A lot of people hire a professional shearer to get all their fiber animals sheared in one day. It’s not horribly expensive, but a shearer does not check out each animal like the owner can.
I had a shearer come one time. He obviously did not like my goats, and was much rougher on them than I care for. I understand why, he needs to get through a bunch of critters very quickly to make a living.
So I decided to try to do it myself after that. I’m not always very successful, I have too many second cuts in the mohair, and it takes me a long time, but it does allow me to lay hands on each goat from head to toe, twice a year.
Except for last year – the winter started too soon, and I let too many goats go as long as 10 months, and now I’m paying for that mistake as I shear them.
But… when I shear, I’m not just shearing. I’m checking their condition, giving them their immunizations, trimming their hooves, worming them if required, and tagging the youngsters.
So, even though I’m slow, it is worth doing myself. Yeah, I could have someone else come to do it, and it would be done, but… I get more satisfaction out of doing this job than most people can understand.