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Shearing day

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Alpacas are shorn each spring to remove their thick winter fleece. The harvested fleece can then be processed into the lovely alpaca yarn or roving that you may be familiar with. This year we decided to do the shearing ourselves. The video clip below shows one of our girls (Galena) having her blanket shorn. The blanket is considered the prime fleece and generally extends from the base of the neck to the rump and includes both sides. As you will see in the video, alpacas need to be restrained during shearing. This is for the protection of the alpaca and the people doing the shearing as otherwise they would likely thrash their legs around. Once restrained, however, the alpacas generally remain quite calm during the shearing process. We would like to thank Michael Truss of Alpacas of Maggies Brook Farm and Hannah Ingleston for helping us with the shearing – it’s definitely not a 2 person job!

DISCLAIMER: This is not a ‘how-to’ video! We are novice shearers having shorn no more than a dozen alpacas at this point. Although shearing is easy enough to do once you’ve been trained, we would highly recommend that you attend a shearing clinic before trying it yourself. In our case we attended a clinic offered by Matt Best that was held at Light Livestock Equipment and Supply.


Girls grazing in their pasture

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

This video clip shows the girls at Thorn Hill Alpacas grazing in their pasture (April 2010). The video was taken before the girls have been shorn for the season. We plan to shear soon and will post another video showing the girls newly shorn so you can see the difference. Also, several of these girls are pregnant and expecting crias soon so we will soon be posting video clips of our newest arrivals. So, please check back soon!


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Monday, March 15th, 2010

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