Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Shearing

 It's shearing time!!

Last Thursday our alpacas got a haircut!

Thursday was a very nice day in our neck of the woods, and Brian used his brand new clipper and sheared our three alpacas.  He did a very nice job.  We use a shearing table with ropes to help immobilize the alpacas to keep them safe.  The ropes go around the legs and the alpaca gets stretched out.  One person also holds the alpaca's head.  This way the alpaca can be sheared in a safe manner for both the alpaca and the shearer.  Some people just stretch the alpaca out on the ground, but that is hard on our knees.  We much prefer the table to the ground.

 Brian shearing Lars

Brian shearing Bella


We also clipped toenails and gave the alpacas their annual CD&T shot.

It took about 2 hours to shear the three.  Not too shabby!

Here are the three post haircut.
Lars
 Bella
Bosox


Here is Brian in action!  I was only able to capture a small bit while he was working on Lars' front legs and neck.

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