On April 9th, 2017 the alpaca girls gave up their year’s growth of fiber. This was not a day too soon as they were already starting to feel the approach of warm weather. See the before, the after and the fiber!
Photo courtesy of The Roanoke Times – Bill collecting the Primary (1st quality) fiber into a bag as the team shears. Shearing held at A Goode View Alpaca Farm, owned by Jim and Lisa Beck.
Fun fact: As an alpaca is sheared, the fiber is sorted and bagged based on quality: Prime (first quality), second and third.
After the girls were sheared, they were definitely lighter:
- A view of Brownie’s Primary fiber (first quality), ready for processing. Way to go Brownie ..almost 5 pounds of Prime!
- Ruby – 6.7 pounds total fiber sheared
- Lily, a lot lighter -10.4 pounds total fiber sheared
- Saffron, looking cool and comfortable – 8.8 pounds total fiber
- Connie, still beautiful – 9.4 pounds total fiber sheared
- Brownie, loving the lighter feel – 10.8 pounds total fiber!
Sheared and resting in the sun
Here is a sample of the end product of 2016’s shearing:
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