Friday 24 June 2016
Today was a big day in our calendar,
Shearing day for the Alpacas.
West Wales Shearers was who we used this year and will be using them again. Very impressed.
They used a tilt table method that was set up on a trailer bed
Imogen was first up, led out of the pen walked along the platform table and straps are put in place to hold her secure
The platform is then tilted on to the trailer
Feet are restrained, so no one gets injured by kicking hooves
Once in place and secure the body straps are removed
and shearing can start
As work progresses the alpaca shrinks in size
turned over so the other side can be done
Then a dental check
a bit of filing to keep those gnashes in check
The onlookers know it will soon be there turn
Odd job was up next
Then our little Kara her first time being sheared
and there wasn't much left of her after, she was just a big bundle of fluff.
Kara hung about while the rest were done, showing off her pom pom tail
Nick Nack was last
All done now a lot more comfortable and cooler they soon went about there Alpaca business of the day
That's it for another year, they did a bit of hoof trimming and a body score which is always easier when they are naked, all in tip top condition, very happy about that its always a concern.
Now have 12 sacks of fleece to process and spin, if anyone is interested in raw alpaca fleece I am happy to sell some.
The alpacas were very well behaved and the shearers complimented us on how behaved they were.