Colin is your expert shearer who over the past 10 years has developed and evolved his efficient shearing process which ensures that the alpacas remain calm throughout.
Colin is able to work alone when needed – catching, sorting fleece, trimming feet, vaccinating and trimming teeth in addition to the actual shearing. However, he is often assisted by Rachel or Seb who undertake the husbandry procedures while Colin shears, thus speeding up the whole operation. Sometimes they both shear in tandem making for quite a spectacle!
Colin shears throughout the UK and Europe – from Norway down to southern France – and upward of 4000 alpacas each year. Booking early is therefore essential.
General Alpaca Husbandry
Outside of the shearing season Colin is available for routine alpaca husbandry procedures. These include, toe nail trimming, teeth care (trimming and fighting teeth removal), vaccinating, mineral and wormer drenching.
With state-of-the-art equipment, Colin provides a complete alpaca pregnancy scanning service.
He also scans sheep – large, small, pedigree, commercial flocks are all covered. The optimum time for scanning sheep is 70-90 days post service so it’s really worth booking Colin as soon as the tups come out.
And yes, pigs get scanned too! With an average gestation period of three months, three weeks and three days, Colin is constantly in demand with south west commercial pig units, but he will always find the time to scan your herd – just ask.
Colin will always help if he can.