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Offline SlickTxMaine

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What's the going rate for slick shearing?
« on: February 17, 2010, 10:45:34 AM »
A friend has offered to slick shear my son's steer for our upcoming show.  He does an excellent job and is very detail oriented.  We will of course pay him, he will most likely refuse, but we will pay him and don't want to offend him.  So, that said, what is a fair price to charge or pay for a slick shearing job?  Thanks!

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Re: What's the going rate for slick shearing?
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2010, 11:20:54 AM »
I would offer at least a $100.  I've never hired anyone to slick, but that's about right if the calf is gentle.

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Re: What's the going rate for slick shearing?
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2010, 11:31:37 AM »
I would offer at least a $100.  I've never hired anyone to slick, but that's about right if the calf is gentle.

Wow that sounds kinda stout to me.  The going rate for haired cattled up here is from 50 to $100 depending on the amount of time and level of skill you want in a clipper.
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Re: What's the going rate for slick shearing?
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2010, 12:50:48 PM »
Slicking one right isn't as easy as it sounds.
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I see it when I swing past...
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Re: What's the going rate for slick shearing?
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2010, 01:03:48 PM »
Slicking one right isn't as easy as it sounds.
So, DLD, what would you expect to pay, or be paid for this??

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Re: What's the going rate for slick shearing?
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2010, 02:58:52 PM »
Twelve pack/head.

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Re: What's the going rate for slick shearing?
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2010, 03:23:57 PM »
Twelve pack/head.

Are you available this weekend?? ;D

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Re: What's the going rate for slick shearing?
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2010, 03:25:52 PM »
Twelve pack/head.

Thats about what i've gotten to do haired cattle.
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Re: What's the going rate for slick shearing?
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2010, 04:07:35 PM »
Before or after clipping?


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Re: What's the going rate for slick shearing?
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2010, 04:22:05 PM »
So how do you slick one out right? I live up north and will take having a hairy one anytime over having to slick one out. O0

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Re: What's the going rate for slick shearing?
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2010, 04:25:01 PM »
"it takes a 6 pack to steady the clipping hand" a wise man told me.
The livestock (show) industry is a tough one- if you've never had anything worth a damn you might as well go on the internet and rundown everybody you can.

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Re: What's the going rate for slick shearing?
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2010, 05:11:52 PM »
"The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well."

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Re: What's the going rate for slick shearing?
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2010, 05:59:38 PM »
I slick out dairy cows for $16.00/hd and they suck to do with all the nooks an crannies to get into
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Re: What's the going rate for slick shearing?
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2010, 10:18:59 PM »
Slicking one right isn't as easy as it sounds.
So, DLD, what would you expect to pay, or be paid for this??

I really don't know. I live in OK, and haven't actually ever done it myself.  I have seen some of my friends in TX do it a few times though, and I know it takes some time and effort to get them down to 1/4" everywhere and keep it all smooth. My guess would be at least $75 to $100 to get someone who'll do a good job and keep 'em willing to come back next time you need 'em.  I'm sure it's just like clipping haired ones, there are people out there who'll do it for less and some who'll expect more. But I will say that most of the "pro's" in OK and TX will expect at least $150 to clip a fat steer for a haired show.
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Re: What's the going rate for slick shearing?
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2010, 12:00:14 AM »
I would rather clip haired ones then slick one , to me I enjoy  really shaping a calve and being able to accentuate its positives and trying to "hide" its faults. Its really an art imo. Slick shearing a calf takes time, you really have to go slow and make sure everything is smooth. I normally charge $100 a head plus expenses (gas, food, etc) thats for haired cattle. I would say if the guy coming to do your calf is a good friend then $100 bucks and offer him a couple beers afterwards would be good.

 

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