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Alpacas getting their annual haircut

You may have noticed that some of our alpacas have been looking rather fluffy lately? Here is Louisianna looking like a cute and cuddly teddy bear!

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The weather was getting warmer and it was time for the annual hair cut. Our regular shearer, Mike, came with his crew to the fields one Sunday morning and we got to work.

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He’s got such a gentle way with the alpacas and causes minimal stress for them. The shearing is very fast and the alpacas are back on their feet, a few kilos lighter, within minutes!

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We have had some absolutely stunning fleeces this year. Most of the fleece is still white, although we have a few light fawn and brown fleeces too.

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The outside of the alpacas fleece gets a little bleached by the sun and it is only when you shear that you see the true colour of the fleece. This is Dusty’s fleece and it is a gorgeous copper shade, whereas her two sons (Iago and Malachi) are totally different colours.

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Here is Iago after shearing with his little brother, Malachi. A few kilos lighter and much happier in the warm sunshine!

This year we are planning a very special project with the fleeces from my animals. Stay tuned!

Tracy and the alpacas xxx

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