About Alpaca Shearing
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.
My career in shearing
I shore my first sheep at the age of 13 – 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.
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 2019 alpaca season, having shorn many herds over the past ten years.
Meet the Alpaca Shearing team
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.
Local lad Ollie Murray, who hails from Bruton in Somerset, joined the team in 2018 and is now a fully fledged alpaca shearer. Trained by me, he had been shearing sheep for more than 10 years, including several seasons in New Zealand where he regularly shore 300 sheep a day.
I will continue shearing the stud herds, while Ollie takes on some of the small herds and pet males etc.
Shearers in training
To improve capacity and meet the increasing demand, I also have several other shearers in training which should ease the shortage of skilled shearers over the next few years.
Find out more
If you want to know more or would like to make a booking, contact the team.
Out of season we do our best to pick up calls and emails regularly and during the season – April till August – one of the team will be handling bookings and queries full time and keeping tabs on the team’s availability – and our whereabouts.
Please bear with us though as the shearers are often in the middle of shearing!