A happy, relaxed just shorn baby alpaca

A happy, relaxed just shorn baby alpaca
The "Why" !

Monday, February 27, 2012

To Be Thankful Is To Be Blessed

And in the beginning....
Life comes at us in such a hectic pace and we tend to not thank G-d for the blessings we receive. As most of my clients are aware, we try to place G-d as the priority in our lives and feel he blesses us with every second of every day (especially our challenges)! As I've been reflecting on the past seasons and looking forward to this coming 2012 season I can't help but be so graciously thankful for the ways G-d blesses our business!


You see, I was given my first shearing job by a farm located up in the Stanwood / Marysville, WA area. As an apprentice I was invited to attend a shearing for two farms over a 3 day weekend. The lead shearer (Brian Schieber) had informed me it would be extremely beneficial to attend, however, because these two farms where very professional and quite particular, I would not be able to shear any of their animals. After assisting the first two days (I could see clearly why I was cautioned of my NOT shearing for them as such a rookie) However, they agreed I could shear 3 of their geldings (I wonder if the geldings knew I was going to shear them??). Anyways, after getting the opportunity to shear the geldings they hired me for the next season. 
It was one thing to attend this event, but, to be given the opportunity to actually shear for them..THEN to be hired on the spot for the next season, it was truly a blessing!!!! 
So, get this, one of these two farms who was truly the 'beginning' of my shearing career (this is so amazing) was named.....are you ready???????


'Genesis Alpacas'
Isn't He amazing how He blesses us?!?!?!?!?!


(Oh, by the way, JRAM alpacas is the other farm who gave me the opportunity and I am equally blessed by their trust! Thanks Ruthann!)


I would like to thank all of you who've been such wonderful clients over the past several years! Each of you have been an intricate part in our success and we hope to continue our long standing relationships with you for as long as G-D allows!


"Thanks again, and see you this spring or summer"

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

FIRST CUT SHEARING 2012 TOUR STOPS

This season we will thankfully be shearing in 3 different regions of the United States; Pacific Northwest, Midwest & West Coast. Our objective is to continue spreading our 'Maximum Harvest' shearing technique throughout the country!!


REGIONAL DATES & STOPS:


California      Apr 15-20


Midwest        Apri 23 - May 18


Pacific Northwest  May 23 - Jul 15





Feel free to email us: firstcutshearing@gmail.com if you are interested in having us shear at your farm or just have questions.



Thank you in advance for considering us as your shearing team!




 Are you interested in learning how to shear alpacas? Email: maximumharvestshearing@gmail.com
with questions!!!!!!







Wednesday, October 20, 2010

REFRESHING TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR CLIENTS!





All I have to say is . . . we love you , Franc.
You are kind and personable and your shearing skills are admirable.
Your gentleness with the alpacas makes shearing time a pleasant one and
something to look forward to, contrary to previous experiences.
We recommend you to anyone who cares enough about their alpacas to give
them the very best.
You truly are  'The Alpaca Whisperer.'
And we are blessed that God has sent you our way.
Mike and Linda, Happy Valley Alpaca Ranch







"We are having Franc back for the fourth year in a row, and hope he shears forever! We love his work, and so do the alpacas! He is so gentle with the pregnant mamas, lifting their hips and turning them carefully, so there is no pressure on their bellies."  Alise & John Schmitt, www.GenesisAlpacas.com




Franc sheared at Genesis Alpacas near Arlington Wa  . Check out John and  Alise Schmitt's  web site
http://www.genesisalpacas.com/


"I am going to love skirting the fleeces you sheared this year, as you were very good about second cuts, and I think we got more usable neck fleece this year than ever before, due to your technique. I appreciate that!"


Thank you Alise I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Franc.




Franc,
Thank you so very much for the wonderful shearing day in May of 2009 and again in May 2010 ..... I'm looking forward to May 2011 !
All the best,
Louise.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Interview with the Shearer

Interview with Franc Winkley, Professional Shearer and
T.L. Stokes, Photographer:



HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AS A SHEARER?

I was determined to relocate my lifestyle to the rural/farm setting.
Both for personal preferences (I always felt better suited in a much
simpler life style) and to raise my son, Harrison, out of the city.
I thought I would be working with horses, which I have done in
the past, and enjoyed!

Then, I met my shearing mentor, Brian Schieber, and after working
with him on his farm I realized it provided everything that was important
to me. Flexibility to work around my hours and the capability to have
Harrison there with me when needed. I base my profession on my
faith in God to provide for all the necessities in my life.
Brian wondered if I would want to continue this new career based on
my past credentials and he went on tothe very lifestyle I was moving away from.
 He suggested I take up
shearing since I enjoyed the physical nature of farm work.

 My years   in sports, well into my mid 30's, provided me with the strength to
meet the physical challenges of the work.
 Shearing is a very physical
job and provides a wonderful atmosphere to be in as a profession.
Being around animals, nature, away from pollution, both socially and
environmentally, and to work with people who truly love their animals...
is a perfect fit!

WHAT WOULD I NEED TO KNOW IF I WAS HIRING A SHEARER?
If he/she is familiar with the animals they shear. Do they love animals,
or is this just a means of paying the bills? Are they familiar with
handling animals in a gentle and kind manner? Is the shearer familiar,
and capable of, providing the maximum harvest when shearing each
animal?

WHAT DO YOUR FARM CLIENTS FEEL ABOUT YOUR WORK?

I have impeccable references from all of my farm clients. They are
satisfied and extremely well pleased with the work I have provided
and the professional, efficient and experienced manner I treat
each of their animals. References are available upon request
after prospective clients are serious about hiring my services,
out of respect for my current client's time and privacy.

HOW DO PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS CONTACT YOU?

The easiest way to contact me is by phone: (503) 877-4771.
I would love to talk with you personally and discuss your farm
needs. We are available for smaller and larger jobs and we are
more than happy to travel to bordering states. We also perform
other farm services so please do not hesitate to call and we
would be happy to discuss details and provide you with an
estimate. Your satisfaction is our full intention.

THANK YOU FRANC, I'VE WATCHED YOU ON A NUMBER OF
SHEARING JOBS AND MUST SAY THE ANIMALS SEEMED
VERY RELAXED AND IN CAPABLE HANDS ANDTHE OWNERS
LOOKED VERY PLEASED.
 Teresa.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Welcome to First Cut Shearing


Welcome to First Cut Shearing.

Besides shearing, we offer many farm services, Farm care while YOU take a vacation :) . fence , barn, shelter and feeder building.
  Toe trimming and teeth. Feel free to contact us and we would be happy to answer any of your questions .