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Alpaca Shearing

Alpaca Shearing

November 20, 2023

Alpaca shearing is a vital part of an alpaca’s life. Shearing is an animal welfare issue and therefore one of the most important aspects of alpaca husbandry. Alpaca 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).

You can find a list of shearers here.


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