Pat Mujica (Founder/Shearer)
I work for the Veterans Administration as a Systems Specialist (computer geek). On the weekends, during the season, I shear alpacas and Llamas. I ran Aconcagua Alpaca Farms LLC for 10 years. During that time we started with 15 alpacas, as we grew to 100+ we saw a need for someone to shear our alpacas to keep costs down. I trained under Matt Best of Best Shearing back in 2006. After a few years of practicing on our herd.. I perfected my technique and speed enough to start shearing for other farms. With my years of experience on the farm and show ring, I can also offer advice if I find something not quite right. I've found hernias, fiber blowout, ulcerated teeth, skin infections, and even pregnant females the owners didn't even know they had been exposed.
Elizabeth Mujica (Owner/Goddess at Mujica Residence)
I work at Price Chopper as a Pharmacy Tech. My second job is taking care of the day to day business keeping up with 4 kids and all their activities. On my spare time I manage Midwest Shearing.com by scheduling appointments, determining the best routes, and keeping our clients informed on when they can expect us at their farms. I helped my husband run Aconcagua alpaca Farms LLC for 10 years. I did lots of healthcare, breeding, and general everyday maintenance of the day to day alpaca care. At one time we had close to 100 alpacas on our farm which required all hands on deck to keep up with them. With my years of experience on the farm and show ring, I can offer advice on how to care for and maintain a healthy herd.
Damion Mujica (Head Handler)
Farm hand for Aconcagua Alpaca Farms LLC for his whole life until the farm was sold (2012)... He's helped shear since 2014. He has watched his parents raise and care for alpacas for years, and now that he's old and tall enough... its time teach him the trade. So he has taken over what Mom used to do, but she still watches him to make sure he doesn't get hurt.
Emma Mujica (Fiber Manager/Marketing)
I am the Fiber Manager, in other words I'm the Boss of my two little brothers Keegan and Kaden. I also float around and do various duties. I was born and raised on an Alpaca farm and I have lots of experience on handling them. I started helping out with Midwest Shearing in 2015. When I was a young tadpole I started off as the fiber picker upper and moved my way up to fiber managing. I used to work with my family on and off whenever I wanted to buy me something nice, lol. My dad doesn't pay me very well so I do appreciate tips. (:
Kaden Mujica (Fiber Picker Upper #1)
I am the Fiber Gatherer, and I've been working with my family since I was knee high to a grasshopper. I, too, grew up on our family farm and have been around alpacas and llamas my whole life. I don't have a lot of experience working with alpacas and llamas so don't ask me, ask my sister. lol. I usually help my sister gather fiber..when I'm paying attention..whoops (: But, this year she got promoted to fiber manager, so now she's my boss. ):<
Keegan Mujica (Fiber Picker Upper #2)
I am the bestest fiber picker upper on this team, and even though I'm the youngest child I'm better than Kaden. (; I started Midwest Shearing in 2015 when I figured out I can make some extra coin. My Dad also doesn't pay me much so tip my sister well, she'll split the money with me, we have a deal worked out, lol. I'm not the best with llamas, since i'm the youngest. So when they charge I run in the other direction. (: When I was younger, some days I didn't have to go. But now that i'm older and I'm big enough to do the job, I have to go every weekend.