Specializing in small hobby farm, fiber, and pet flocks: sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas
Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Delaware
People call me Farmer Anne, though my real name is Anne Shroeder. I am available to come and shear your sheep, Angora goats, llamas and alpacas within a 100 mile radius of Boyds, MD. I have attended the MD/DE Sheep Shearing School and the Light Livestock Alpaca Shearing Seminar in New York, and sheep shearing masterclass with New Zealand shearer John Bradfield. I have eight years’ of experience in shearing professionally and shear at over 150 farms in the mid-Atlantic region annually.
I have run Star Gazing Farm since 2002 and am keenly interested in animal care. When I come to your farm, my primary concern is your animals’ welfare and a clean and painless harvesting of their fiber.
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. However, I bring a full first aid kit in the event that anyone (me, included) gets nicked. I ask you to be ready for shearing, with animals penned in on empty stomachs in a clean environment.
I do not recommend administering shots or worm medicine at the same time that an animal is sheared. Shearing is a stressful experience, and the adrenaline in the system can either negate the value of the vaccine, and/or cause unwanted reactions in the animal. I have witnessed extremely negative results of de-worming anemic animals at shearing time, including death.
I shear primarily for fiber, hobby, and pet flocks, animal sanctuaries, as well as educational institutions. My clients include the George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Child Help, Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center, Lost and Found Horse Rescue Foundation, and Oxon Hill Farm. I offer educational demonstrations upon request.
Flock sizes that I shear vary from 1 to 100. If you are in my travel area, I will come out even if you have only one or two animals.
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
But 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
I am happy to provide references to you from the happy animals (and their owners) for whom I’ve sheared.
If I do not serve your area, or am unavailable to help you, please check with the American Sheep Industry Association’s online shearers database.
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