Please note my minimum charge of $150. My work begins with our first phone conversation or email contact and necessarily includes drive time, gas, and wear and tear on vehicles and shearing equipment. Your custom estimate will consider the entire time your job will take, including scheduling, Q&A, drive time, set up, and break down.
Since 2013, I have worked as a sheep shearer certified by the Hopland Research and Extension Center. I shear throughout the Bay Area and northern
Supporting Local Wool Economy
I shear sheep because I want to directly support the local California wool economy in a way that goes beyond buying yarn (which I am still plenty good at). I like to make wool producers’ lives easier, so that we can all enjoy a healthy supply of 100% ecologically and domestically produced fiber and, by extension, clothing.
There is a shortage of shearers in the U.S. and the world, and people with small flocks (many of whom are knitters and spinners) have an especially difficult time finding
Do you trim hooves?
Yes. I charge $5/head for this service.
Do you shear goats, llamas, and/or alpacas?
No. I am happy to recommend other, experienced shearers who shear these animals, and who have and maintain the proper gear to do so.
Do you do oral drenching (deworming)?
Yes, with caveats. I only have experience with liquid drench administered via drenching gun (oral syringe). I find this process works best and goes much faster when we can work as a team of at least two people. This enables one person to fill the drenching gun with the appropriate quantity of drench for each animal (depending on weight) and another person to administer it, which must be done carefully.
Please note that you must have all of the necessary drenching equipment (drugs/drench/wormer in sufficient quantity, drenching gun(s) in good condition) and each animal’s weight in order to formulate the proper dose. I am of the “weigh, don’t guess” school of thought: if you do not know how much your sheep weighs and have no scale to determine it, I cannot advise guessing.
As for shearing, it is generally advisable to withhold food and water for at least 12 hours prior to drenching.
Can you skirt my fleece?
Yes, and I can also teach you how to do so. I will need a skirting table or chicken wire on a frame in order to skirt properly. If such is not available, I can minimally skirt your fleece on a clean canvas that I carry with me.
Do you assist with lambing?
Yes, though I assist with post-lambing ranch needs like pen cleaning, weighing and so on more than lambing itself.