This 26-year-old makes $80,000 a year shearing sheep, llamas and alpacas in Texas

This 26-year-old makes $80,000 a year shearing sheep, llamas and alpacas in Texas

Katie McRose, 26, and her wife Darian travel around Texas to sheer sheep, llamas and alpacas. They founded their business, Right Choice Shearing, in 2019. This year, they expect to bring in at least $80,000 servicing over 575 farms.
Fri, Jul 30 202112:51 PM EDT

Katie McRose, Co-founder, Right Choice Shearing

If we didn't shear these sheep, they would be extremely hot in the summer. They've got to carry around the weight, they've got to carry around the heat. And in order to not make them suffer like that, we shear it off.

Nowadays, if I make less than $1,000 in a day, it's a really slow one.

I'm 26 years old, and I'm a sheep, llama, and alpaca shearer from Seguin, Texas. And this year, we're projected to bring in between $80,000 and $120,000.

I never thought that I would be a sheep shearer when I was growing up. My first shearing job was when I was 14 years old, I made $5 ahead, so it came down to a grand total of $35. And it took us half the day.

So I grew up kind of all over the place. My parents were in the army. When they got out of the military, we moved out to the country. And that's where I first started collecting animals.

We knew that we liked shearing and that it allowed us to travel and we made decent money at it. So we decided to give that just a go full-time.

The first year we did like 350 jobs, the year after that we did 475, 575. And this year, we're gonna knock that out of the park again.