Alpaca shearing open house at Black Ash Acres. It was a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I was surprised that there weren't more people there, but we went during the first half. Hopefully more people came through during the last couple of hours.
82 (if I'm remembering correctly) freaking alpacas, plus a Llama, 2 Angora goats, lots of cats of course, 1 or 2 dogs. It's a full house. I think I'll start with 2 alpaca.
They also have a store on the property, that sells knitted goods, wool, etc.
- 8 people (that I noticed) per animal, depending on the size. Everyone rotating and giving each other a break.
- Shearing, trimming nails and teeth, if needed.
- A person, trimming shaved legs, tail, whatever else.
- A few more come in when it's time to flip the alpaca over, shear the other side, and then flip them back on their feet when the shearing is done.
- Vaccinations, de-worming, etc.
It's quite the process. People from neighbouring farms, and even out of town come to give a hand with the once a year task.
Did I say how much I love the country? I could see myself on a spread like that. It was a beautiful day. Warming up nicely, as time passed. Quiet. Animals. I got nuzzled by a couple beautiful, black boys, who were sheared the day before. I'm still in major like with alpacas. Hopefully someday soon. More cats are on hold, especially after Kai, made me loose 2 years off of my life, by falling from a second story window yesterday morning. What a way to start the day. She's fine by the way. Her tail was poofed out, otherwise I think she was just stunned and thinking "what the heck happened here?"
Till next time,