We were busy all day helping to shear alpacas.
There are many jobs involved in the process.
The head holder works closely with the shearer
getting the alpaca in the position it needs to be
as well as keeping the alpaca from flailing around.
It slows down the process of shearing significantly (the shearing, I mean).
The cleanup crew sweeps up the discarded fiber
during and after each alpaca is shorn
and resets the rope that holds the halpaca for shearing.
They hold the alpaca while the ropes are put on its feet.
Sometimes they practically have to pick the animal up!