Shearing time!

Shearing time!

It’s hair cut time again.  As you can see our Lila and Stella had reached the point they really needed a trim.   I have to say shearing day is my favourite alpaca day of the year.  I love to see alpacas with a full fleece but it gets too hot and annoying for them when the summer weather arrives.   Even some of our small ladies carry several kilos of fleece. It has to go so they can run about in the summer months without overheating, and of course we need their fleece for the yarns.   It’s a real team effort at the farm, and it’s a pleasure to be part of it.   My job is toenail clipping while the shearer, James, is shearing.  He is such an expert the job is done in just a few minutes without causing any pain for the alpaca.  Some of the alpacas do not appreciate the effort that is being made to make them more comfortable, and will spit as whoever is standing closest, but that is standard alpaca speak for ‘go away, you are a pest.’   You might know that the way you can tell if an alpaca is pregnant is to bring a boy alpaca close by.  If she spits at the poor lad, she is pregnant – her way of saying ‘get lost, you are of no interest or use to me!!’  Alpacas are not subtle!   You can see our white girl, Betty, and our Lila and Mary looking seriously unimpressed with their new looks.  The dark brown fleece this year  will be used in a new 4ply – will keep you posted.  Jane x

 

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