Thursday, 24 June 2010

Alpaca Shearing

This week we had "Mr Clipper" from the US visit us to shear all our alpacas. He has been touring round Europe and is finishing his season in Scotland. When we bought our alpacas a year ago they were already shorn so this event was a first for us. Luckily the rain held off till we were packing up. Thanks to our neighbour Roddy, we managed to get a few pictures of the process.


Putting a noose around each leg, then pull!


She's going no-where!


All our alpacas made this noise throughout except our stud who simply relaxed and closed his eyes. I think he enjoyed it!
video


Nearly done, anything for the weekend?


Nice work Mr Clipper


It was back to peat stacking the next day!

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Here come the girls

BBKing giving the girls the eye! Follow the leader

Our focus shifted back to breeding the alpacas last week and it seems BBKing has the hang of it now - he has covered all of our adult girls. We will repeat the process in the next week or 2 to check for spitt off's. (Female alpacas are good at knowing if they are pregnant and will be quick to tell the stud!)