Shearing Services

Frisky Lamb Farm offers sheep shearing.  We shear only sheep.  No goats, llamas, or alpacas.  We limit our shearing geographically to within an hour's drive of the farm, and specialize in smaller flocks.  We schedule flocks in geographical clusters to reduce driving time and fuel charges.  Call early in the season because our schedule fills up fast.  We generally shear only on weekends.  Our shearer uses the New Zealand method of shearing.

Open the attachment below for our full fee schedule.  We have a set-up charge of  $80, which includes shearing the first 7 head.

How to prepare for shearing day:
  • Make sure the sheep are penned up in a crowded pen before the shearer arrives.  This makes for easy catching.  This is very important even if your sheep are in the habit of running up to you whenever you enter their pasture.  Within seconds after the shearer arrives, the sheep perceive that something is afoot.  The shearer cannot chase sheep; he has to conserve his energy for shearing.  Crowding the sheep also warms them up so that the wool grease is softer, thus allowing the comb to penetrate the fleece more easily.
  • Sheep must be absolutely dry for shearing.  Even damp sheep should not be shorn.  Keep your flock in a shelter or barn if rain is forecast within 24 hours before shearing.
  • Having your own shearing board makes for better hygiene.  The shearer carries one in his truck in case you don't have one, but his has been used on many farms and it is much better to have your own.  A sheet of plywood 4' x 6' will do.
  • Place the shearing board adjacent to the gate of your crowded pen.  Dragging reluctant sheep even 10 feet is exhausting.
  • The shearing board must be perfectly level.  Otherwise the flipped sheep works its way downhill and away from the shearing machine.
  • Have a broom ready to sweep off the shearing board after each sheep.  This is necessary to keep fleeces clean and to remove wool and manure from the board, both of which make footing difficult for the shearer.
  • Have helpers available to bring the sheep to the shearing board, to collect and bag the fleeces, and to sweep off the shearing board.  Shearing will go much faster and will be less exhausting for all.  And it's fun to work as a crew.
  • Good lighting is needed if shearing in a barn, especially for colored sheep.
  • Electricity is needed to power the shearing machine.
  • If you plan to keep your fleeces, have plastic bags ready.  After bagging fleeces, do not close the plastic bags but leave them open so the humidity in the fleeces can escape.  Punch holes in the bag with a screwdriver.  Fleeces should be stored in a dry place with the bag open.
  • If you plan to discard your fleeces, the shearer may be willing to take them off your hands.
  • Keep all dogs out of sight of the sheep.
Good preparation and good conditions make the challenging work of shearing enjoyable for the humans and less stressful for the sheep.
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Jerry Schwartz,
Apr 8, 2017, 4:13 PM
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