Hi, I’m Ian Horner – owner of Alpaca Shearing UK.
I started shearing alpacas in 2008 but have been in the shearing business most of my adult life, having started professionally back in 1987. Let me tell you a little about how I’ve come to be shearing alpacas.
At the age of thirteen I shore my first sheep – under supervision! A few years later I attended Newton Rigg College of Agriculture in Cumbria where, with a group of other students, I set up a shearing round during weekends and evenings.
Practice makes perfect…
After I’d finished college, I went into shearing full time. The shearing season took me first up to the Highlands and Islands. From there I travelled to Australia for three months and onto New Zealand until February. March and April would be spent lambing and May shearing in Somerset and Dorset. Early in June I’d move to Thirsk in Yorkshire and continue onto the Highlands and Islands once again for July.
This pattern continued for five years during which time I became an accomplished and experienced shearer, working with many of the top shearers in the world.
In April 2008 I was offered the chance to shear alpacas with Nick Weber in South Somerset. I am now looking forward to the 2015 alpaca season, having shorn many herds over the past seven years.
The team in action
You can see me and the team at work in our photo gallery. These images demonstrate the professionalism of my team and how seriously we take the handling of the alpacas and the fibre.
Find out more
If you want to know more or would like to make a booking, contact me. I do my best to pick up calls and emails regularly, but during the season it can be difficult as I’m often in the middle of shearing!
So if you’ve got any queries, try my office first as they handle bookings and keep tabs on the team’s availability – and our whereabouts.