Each year at the Flag Wool & Fiber Festival, live shearing occurs on the festival grounds for the duration of the event. Having shearing at the festival allows the public to learn about the process while enabling community members to have their animals shorn. Shearing is not only how we get the fiber we use in our weaving, knitting, etc., but it is vital to the health of the animal. Without shearing, the animal is at risk for overheating, discomfort, and disease.
This year, Jason Siffring of High Plains Shearing and Mick Hoffman of Mick Hoffman Shearing were scheduled to be back in action at the festival. While we won't be able to witness and subsequently learn about shearing this year, we look forward to having this service and educational opportunity available next year. You can learn more about Jason and Mick below.
About Jason Siffring Jason shears alpacas and llamas as well as sheep and goats. He started shearing at Mystic Pines Fiber in 2011. In 2015, he attended Matt Best's alpaca shearing class in Ohio. He apprenticed under Jerry Ladd of Tri-Ply Fibers, and they now work together on large jobs. Jason also travels to rescue farms throughout the Southwest to aide in the rehabilitation of neglected animals, and works with local zoos, businesses, and education facilities. You can learn more about Jason at www.highplainsshearing.com.
About Mick Hoffman Mick has been a shearer for over a decade, with sheep and alpaca shearing taking him to over twenty states and abroad to Australia. Born and raised on a farm in Iowa, Mick learned the art of shearing from his father twelve years ago. Now residing in Phoenix, Arizona, Mick is focused on building his shearing business in the Southwest region. Having sheared thousands of animals since learning to shear, Mick is a knowledgeable and experienced shearer. You can learn more about Mick at www.mickhofmannshearing.com.