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!