Prairie Wind Alpacas

From White to Fawn

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   November 5, 2013 14:45

Onto the fawns

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Crimpy White Fibre

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   November 5, 2013 11:33

Crimp on some of the white fibre 

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Another Day of Sorting Fibre

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   November 5, 2013 10:35

We finished up with the fawns - all the fibre from the last 2 years has been sorted and is ready to go to the mill!

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Getting Fibre Ready for the Mill

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   November 5, 2013 09:32

Getting the last 2 years of fibre organized and ready to go to the mill

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Shearing Recap!

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   May 13, 2013 10:56

In 2 full days and 2 evenings - 20 hours total we got 30 alpacas - 12 adult males, 1 gelding, 13 females and 4 cria sheared.

 

But we don't just shear the alpacas, in this time we also give 86 needles, cut 240 toenails, cut 66 fighting teeth, sorted 30 fleeces,  and prepared 3 show fleeces!

 

Now after all that we have a herd of clean looking animals and a group of tired people!

 

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Shearing Begins

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   May 5, 2013 11:13

Shearing has began now that it's warmer enough outside.
We got 4 animals done Friday night, doing some more Tuesday night and then 2 full days this upcoming Saturday and Sunday.
We weight each alpaca before and after shearing and on average they loss 8-10 lbs of fibre (hair) after they are sheared. Don't you wish lossing 10 lbs was as easy as getting a hair cut?!

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1 down 29 to go!

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   May 3, 2013 19:16

First animal of the year sheared - 1 down 29 to go!

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Shearing 2011

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   May 17, 2011 20:13

It took 4 days and 8 people but we are happy to announce that we have wrapped up shearing for another year! This year we sheared 35 alpacas, 34 of our own and 1 from a local farm school. Over the 4 days there were 4 show fleeces, 105 needles, 140 sets of toenails, 10 sets of fighting teeth to grind down and 14 sets of front teeth to trim! Everything went smoothly over the 4 days and everyone, including the animals survived! Again this year Jennie sheared the animals, Sarah sorted the fibre and everyone else helped out where they could!

The day after being sheared Eclipse and Pandor left our farm, as they were purchased by someone in Southern Saskatchewan.

 

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Shearing 2010

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   July 23, 2010 23:05

 

 Shearing has come and gone for another year. We had a fairly wet spring but were fortunate enough to be able to keep our animals dry during shearing. We put in a few long days but were able to get all our animals sheared by the beginning of May. Once again Jennie sheared our animals, Sarah sorted the fleece, and Don, Katie, Bob, Kathy and myself helped out wherever possible.

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May 2008 - Shearing

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   May 17, 2008 18:39

May 2008
In May 2008 our niece, Sarah, took a sorting class. Now Jennie and Sarah work together and get the fleece off and sorted for processing while Don, Lorraine, Katie, and Sarah's parent's, Bob and Kathy, do what they are told!

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