Every year in early Spring, Fox Wire Farm of Toano brings a shearing crew to the farm from New Zealand to shear our herd and harvest the year’s fiber crop. The 2019 Shearing, which is a one-day event, will be announced in March, so keep checking our website for details. You also can follow us on Facebook or Instagram for the announcement.
Shearing Day is an exciting and fun-filled day during which we run Shearing Tours to the farm so individuals can see firsthand how this is done and learn about our animals and their fiber. Once the shearing date is announced we will publish our Shearing Tour schedule for reservations. The 2018 shearing was such a success that it made the news! You can enjoy the clip here.
We rely heavily on our volunteers to help stage the event, so if you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at 757.741.2776, Ext. 340 to sign up. Volunteers must be 16 and able to participate for the full day. Download our VOLUNTEERS job description for more information.
On the day of the shearing, volunteers meet at the farm at 7:30 a.m. for a briefing over a light breakfast and to receive their complimentary t-shirt and assignments. We provide lunch for everyone around noon, and after the last alpaca is sheared, we celebrate a successful day’s hard work with an after-party.