Fri, 18 August 2023
OFI 1807: How To Live in Costa Rica And Run A Livestock Shearing Business In Idaho | Mike Maxwell | Double M Ranch
Mike Maxwell is the owner of Double M Ranch and a professional shearer of llamas, alpacas, sheep and even goats. He also does dental work on alpacas and gives shots as well trims hooves. Mike specializes in serving people on small farms with a few to many animals, but not enough to warrant hiring one of the big outfits. Mike is taking care of folks who just cannot access the larger service providers.
Mike's path into farming and working with animals came through his marriage to his wife, Kimberly, who had the property when they were married. He was, and continued to, work in the corporate world while they were raising sheep and chickens. Ultimately, he taught himself how to shear and take care of these livestock, and he started offering his services to others. His business soon grew larger than he could handle since he kept his corporate job.
Then, a twist came. Mike and Kim had planned on one day retiring to Costa Rica, and when Covid 19 ultimately resulted in a red hot housing market in the Treasure Valley of Idaho they realized that they could retire about 5 years earlier than they had planned. So, they sold the farm and made it happen. However, Mike did not want to abandon his customers in Idaho, so twice each year he flies back to Idaho and takes care of everyone's livestock for them.