I was raised in a large family of 10 kids on a small farm in Iowa. My father, Paul Hofmann is a nationally renowned shearer and has held American records for sheep shearing. Growing up, the rule in my parents' house was that at the age of 15 each of their children were to learn how to shear sheep. After each child had sheared a minimum of 1000 sheep they could quit shearing and never touch a sheep again.
My father taught me how to shear sheep 15 years ago and I quickly fell in love with the job. Around the same time my dad also started to take me alpaca shearing all over the United States. He taught me how to shear alpacas, after I had sharpened my shearing skills on over 10,000 sheep.
The following year in 2008, I attended a small college in Wisconsin. Seeing the opportunites in the alpaca Industry, I started Top Knot Shearing at the age of 18. I have greatly enjoyed the years I have had shearing and meeting people all over the country. One of the highlights for me every year is working with the "Crew". We really do enjoy our job and it is a blessing every year to work with godly men who love the Lord and do our work as "unto the Lord". Our desire is that we can be a blessing to you and your animals as we serve you in this capacity.
We recently moved to the Mission Valley North of Missoula, Montana. We dream of owning our own farm someday and moved to Montana in pursuit of this dream. When I am not busy working I love spending time outdoors with my beautiful wife, Whitney, and our three kids, Judah, Aviana, and Emmelyn.