about High desert shearing

Based out of Reno, Nevada, High Desert Shearing offers considerate, small flock shearing for sheep and goats throughout the Northern Nevada, High Sierras and Great Basin regions.

Sarah Lillegard was trained in the New Zealand method of shearing through the UCCE Mendocino Sheep Shearing School held at the Hopland Extension and Research Center (Hopland, CA). Both the school and the New Zealand method emphasize efficiency and animal well-being while maintaining fleece quality.

In addition to shearing, Sarah is an active participant in the region's wool and fiber community. She's a member of the Reno Fiber Guild; a writer and photographer for Fibershed; and a fiber-based artist, teaching workshops on wool spinning, embroidery, and natural dyeing.


"We belong because we are part of the work of this place." James Rebanks, A Shepherd's Life

I grew up in Gardnerville, Nevada and moved to Reno after finishing college in rural Eastern Washington. With four generations of stories about Nevada, this area is a part of me. 

I became interested in sheep shearing through working with wool and learning about the legacy of sheep ranching in the American West. By shearing sheep, I am able to help support both the wool industry and regional flocks as well as play a small part in maintaining the viability of raising and grazing small ruminants in this area.