May 23, 2017

Small Business Photos: Hyer Wools and Rio Milagro Farms

I am quickly finding a love for working with small businesses to provide action and behind the scenes shots for them to use on social media, blogging, websites, and marketing! Being able to be up close to the action and passion that goes into these small businesses is inspiring and amazing. It makes me want to do what they’re doing every time!

I had the chance recently to stop in on a shearing job with Hyer Wools at Rio Milagro Farm. I’m particularly partial to Hyer Wools as that is the business run by my inlaws! While they run their own flock and produce their own wool and wool products, they also serve the sheep community by shearing other flocks. Kerry travels all over the state to shear sheep. A few weeks ago he was shearing a flock of 80 Navajo Churro sheep and it worked out just right that I was traveling home from the Katelyn James workshop that day and could stop in along the way and photograph Kerry shearing.

It is mesmerizing to watch him shear! The sheep comes in wooly and with crazy “hair dos” and leaves clean cut, ready for summer, and the beautiful blanket of wool is left behind for processing. Kerry is one of the few hand shearers in New Mexico and clients interested in high quality shearing jobs with a good fleece yield know that hand shearing is the way to go.¬†Shearing not only gives wool artisans the fleeces they need to create wool products, but also takes the warm and heavy wool off before the summer heat, and doesn’t hurt the sheep at all.

The shears need to be cleaned and sharpened between each sheep to keep them in top shape. These particular shears were developed in New Zealand and Kerry was one of the first in the US to be able to use and sell them.

I love this sheep’s hair do!

Be sure to check out Hyer Wools! You can find them on their website, blog, Instagram, and Facebook!

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  1. Jesi

    May 23rd, 2017 at 9:59 am

    WOW!! So fascinating! Those sheep are very trusting!

  2. Kayla Grey

    May 23rd, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Wow! That is a lot of work… and those shears scare the heck out of me! Haha! Great behind the scenes shots! The sheep look happy to get all that wool off their backs!

  3. Courtney Cannon

    May 23rd, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Wow, so interesting! I would be so nervous!

  4. Kathleen Mower

    May 23rd, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Such lovely pictures Marquette! You have caught the whole process and we appreciate your professional talent!

  5. Ashley Durham

    May 24th, 2017 at 4:26 am

    I sure wouldn’t want my hair cut with those shears!

  6. Jill

    May 24th, 2017 at 6:24 am

    This was SO interesting to me to see- had no clue how that all worked!

  7. Jessica

    May 24th, 2017 at 9:37 am

    This is so cool!! I love sheep – did you get to try shearing them too?

  8. Marquette LaRee

    May 24th, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I haven’t ever tried shearing. It’s quite the art actually! There are specific holds, and if you cut at the wrong angle you knick the sheep and they bleed or you mutilate the fleece.

  9. Mahlia

    May 25th, 2017 at 9:16 am

    What an interesting blog feature!

  10. Misty C.

    May 25th, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    It’s so crazy to see how fast they can shear those sheep!!

  11. Marquette LaRee

    May 30th, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Right?! He’s super fast and good! It’s so cool to watch!