The first step in creating the great products from alpacas is to shear them!
Our shearing at the farm is typically the second or third Saturday of April. We love to have visitors during that time to help out or just watch.
For 2018, we are set for April 14. See our Facebook event page for all the details.
Typical shearing day schedule:
|9:00||Shearer arrives and setup/Volunteers arrive for instructions|
|9:30 - 11:30 (approx)||Shearing|
|12:00 (or after shearing)||Break for lunch (provided for helpers)|
|After lunch||Fiber demonstrations|
What can you volunteer to help with?
- Animal Handling
- Gathering sheared fiber
- Sorting and skirting fiber
- Taking photos and/or video
On top of our gratitude, our volunteers can expect hot coffee/tea, water/juice/soda and breakfast/snacks during shearing time and a well-balanced lunch when done
Here are a couple of videos of past shearings to give you an idea of the process.