After a successful and uneventful shearing last year, this year added the additional complexity of 5 new llamas, none of which we had worked with during shearing.
Happily, everyone did well and there were no problems! Following are some pictures of this years shearing activities. You can click on each picture to enlarge it.
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Overall, a tiring but successful day. We collected two types of fiber from each camelid (Blanket, and then legs and neck). The blanket is the most valuable because it is also the heaviest and densest, but the leg and neck can also clean up nicely as well.
We used large trash bags for the collection, and marked each with the llama's or alpaca's name using a silver Sharpie pen (easy to read on both the white and the dark trash bags), and whether it was A or B fiber. Our current plan is to process and spin the fiber ourselves when the house is finished.
Take a look at our House Pix page to see how we're progressing!