Graciano Hernandez shears sheep and alpacas in Anza

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This Suffolk ewe receives a trim by Graciano Hernandez of Legacy Shearing as his daughter Sam assists. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Graciano Hernandez begins his day well before dawn. He checks his equipment, awakens his daughter Sam and hits the road in his Ford truck. His mission is to shear sheep, alpacas, llamas, goats and the occasional camel all over Southern California. His work is the key to good health and well-being for these animals, and he said he visits them at least once a year. Hernandez is one of the best shearers in the region, tending to over 800 clients. He worked over 100 straight days recently, taking on clients from a competitor who was injured. Although his workload increased dramatically, his same sense of humor, positive outlook and grin remain the same. Graciano Hernandez of Legacy Shearing trims a sheep’s hooves as par
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