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Shearing

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).

 

Tips

 

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.

List of Shearers

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. 

 

Nationwide

NameContactLocationStyle
Nigels Shearing03 327 8953 [email protected]NationwideShow cuts, Floor shearing
Shear Pac03 3278952 [email protected]NationwideShow cuts, Floor shearing
Shear Light021 034 9950 [email protected]NationwideShow cuts, Floor shearing
    

North Island

NameContactLocationStyle
Shun Oishi021 029 31789 [email protected]Auckland, Northland, CanterburyShow cuts, Floor shearing
Mike Ottaway021 022 36850 [email protected]Waikato RegionTable shearing
Keenan Scott021 0335509 [email protected]CambridgeTable shearing
Leon Jovanovic027 372 8860 [email protected]Bay of PleantyTable shearing
Justin Bray0278176646 [email protected]Hawkes BayTable shearing
Janice Aldridge06 752 0668 [email protected]Taranaki to WanganuiShow cuts, Table shearing
Eric Lister027 325 8101 [email protected]Palmerston NorthTable shearing
Allan Oldfield027 529 2491 [email protected]Lower North IslandFloor shearing

 

 

South Island

NameContactLocationStyle
Michael Matthews027 337 8925 [email protected]South IslandFloor shearing
Brendan Riddle027 433 1094 [email protected]CanterburyFloor shearing
James Dixon (Aus)022 614 7970 [email protected]Canterbury, OtagoFloor shearing
Gus Patterson027 303 0544 [email protected]Canterbury, OtagoShow cuts, Floor shearing