Friday, May 15, 2009
Tomorrow is shearing day on our farm. The alpacas are shorn once a year in the spring. We have a professional shearor who drives in for the day and does a wonderful job. We will have 2 other farms bringing their alpacas to our farm tomorrow to be shorn as well. We will have about 2 dozen alpacas to shear and hopefully some visitors coming to see what alpacas and shearing are all about. I was hoping that Lady (who is 362 days bred today) would have had her cria before shearing so we could have the cria shorn to take off it's cria tips and so the stress of shearing wouldn't cause her to go into labor or cause other issues like uterin torsion (when the uterus twists which is usually caused by rolling). We will probably have to shear Lady first and be very careful when doing it. Who knows...maybe she will decide to pop her cria out after shearing tomorrow. Stay tuned for before and after shearing pictures. It is always fun to see the alpacas in their full fleece and then naked. They don't even look like the same alpaca!
Posted by Mother Robinson at 8:08 AM