The Alpacas Have Finally Been Sheared!

Hear ye! Hear ye!

It was a bit of a chore getting my two boys sheared this year. A guy had committed to coming out and shearing them in early May. The day of the shearing I talked to him. He was going to be late. Fine. He never showed. I called a couple more times….never answered his cell phone, never showed, never called back. True professionalism.

I scrambled to get another shearer. This company shears alpacas all over the continental US. They promised to get me in, but it would have to wait until they came back from out west.

Finally, today, they made it!  Strong and Nugget were not happy campers. The guys are super gentle with them, but alpaca brains are not huge. They spit and peed and hollered through the shearing.

Before pic.

IMG_4581Beginning. Beginning NugBeginning Strong1During.

During StrongDuring NugAnd, finally, after!!! It only took about 15 minutes to shear each alpaca. And they immediately got up and started eating.

After

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24 Responses to The Alpacas Have Finally Been Sheared!

  1. Laurie says:

    They look so hilarious with all that fuzz off! Do they prance around enjoying being a lot lighter?

    • Lauri says:

      It took them a few minutes to get over being upset, but once both were done and they had checked each other out to see they were ok, the prancing began!

  2. Aussie Emjay says:

    They’re so long all stretched out like that. Are you intending to spin and knit next?

  3. Lurkertype says:

    So scrawny and nekkid!

    “And what do you do?”
    “I’m a traveling alpaca shearer.”

  4. They look like cartoon animals now, lol! But what a lot of work to shear them! I’ve sheared sheep, and at least they’re [usually] docile while you hold them down and buzz them. With alpacas, it sounds like you’re risking life and limb when you take off their fuzz. Happy summer!

    • Lauri says:

      They get them immobilized pretty quick. Lift them right off the ground and down onto their sides! Then gently tie the feet and pull the ropes. Alpaca is going nowhere. And one guy is always with their head so they don’t thrash around.

  5. crankypants says:

    Oh man I thought the puffball Before pic was cute, but the After pic just made me laugh!!

  6. That’s the way I acted when I got my first haircut …

    They look a lot thinner, and I’ll bet it feels better.

  7. Ahahaha, wonderful!

  8. kimkiminy says:

    I had to laugh. They look so different now!

  9. Jaypo says:

    Heeheee! Balloon art! They’re so cute either way!

  10. Emmy says:

    Spit, pee and holler……That would make a superb summertime cocktail.

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