"Pete is a phenomenal shearer whose passion for what he does shows! He mentors his team and they have always done amazing work! Would recommend them everytime!"
Laura K. -Colorado
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 dad taught me how to shear sheep 16 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 dreamed of owning our own farm 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 four kids, Judah, Aviana, Emmelyn, and Hannah.
We are pleased to be working alongside Joshua again this year. This will be his 5th year working for TopKnot and his fourth year as a shearer. He started working for TopKnot in 2015 and then took a furlough from shearing while he was serving overseas as a missionary. While serving in New Zealand, he met his wife Emma and was married shortly thereafter. Joshua and Emma currently live in Belton, MO with their three dogs and enjoy spending time outside together. Joshua loves to skateboard and if you really want to make him happy, give him some fish and chips and throw in some watermelon!
When he is not shearing Joshua works construction and is working on getting his general contractor's license. His favorite part of shearing is visiting all the different farms and seeing the various systems that people have created for their alpacas.
When I asked him the question, “If money was never an issue the rest of your life how would you spend your time?” His answer was that he would want to own a 10 acre hobby farm with his wife and make high quality hand-crafted furniture.
We are excited to have Joshua shearing for us as we have spent the last 4 years training and raising him up within the company so that he can deliver the same service and standards that TopKnot has become known for.
"Joshua and Crew were great to work with. Fun, easy going, very pleasant. Can't wait till next year!!"
Josie K. -Wisconsin
"Not only did this 3 man crew do an outstanding job shearing my 2 alpacas and 3 sheep, but they were very courteous and polite. They are positive role models as American men."
Joe and Dana S.-Kentucky
We are excited to be working with Adam Gano again this year. This will be his third season working for TopKnot.
A little more about Adam:
How you got involved in alpaca shearing: I was catching up with a friend and he told me he was shearing and he got me connected with Pete. Two weeks later I was in Colorado shearing!
Favorite part of shearing: Being able to meet so many people from so many places and backgrounds, as well as being able to brighten their day by doing our job.
How you spend your time outside of the season: I am currently a student at Kennesaw State University studying Civil Engineering.
Favorite Hobbies: Mountain biking, hiking, watching/playing any sport, cooking.
Favorite food: My favorite food is probably a really good steak.
If money was never an issue the rest of your life how would you spend your time?
I would first travel almost everywhere and try to mountain bike or do whatever adrenaline filled thing I could, and then I would have to find a simple job that makes peoples lives better and I would do that.
When do you feel the happiest or most fulfilled?
I am most happiest when the people around me feel taken care of and loved, or there are no people at all and it is