My first Attempt at Alpaca Shearing!

I took a half day off work today to arrange to get my ‘pet’ alpacas sheared…I have been a bit nervous in anticipation for this day to come.
You see, I never grew up on a farm. I have ZERO experience with livestock, herding animals, or man handling anything larger than a small dog…
How did it go?

Being a parent, today reminded me of those times when you are in the presence of another parent’s kids. You take your kids to their house on a play date. Their kids are extremely well behaved. Good manners. No snotty noses. Quiet. Plays well with the other kids and shares the toys.

Then there is your kids. Screaming, snot running everywhere, grabbing toys from other kids and essentially being little monsters. Most parents have had this happen at some point. That embarrassing moment when you realize that your kids are a little too wild for the surroundings…

That is what happened today. I got warmed up by having another local alpaca owner meet at my place to shear her two very tame alpacas. How tame were they? They were petting zoo alpacas! They were extremely relaxed and didn’t kick up a fuss at all. Perfect little angels!

Once we were done with her two well behaved animals, we got to work on our wild, untamed, and fairly crazy looking alpacas! The smallest of the bunch was the easiest catch and though he kicked up a fuss, he went fairly well.

Then came Donkey.

Why do we name this alpaca Donkey? Because he is an ass. Alpacas spit cud like camels do. All Donkey could do was work on coughing up cud, screaming like we were killing him, and trying at all times to spit the vile stuff my way or at anyone that looked at him.

See him there? Giving you the evil eye? Watch out. He’s about to shoot green smelly garbage your way…

Eventually, after what seemed to take a half hour, Donkey was sheared, got his shots, had his fighting teeth clipped, and hooves trimmed. Alpacas look hilarious once they are sheared! Almost like marionettes…

He doesn’t look so tough now!

How did it feel to finish the job? I felt like a wrangler…

I’m going to post one of the videos on Youtube and add it tomorrow! You’ll get a laugh seeing me get my first bucking alpaca ride! More fun than the fair…

Here is the video!

Thank you John and Tanis for driving so far to help out with today’s activities! Muchly appreciated…

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2 Replies to “My first Attempt at Alpaca Shearing!”

  1. It was a great day. No one was left bleeding or bruised from the Alpacas. Although Donkey did sing quite the solo. Even my border collie Mij and Plum the Alpaca had great sniffs nose to nose at each other. It wasn’t such a far drive, we used to drive farther than that to go grocery shopping in the states. If you will have our crew back we will come up for more visits this summer. Your place recharge my soul a little.

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