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IowaDave
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Shearer suggestions needed

Postby IowaDave » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:41 am

Looking for suggestions for a shearer. I've been shearing my own, but time, age, and schedule has caught me this season.... Lambing begins around 4/1. I've used a few locals in the past when needed, but they either stopped shearing, or are not doing a professional job.

Need someone who can shear 75 head, mix of bred ewe lambs, moderate frame commercials, but a few big old range ewes. Rough handling or excessive nicks not acceptable.

Located East Central Iowa.

Dave
Dave Walton
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Re: Shearer suggestions needed

Postby denice » Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:10 pm

Dave
There is a list on the ASI web site, no idea how current.
This is a reply I got - do not know anyone personally


I saw your thread on AgTalk and figured a personal message would do best. I'm a HHP Tractor and Hay Tools specialist for Kubota and also shear sheep on the side. I cover Iowa as part of my territory and will probably be near where your friend is at in mid march anyways so I could swing by in the evenings.

I have a small 30 head flock of polpays of my own outside Jackson, MN and started shearing in the spring of 2015. I also am an ASI certified sheep shearer (SDSU Shearing Class of 2015) and use a Lister Nexus shaft drive unit.

If your friend hasn't found a shearer yet and is still interested my cell number is 469-540-2213.

Brady
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IowaDave
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Re: Shearer suggestions needed

Postby IowaDave » Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:00 am

Denice - Thx for cross-posting. I'm banned from that forum for being a bit too, ahem, direct in my approach to some BS over there some years back.

I was one of the founding members, over a decade ago. It got too big to have a personal feel to it anymore.



.....it used to be a much better place.

Dave
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denice
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Re: Shearer suggestions needed

Postby denice » Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:33 am

I know what you mean. I can be blunt also, tact has been a learned skill over the years. Allows me to get my point across without raising hackles, or at least not to many. Lots of good knowledgeable people do not post these days but do learn quite a bit. Can be a bit of a 'boy's club' over there, but that doesn't dissuade me. Gets a bit heated when markets and weather are tough. Overall a good group.

Hope you find a good shearer, I need to work on that myself. April is around the corner
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IowaDave
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Re: Shearer suggestions needed

Postby IowaDave » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:49 pm

:lol: It was more unfiltered back in the day. We all knew it, and operated under that assumption. New members joined by the thousands and even though they tended to be lurkers, they were the complainers.

Tact, I have when needed. I'm also not afraid to stand up and call someone out for spouting BS. One never has to guess where they stand with me..... :lol:

I called a wool buyer I know and got a couple names of nearby guys with good recommendations. Hope one pans out. We're planning to continue growing the flock and I'm getting too damned old to shear that many.

We'll see if they meet the expectations of this former shearer!

Dave
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Re: Shearer suggestions needed

Postby RNSprung » Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:12 pm

Dave,

I had rick kucera come up and help me sheer for a day this year. I believe he would be strait west of you. He drove a couple hours in heavy fog for me. My ewes are western white face ewes and they were rather tacky that day from the fog. I was pleased with his job. There is also a gentleman out of mason city that you would really like but I'm not sure how far he likes to travel. I can get contact info for both if you are still looking for someone.

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Re: Shearer suggestions needed

Postby IowaDave » Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:37 am

Thanks Reuben, I'd like to have both of their phone #'s if you don't mind. PM if you'd like.

I see lambing has started for you - good luck!

Dave
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