Consequently, they require shearing once a year - preferably in Spring - which will assist them to handle the heat of the impending summer.
At the end of last month we had our three alpacas - Kris, an adult male, Miranda, mother and adult female, and Minky, Miranda's cria (baby alpaca), who was born on the 3rd March 2014 - sheared.
Shearing alpacas is a specialist chore. And finding a shearer who is willing to travel is not always easy. Last year we only had two alpacas to transport to the shearer, but this year, as there were three of them, we had to try and find someone to assist us, who was willing to travel to our alpacas. Thankfully, Chris, from Helderstroom Alpacas in Villiersdorp, together with his staff and equipment, was willing to make the 360 kms round trip to our smallholding in order to assist us with the shearing.
|Minky - getting the leaf blower treatment to|
remove any gritty sand which could cause the
shearing blade to get blunt
|Miranda - the shearing on the one side of|
the saddle area is complete, now it's time
to turn her onto her other side
The fibre in the saddle area is the most prized fibre - it is called the "1st", the neck is called the "2nds" and the legs are the "3rds".
|Kris - getting his nails trimmed. Note how|
his legs are restrained to prevent him moving /
kicking anyone during the shearing / nail
This shearing only needs to be done once a year. It will certainly ensure that your alpacas are more comfortable during the heat of summer, and, as they are sheared in Spring, there is plenty time for their coat to grow back in order to keep them warm the following winter.