BEFORE YOU SHEAR
Things to Note Before You Book
Have everything set up before we arrive: animals caught, board laid out, electricity run etc. If you have questions about which area will be best for our shearing station, you are welcome to text or email pictures of the possibilities and we will let you know.
The sheep must be must be caught and put in a small pen the night before.
We don’t want to wait while you try to catch sheep out in the field and we will not chase
your sheep or catch them for you. If we arrive and the sheep are not penned and we have
to do this work for you there will be an additional charge of $75 per hour. If the sheep
are unable to be caught we will still expect to be paid our minimum fee for showing up.
If you do not already have a small pen set up, you will need to start preparing for
shearing a few weeks ahead by building a small pen and training the sheep to enter it with
feed in the evenings. A small pen or corral means that the sheep are closely packed
together and cannot run from the shearer when they are being caught. A pen that is too
large causes stress to the sheep as they will run around and over heat easily.
The pen should be near power and also near a flat shaded spot to set up
the shearing equipment and work. Shearing is brutal work and we will not shear in the
sun. We will need a three prong power source via generator or extension cord to power
gear and a 4 x 8 piece of ply wood. Power and board should be set up prior to our
arrival. If power cannot be made available we need to know ahead of time. We do have
our own generator but do not always travel with it.
The sheep should be held off food and water the night before and the morning prior
to shearing. For pregnant ewes, just that morning. A full belly makes it difficult for the
sheep to breath while they are in the shearing positions and they will fight and struggle as
they try to breathe, this is very stressful for them and slows down the shearing process for
all of us.
Wool handling is not part of our service unless requested for additional fee. Be
prepared with a helper to clear wool from the shearing board after each sheep and have a
rake or broom on hand to help with this process. If you plan to keep your wool, please
have large extra strength contractor bags or similar on hand for bagging your wool and
please expect to help with this process, pay one of my daughters to assist, or provide a