About 9:00 AM we arrived.
It was the beginning of May, and there was a chilly wind.
We walked up to the barn, through the door, and inside.
Our adventure begins here.
Adorable looking alpacas waiting their turn for the shearing table.
Sarah compares the fleece color to a chart for registering purposes.
Before they're sheared, Alex and David blow as much dust as they can off with a blower.
Rebecca leads them to the shearing table....
On the table. It provides a safe and clean way to shear the alpacas.
They're almost completely immobilized when they're on the table.
The fleece is bagged and saved.
It's rather dusty work, hence the bandannas.
We used scissors to trim the wool around their eyes (so they could see) and on the sides of their faces where their halter sits. Basically, we gave them haircuts. *grin*
Every once in a while, Sarah would enter the "salon" to either put an ear tag on a young one or ultrasound an expecting female. Don't worry, the ear tagging doesn't hurt them. *smile*
The young ones who were born last year were the most fun to trim. For the most part, they just stood still while we worked, unlike some of the adults. One customer got a lightening fast job, because she insisted on spitting the entire time. No worries, she didn't get me - I made sure of that. *grin*
Samuel and Alex watching us work and eating...again. *wink*
And a short video montage...enjoy!
It was one of the most fun days I've ever had, and I'd do it again.
In fact, Lord willing, I'll be there next year! *smile*
: :Thank you to everyone who picked up the camera! : :
Happy Trails, y'all!