Many Thanks to Johnny for taking these photos:
and to Don for taking these photos:
The 17 Alpacamundo Alpacas are ready for summer, including Young Silas who had his very first haircut. :-)
I do want to clarify that the alpacas are restrained for safety... theirs and ours. They are not stretched out on a rack. The restraints do not hurt them.
Like most things, there is a certain amount of skill and experience involved, but it is the safest and most efficient way to cut the fiber off.
Alpacas do not roo or shed so they must be sheared. They have been bred as fleece-production animals since Inca times. Being sheared is part of who they are. The fleece must be taken off in the spring before the weather gets too warm. If this is not done, the alpacas will suffer heat exhaustion or worse.
Most alpaca lie quietly during shearing and greatly appreciate having their heavy coats removed. Imagine how you might feel after taking off a heavy wool or alpaca sweater on a +80F day. ;-)