Preparing for Shearing Day


Shearing day is one of the most important days of the year on alpaca farms. It is the day that we harvest the beautiful fiber that our alpacas have grown over the last year. Preparing for shearing day and getting organized for the day ahead of time, certainly makes the day less stressful and chaotic. Teamwork and a well thought out plan will make shearing day run like a well oiled machine.

That being said, shearing alpacas is one of my least favorite parts of raising alpacas. Our shearers claim it takes them just eight minutes to shear an alpaca, and though they are not harmed in any way, it still is a scary experience for them. Some tolerate it better than others. 

All of them feel better when it’s over.

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Shearing Day

Shearing day at Alpaca Meadows takes place once a year, usually late April or early May before it gets hot.  It sometimes is a family affair, sometimes a few friends come to help, but always it’s a long, hard, dirty day.  At the end of the day, it’s a tired that feels good. The hard … Read more

Shearing Day Is Behind Us

Today is Thursday, we sheared on Monday.  I just now feel recovered!  At any rate, shearing day is behind us!  Preparing for shearing day is always extremely helpful.  I dare say it’s a must.  Whether you are shearing your alpacas yourself, or a helper, shearing day is hard work and very tiring.  That being said, … Read more