— The Openherd Team

Hopeful Hills Ranch


Jane and Randy Fauskee
18563 303rd StGlenwood, MN 56334

Shearing Seminar

with Matt Best

Mom and cria basking in the sun

Mom and cria basking in the sun

                                                    Hopeful Hills Ranch
                                                        April 19, 2014
8am-10am Welcome, registration, coffee
8:30-10am Classroom lecture and discussion
10-10:15 Break
10:15-11 Finish classroom,question-answer
11-12 Hands on lab
12-12:45 Lunch
12:45 to finish(usually about 5pm) hands on lab

In the classroom we will discuss the 1st principle of effective shearing-KNOW THE EQUIPMENT. Comparison of different makes of hand pieces comb and cutter selection,basic care and maintenance, etc. We also do hands on attaching combs and cutters to the machine.We do not proceed until everyone is comfortable with the equipment. In the lab, before lunch, we will introduce the 2nd concept of effective shearing: KNOW THE PATTERN. We begin by learning the foot placement for the shearer as he moves around the alpaca during shearing. We then blend the footwork into the shearing pattern on the alpaca. After lunch we will demonstrate safe take-down (restraint) and release techniques. we then shear an animal as a demonstration. Students break into teams of 3 and rotate as shearer, head holder and sweeper until all have shorn an animal. We will then practice restraint and release as we re-shear the alpacas. This emphasizes the 3rd principle of effective shearing: KNOW THE CONTOUR. Our goal is to send everyone home confident enough to do this in their own barn.

 Please sign up before April 1st for this seminar as we expect it to fill up fast. The seminar will be limited to 12 participants for better control and more intimate teaching.Cost for this one day seminar is $250 per person and will include a manual as well as food and refreshments throughout the day. Matt Best is well known for his shearing and teaching expertise. This will be one of the most extensive seminars of its kind in the country. All equipment used in the classroom and lab will be provided. You may want to bring your own knee pads for comfort. You can register by calling Jane at 320-278-3748 or cell# 320-424-0548 or email at rjfauske@tds.net  Our address is:                          Randy and Jane Fauskee
                                                                                                                                                              30577 N Scandi Dr
                                                                                                                                                       Glenwood, MN 56334