Why Shear ?
As a fibre animal alpacas need to be sheared regularly. Shearing has the following benefits: it improves the welfare of the animal by avoiding overheating, reduces chances of flystrike, allows better assessment of overall condition (eg body scoring), allows inspection of the skin condition and possible parasite eg mite infestation and allows more effective treatment if required.
Shearing in the correct weather conditions is important to avoid distress/discomfort from sudden changes in temperature; Shearing in cold,changeable weather and/or rain can cause hypothermia; animals and weather should be monitored closely. Consider the effects of wind chill on a shorn alpaca esp if also wet.
Suitable indoor facilities, bedding and coats should be on hand if required. Any cuts incurred from shearing should be appropriately treated and kept under observation incase of infection or flystrike.
When shearing - your animals should be kept as stress free as possible. Appropriate penning, power facilities, lighting and shelters will make the shearing experience better for both you and your animals.
You should ensure your shearer observes good biosecurity procedures including disinfecting tools and equipment.
Please note: The British Alpaca Society does not Endorse or Approve any shearers – This list is provided solely to assist members who may have difficulty in finding/contacting shearers and does not imply any specific level of competence.
Please contact us if you know of any shearers who are not on the list or if you believe any of the details are incorrect.
List of shearers
Adam Riley (Countrywide)
Ben Wheeler (Countrywide)
Mobile: 07770 375300
Bob Shaw (UK and Europe)
Mobile: 07889 053826
Bravo International Alpaca Shearing
Mobile: 07597 703492
Colin Ottery (S.W. England)
Mobile: 07773 440354
David & Moragh Harrison (UK)
Tel: 01983 555080 or 07734 830325
Dave Thomas - Based in Carmarthen (shears at weekends but will travel as far as Gloucestershire)
Mobile: 07881 696310
Flis Proctor ( England)
Garry Naish (Countrywide)
Mobile: 07785 116211
Ian Horner (South & South West)
Tel: 01963 351743 or Mobile: 07974 314211
Tel:01296 290664 Mobile: 07970 692550
James Hamilton (Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire. Wiltshire, Avon Somerset, Dorest, Devon, West Midlands)
Will consider other areas.
Tel:01242 506500 Mobile:07540 621042
John and Jackie Waugh
Tel: 01434 240267 Mobile: 07714 462424
Kevin Howe & Fiona Harrison (Scotland)
Kevin Hamstra (available in the UK until March 2016)
Mrs R, Mr C and S Aylott (Dorset)
Tel: 01258 817639
Mrs Koryniaka (England)
Tel:07969 632404 or Mobile: 07881 987986
Mike Banks (Runs a few crews countrywide)
Mobile: 07906 667454
Ondrej (Andrew) Janicek
Tel: 01884 243579
Richard Barnaby (UK, France & Italy)
Tel: 01763 242724 Mobile: 07942859661
Sandra Muriel (Devon and surrounding areas)
Steve Doughty (around Boston, Lincolnshire)
Tel: 01205 280276 Mobile: 07823 332008
Susie Parish (South of England and France)
Mobile: 07767 765646
Trevor Gellatly (Countrywide)
Tel: (00) 11 61 894 081 062 (Australia)
Mobile: 07 500 544 596
Tony Neaves (South East England)
Mobile: 07814 519990
Richard & Leigh Woods (East Midlands. Notts/Derbys/Leics + other areas considered)
Tel: 01332 792276 Mobile:07812 103518
Jonathan Waters (North of England)
Wayne Jones ( Northamptonshire/Oxfordshire/Warwickshire)