Projects and Activities:
Sheep, Goat, Llama, and Alpaca Shearing
Farmer Anne's Kind and Gentle Sheep Shearing Specializing in small hobby farm and pet flocks
Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Southern Pennsylvania, Northern North Carolina tel: 301-349-0802
2013 Shearing Season Notice
I am currently scheduling shearing dates for this spring. Please know that weekends book up very fast! I will try to accomodate everyone and combine trips to places farther afield as much as possible.
We just wanted to thank you again very much for doing such a great job shearing our alpacas! Your patience and caring nature were very obvious. We appreciated you taking the time to separate the cuts for us. We look forward to having you back again next year!
- Y. Lightfoot
Thank you so much for shearing our sheep this year. Your gentle, calm approach was appreciated not only by the flock, but by me as well.
- Dick Lahey
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
Anne has a deep affinity for animals, and genuinely cares for them. Her considerable skill with the shears is most impressive, but her compassion and concern make her invaluable.
-- D. Cissel
Can I schedule you for April? We are doing our Spring Fling again and you were a big hit!
Mary Ann Robertson,BS, CPDT-KA, ABCDT, AKC CGC Evaluator
Liberty Hill Pet Resort, Inc
My name is Anne Shroeder, AKA Farmer Anne. I am available to come and shear your sheep, alpacas, llamas, and and Angora goats within a 200 mile radius of Boyds, MD. I have attended the MD/DE Sheep Shearing School and the Light Livestock Alpaca Shearing Seminars and have over eight' of experience in shearing a wide variety of sheep breeds, Angora goats, alpacas, and llamas (as well as the occasional pony or hairy dog).
My primary concern is your animal's welfare. Shearing is an act of partnership, and I need your assistance to make it a positive experience for everyone. I keep my equipment clean and disinfected, and try very hard not to nick the animals during the shearing process. I do expect you to be ready for me with dry animals penned in, on empty stomachs and in a clean environment (e.g. no bedding or straw).
I do flocks of 1 to 100 animals. If you have very few animals, I will schedule visits to neighboring farms the same day to minimize the travel costs I charge.
I am happy to provide references to you from the happy animals (and their owners) for whom I've sheared.
I enjoy doing demonstrations, sharing my love of the craft of shearing. If you have an event for which you need a demonstration, please contact me early in the season with the date of your event.
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As the years pass, so do animals. I would like to dedicate this season of shearing to the memory of the dear animals I've sheared who have passed on but are still remembered:
Oscar, Claude, Jacob, Willy, Tilly, Perry, Brownie, Grandma, Karen's dear lambs, Sheila, Trixie, Henry, Mary, Venus, Brambles, Blackberry, Mario, Noddy, Winken, Blinken, and many others. Their lives are always too short, but they bring us light.