Alpaca shearing is a vital part of an alpaca’s life. Alpaca have been domesticated for the last 6,000 years and do not exist in the wild, as such they rely on farmers to ensure that their needs are met by being shorn every year. Shearing is an animal welfare issue and therefore one of the most important aspects of alpaca husbandry.
They can be shorn on a table or on the floor, both methods are safe for the alpaca and shearer. The alpaca is restrained, [legs and head] to ensure safety for alpaca and the shearer. It usually takes approximately 5-10 minutes an animal.
A mid side fleece sample can be taken by the shearer for testing. Most shearers will trim the toenails while the alpaca is restrained.
Fleece is the most valuable product of the alpaca and care needs to be taken in harvesting to present in the best condition. Ensure alpaca are kept in a clean paddock before shearing day (free from weeds, sticky seeds etc).
Alpaca fibre should be harvested under the best possible conditions, starting on shearing day by doing the following.....
• Clean woolshed or shearing area on shearing day.
• Shear main colour first to avoid colour contamination.
• Shear lowest micron first to avoid contamination of strong fibres.
• Blanket first shearing.
• Clean shed between animals.
• Clean skirting area.
Blanket fleece [across the body] should be sorted into separate containers [plastic or paper bag], some like to also keep the neck fibre separate. Seconds [legs and bellies] are kept separate in bins, they can be collected in separate colours. Fleece for shows can be laid out flat then rolled in fabric to keep the shape.
Below is a list of New Zealand shearers. If you are a shearer who has been missed or would like to be added, please get in touch. All shearers listed can include trimming toenails in their services.
|Mike Morgan||021 251 7742 firstname.lastname@example.org||Nationwide||Show cuts, Floor shearing|
|Nigels Shearing||03 327 8953 email@example.com||Nationwide||Show cuts, Floor shearing|
|Shear Pac||03 3278952 firstname.lastname@example.org||Nationwide||Show cuts, Floor shearing|
|Shear Light||021 034 9950 ShearLight22@gmail.com||Nationwide||Show cuts, Floor shearing|
|Shun Oishi||021 029 31789 email@example.com||Auckland, Northland, Canterbury||Show cuts, Floor shearing|
|Mike Ottaway||021 022 36850 firstname.lastname@example.org||Waikato Region||Table shearing|
|Keenan Scott||021 0335509 email@example.com||Cambridge||Table shearing|
|Leon Jovanovic||027 372 8860 firstname.lastname@example.org||Bay of Pleanty||Table shearing|
|Justin Bray||0278176646 email@example.com||Hawkes Bay||Table shearing|
|Janice Aldridge||06 752 0668 firstname.lastname@example.org||Taranaki to Wanganui||Show cuts, Table shearing|
|Eric Lister||027 325 8101 email@example.com||Palmerston North||Table shearing|
|Allan Oldfield||027 529 2491 firstname.lastname@example.org||Lower North Island||Floor shearing|
|Michael Matthews||027 337 8925 email@example.com||South Island||Floor shearing|
|Brendan Riddle||027 433 1094 firstname.lastname@example.org||Canterbury||Floor shearing|
|James Dixon (Aus)||022 614 7970 email@example.com||Canterbury, Otago||Floor shearing|
|Gus Patterson||027 303 0544 Patterson.firstname.lastname@example.org||Canterbury, Otago||Show cuts, Floor shearing|