlantic Road
    Greenville, PA 16125

  4. I met you at a seminar I gave a year or so ago. You sheared for a client of mine, Tamara, and
    she highly recommended you.
    I have 5 alpacas and 5 sheep that need shearing as well as one from a client.
    We are very flexible as far as timing–pretty much whatever suits you.
    Are you booked or do you think you would be able to shear them?
    Thanks,
    Gail Campbell, Ameripaca
    I am located in West River, Md.

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