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Sunday, July 2, 2017

shearing alpacas

We shear alpacas to harvest the fleece or fiber. 
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. 
The putter downers are the guys in the background of this picture. 
They hold the alpaca while the ropes are put on its feet. 
Sometimes they practically have to pick the animal up!


            We all work well together, and get the job done. 
Even though the alpacas resist, kick, and spit they're happy in the end. 
They're so much cooler for the summer  and it only happens once a year.