In order for the shearer to do an efficient job, the sheep owner must prepare and put certain things in order.
Sheep. 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.
Shearing Site. 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 piece of ply wood ( 4 x 6 or larger). Power and board should be set up prior to our arrival. If power cannot be made available we’d need to know ahead of time. It is possible to shear with a battery and inverter, but there are not automatically available and arrangements must be made.
Feed. The sheep should be held off food and water for a minimum of 12 hours prior to shearing. If we are shearing for you in the morning, do not feed the night before. 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. 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 or provide a helper.