Alpaca Shearing Day

Shearing is done until 2010!
Harvest day on an alpaca farm means collecting the alpaca fiber we've spent a year growing.
This is what its all about! 

Shearing Day 2009
* photo by Nancy Wallace

For more about alpaca fiber and alpaca origins, see "About Alpaca Fiber".

Collecting fiber and sorting it on shearing day is the culmination of 12 months of production, and it determines how it can be processed.

We do a preliminary sort as we collect fleece from the shearing station into one of 4 categories:

  • Prime blanket fleece
  • Neck 
  • Lower regions (belly, apron, lower leg)
  • Waste

Everything is collected based on these categories. As a rule, blanket fleece and most neck fleece is processing quality; some neck fiber will be set aside for felting; lower areas are sorted by color and prepared for processing into rugs. Very little ends up in the waste bin!

These are some of the rugs made from our fiber. You can see pictures of individual rugs and some of our custom yarn in our online store by clicking the link.

Rugs on display at Barboursville Gift Gallery
Rugs on Display at Barboursville Gift Gallery

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Collecting a blanket fleece for showing
Shearing day 2009
* photo by Nancy Wallace

To collect prime blanket fiber to enter in a fleece show, it is usually sheared in a single piece onto a flat surface in which it can be rolled, keeping the entire fleece intact. In this case we used corrugated cardboard.

Not much fleece is discarded

This is all the waste fleece (along with a little hay swept from the shearing station) thrown onto the compost pile after shearing 21 alpacas. There will be small amounts moved from one category to another during the skirting process, but only a tiny bit will be added to the waste pile. And some of the fleece we discard is recycled by discriminating homemakers.


Our returning phoebes decorate with alpaca
Phoebe nest in barn
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Hair from the horse's tail and at least 3 colors of alpaca fiber are used to make the phoebe's nest strong, soft and warm -- and fashionable!

Guy Noir before shearing
GuyNoir Before shearing

Guy Noir ready for the shearer
Shearing Day 2009
* photo by Nancy Wallace

Guy Noir shorn
Guy Noir after shearing

* Thanks to Nancy Wallace for use of her photos on this page. Nancy is an artist who lives and works nearby. She dropped in on shearing day with her camera to see what it was all about. See photos of her beautiful landscapes and stills on her web site: 

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