Island Alpaca 2nd Annual Shearing Day - April 2009
Enjoy photos from this past years Second Annual Island Alpaca Shearing Day, Saturday April 25, 2009! Here is a video from our 2011 Shearing day!
2009: Island Alpaca Second Annual Island Alpaca Shearing Day Open House was once again a HUGE success!
Thank you to all who came to watch and explore the full process of
harvesting the fleece from our herd and witness the start of the fleece to fiber
On this beautifully warm, sunny day we sheared over 40 alpaca. They
were thrilled with the work of our expert team, and are now cool and
comfortable creatures pronking in our pastures! Thank you to all of the
people that attended and made it such a fun event! We are especially
happy to announce the WINNERS of our Shearing Day Raffle; Marsha Gressler, of Oak Bluffs, won our new book for children: "Blue-Ribbon Alpaca", Matthew Barton, (11 y/o), of Vineyard Haven, won our Alpaca Fur Bear, and Kendra Bakerink, of New Bedford, won a $50 Island Alpaca gift certificate. Congratulations to all!!
A very special thanks
to our shearers, Matt and Jozi Best, our many volunteers, friends, and
staff members for their assistance; Kathleen Byrnes, Toni Chute, Anna
Marie D'Addarie, Sandy D'Amico, Barbara Dutton, Luke Eldridge Bartkus,
Philippe, Annabelle Grob, Johanna Leazott, Caila and Mael Morin,
Charles and Luise Ronchetti, Ralph Stewart, Douglas Touart, Phoenix
Russell, Pricilla Sinatra, Pat Waring, Heather Welch, and Erica
Wilkinson. We are forever grateful, and could not have done it without
Shearing Fun Facts: Alpacas are shorn just once a year
in the Spring. Each alpaca produces between 3 and 13 pounds of fiber
depending on age, genetics, environment and nutrition. Alpacas can be
shorn standing up or stretched out on the ground or a table. We prefer
to stretch them out, tying the front legs together and the back legs
together. This method allows the shearer to work faster and get a more
even cut, it is less stressful for the alpaca this way. Shearing time
varies greatly by the expertise of the shearer, but generally 10
minutes per animal is standard. Alpacas are shorn with the same
clippers that are used for sheep. Blades have to be sharpened and
oiled often. Because alpacas don't have natural lanolin oils like
sheep, the clippers need to be oiled more frequently.
Do mark your calendars for our Fourth Annual Shearing Day, April 23,
2011, 9 am - 3 pm. Refreshments served, and chilli available for purchase for
you to enjoy while watching our newly sheared alpaca showing off their
new haircuts. Our viewing area comes complete with picnic tables for
you to sit and relax!
farm store to see the end result of this great process. Find beautiful
roving, yarns, and locally produced garments from these wonderful
animals that graze in our pastures! Hope to see you at the farm!
Please sign our guest book to receive an email reminder about the
event! -- Need a place to stay, or to house your extra guests? Visit
our accommodation pages.
A very special thanks to our "official" shearing day photographer, Ralph Stewart.