Alpacs and Llama, Clipped for the Summer.
We got the last "big" Spring/Summer animal chore done last night, the shearing of our two alpacas and llama. Again, our friend Grant came up to help (9 months pregnant isn't really a good time to wrangle Camelids...) and we got them done.
Ben on the right, Jerry on the left, these guys got the "poodle clip", we left fuzzy feet, heads, and tails on them. For our amusement, and because they look most like cute muppets this way.
Drama llama got a full clip, since last year we pretty much only got the blanket off of him. His white was SO white underneath!
I had JUST finished skirting the fleeces from the sheep too, now I have these ones to skirt, clean up, and send in. I think I need to read up on skirting alpaca fleeces a bit first though. I definitely bagged the blanket portion of the fleece separate from the other parts, which I know is key.
The blanket fleece from Ben, nice and rich brown, and pretty clean, surprisingly, alpacas LOVE to roll in the dust!
A lock sample from Ben's fleece. Nice staple length, soft too. As far as alpaca fiber goes, this isn't top notch prize winning alpaca, but its nice. Average fiber pet alpaca is still nice stuff to have around.
37 weeks! Happy weekend everyone.