Island Alpaca 3rd Annual Shearing Day - April 2010
Zora being Sheared!
The girls waiting to be sheared
A beautiful sunny day, with a host
of friendly staff, family, and friends, and a lot of advance
preparation, Island Alpaca sheared a total of 67 alpaca. (Included in
the mix were a number of other alpaca belonging to other islanders, and
to some owners who currently board their alpaca at the farm.) The
Best's, from New Hampshire were at hand shearing the alpaca, with
assistants Cody Fifield of New Mexico, James Grady and Steve Phillips of
New Hampshire and Maine. Other helpers were Charles Ronchetti, trimming
536 toenails, Nancy Ronchetti and Neil Hartery and Douglas Touart
sorting and bagging fleece as it was shorn, and Kathleen Byrnes weighing
and documenting fleece. Evelyn Ronchetti kept the area clean and clear
so that the fleece was kept separate. Sue Currier, Phoenix Russell, and
Philippe Morin, prepping and delivering the alpaca, Sandy D'Amico and
"Ba" Dutton and as our hosts, and Louise Ronchetti, knitting, Heather
Welch welcoming visitors to the store, and Caila Morin and Tonya Thomas
welcoming visitor at the entrance. Pat Waring and Toni Chute helped with
the food, and finally Mike Tullos served the role of "farm
photographer" for the day.
just under 8 working hours, roughly 7 minutes per alpaca. to yield over
three hundred pounds of fleece, much of which is destined to go to a
New Hampshire fiber mill this week, for processing into our yarns that
we will sell in our farm store, and offer to local knitters to produces
clothing and accessories for our store. And the rest, to the local
alpaca fiber cooperative to produce many of our socks, gloves, hats and
The farm also had door prizes as we do every year.
Winner of the Island Alpaca blanket is Rose Cecil of Edgartown, and
Megan Wiener of Cumberland, RI won a gift certificate, and Missy
Willoughby of Edgartown, won the Alpaca stuffed toys.
Click here: Alpaca Farm Shearing Day, to see some photos from last ears event! You can also see our first annual cria-shearing event on our site here.