I'm a full-time sheep shearer and have more than 15 years professional experience.
I grew up on a family farm in Western Massachusetts.
For as long as I can remember, I've loved raising, caring for, and spending time with sheep and those who have sheep.
I sheared my first sheep when I was 11 years old, and was hooked immediately.
Six years later I attended shearing school for the first time. I knew then that what I most wanted was to pursue a career in sheep shearing.
With the exception of the years I spent at college earning my degree in Business Management, I have been a full-time sheep shearer ever since.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
I've spent my entire life working with sheep, and more than half my life training and working as a professional shearer.
I have sheared and trained overseas in such amazing sheep countries as New Zealand, Australia, and Wales.
In New Zealand, I spent several months working for Motu Tua - a shearing contractor who employs as many as 35 shearers at a time. While there, I met a contractor from Wales, Alfie Griffiths., and worked for him for two summers.
In Australia, I worked and trained with Aidan Copp. Aidan is the current (and two-time) sheep shearing world record holder.
PROFESSIONAL LIFE & COMMITMENTS
Several times a year (2020 being an exception), I offer shearing demonstrations at various educational events, fundraisers, fairs, and festivals (e.g., Shearing Day at Stone Barns Farms and the Stamford Museum and Nature Center). Currently, I serve as the vendor co-chair for the Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair in Cummington Massachusetts.
My brother Nathan and I run our family farm (Busy Corner), and raise Dorset and Tunis sheep. But shearing for others is how I earn my living.
Last year, I sheared more than 14,000 sheep, visiting almost 500 farms.
I am passionate about what I do - about working with sheep, and about working with those who take on the hard work of raising these incredible animals. I take seriously my commitments to quality shearing, careful handling, and reliable service.
I'm happy to work with all shepherds - regardless the size of their flock (1 to 3000), or purpose for raising and caring for sheep (whether for meat, for wool, or just for fun).
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