Until it's shearing day when all the alpacas will lose those beautiful coats for a style more suited for summer heat.
We put the vacuum in the hay loft so the sound is up high.
We use a long hose to come from up above to avoid
having the alpaca's legs being touched by the hose.
The alpacas are restrained for the own safety as well as the safety of the shearer.
Nathan Good and Greg are pictured here.
Some alpacas really don't like the process of being sheared so they spit and spit a lot. A sock over their nose helps to keep the fresh fiber and people from being stained from the green goobers that they spit.
After the prime coat is sheared off the alpaca, it is carefully rolled like a sleeping bag. This is a new term for us known as "Noodling". This keeps the blanket in perfect condition making shirting much easier.
Then the "sleeping roll" noodled bag gets taped and weighed. Then put away for another day to be skirted.
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