Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The Whites come to visit

This is me with my niece Mia, topping the field, we wanted to get it done before the weather turned.  This was Mia's first ever tractor ride!  Having alpacas is turning into a lot of fun......

Eden Valley Alpacas, First Shearing Experience

The first picture below is Blanche being Sheared for the first time at Eden Valley Alpacas.  Lets just say she didn't enjoy anything about the process!  

When the shearer turned up just as the light was fading, we weren't sure what to expect.  The two guys were very efficient and had obviously got their routine fine tuned.  They worked very well together and after setting up their trailer they proceeded to manhandle our girls one at a time onto the shearing board which was resting on the back the trailer as seen in the picture.  The legs were restrained and the shearing/toe clipping commenced.   

There was quite a lot of spitting going on but we managed to escape unscathed.  Jet was quite calm throughout the ordeal but Bonita and Blanche were clearly not happy at all.

Below are the girls this morning, looking very different, we now have over 5kg of Alpaca fleece to sort out and as we're new to the whole business I'm trying to find out what's the best thing - any advice would be welcome.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Gemma and I testing the new topper

Our Girls

Close up of Jet