It's been in the 80s the past few weeks and the alpacas were getting uncomfortable. Paco would stomp and wade in their water trough and we'd set up Atreyu with a mister during the day to sit by and keep cool. It took awhile but we finally found a shearer to come out and cut their fleece for the summer. Our shearer was Joe Moore, out of Western NC, and if you are in the South Eastern US, I would highly recommend him.
First up was Paco. To say that Paco is uncooperative would be an understatement. He's untrusting, rowdy and likes to spit. They had to carry him up because he wouldn't walk on the lead even with Atreyu leading the way.
But once strapped down and stretched, he had no where to go. He could still scream and carry on though.
Paco is a Suri, and is very soft. Compared to Atreyu the amount of fleece given was very small, but it's dense and beautiful.
The boys helped to gather up all the fleece as it was cut. It was pretty windy, so they had some catching to do!
All done! He had to be carried back to the pasture as well before he was set loose. I am sure he's much cooler now!
Then it was Atreyu's turn. He's much older, gelded and has been trained. So he was very well behaved.
His fleece was pretty thick since he's a Huacaya. We got about a half a bag full from Paco and 2 over stuffed bags from Atreyu.
I bet he feels 15 lbs lighter now!
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