Yes it’s that time of year again when all our alpacas have their annual hair cut. Ben the shearer gave Tracy 24 hours notice before turning up so that she would have time to collect some helpers for the day.
After the beautiful weather, Tracy was sure everything would be okay, but then it rained, then it rained and became cold, then the wind picked up…!
Ben arrived with his helper and Tracy was assisted by Peter Garner (who recently retired from alpacas after selling Morden Hall Alpaca Farm). Tracy doesn’t like giving injections and so Peter took this task whilst Ben sheared and Tracy gathered the fibre.
Once neatly labelled and bagged, Tracy was upset to see our alpacas shivering. She had ‘one of her ideas’. The problem is her ideas are always really great or really rubbish, but until she’s tried them out, she doesn’t know which is which! Not wanting the herd to feel the cold, she took two bags of the 3rd grade fibre (which is usually sold for stuffing duvets) and made a warm bed for the alpacas in their field shelter. Did we mention the wind? The next day, 1/3rd of the field was festooned with bits of fluff – oops!
Well it’s been a few weeks since shearing and the alpacas LOVE their new bed! Even when the sun is shining, they’re often found lazing about in the field shelter. Most of the fluff has been collected by the local birds (who obviously know quality when they see it) and we can only hope that when it lines their nests, it keeps the babies warm and cosy.
Then last Sunday, Tracy trimmed their bonnets with the help of Alison. 10 were beautifully behaved but 4 were seriously unimpressed. It turned into a bout of alpaca wrestling: Tracy – V – Duchess (The Screamer), Fabyanne (The Kicker), Fantasia (The Spitter) and Happy (The Crusher)! Tracy won and all are now looking much prettier; Tracy has decided that she too now needs a hair cut!