Alpaca & Muscovy

Shearing Alpaca in cold wet conditions at Kensmyth Alpaca, Clay Meadow

Well our farm appeared empty for two whole days prior to shearing as we had to keep ALL the alpaca in to prevent them getting wet.. alpaca cannot be shorn when wet and shearing is an essential part of their annual husbandry and welfare.

With shearers normally coming from Australia and New Zealand as well as Ireland and the UK shearers, you simply have to be ready or you will lose your turn.

This means in for a few days to be dry for shearing and then, oh boy did the weather change, in for the following days as literally too cold to put out newly shorn Alpaca.

just to show how small a yearling is underneath the beautiful fleece – just look at that tail..

the before and after – good old Daisy caring for her crew. the wet chins are teething.. has to go too.