So here we are, now at day 355 of LadyBug's pregnancy and we're still waiting for her to give birth to her cria. Although 345 days is considered average, gestational lengths vary, and there is no reason for us to worry. We just need to be patient.
Thankfully, LadyBug and the rest of the herd have been shorn! Our recent heatwave was hard on them, but we did our best to keep cool - including playing in the water from the hose and trying out the kiddie pool. Luckily, our heatwave has broken and we back to enjoying our typical Pacific Northwest temps.
These guys would have been miserable if they were in full fleece! Imagine wearing a 2 - 5 pound wool coat in 90 to 100 degree temps.
So shearing day came just in the nick of time. We hire a professional shearer. She and her capable team do the shearing and toenail trimming (and teeth trimming if needed). Our family and friends help with alpaca and fiber handling. We had a great team and were able to get 42 alpacas sheared in a day!
It's a relief to have shearing done for another year. The next step will be to skirt and evaluate all those fleeces and prep them for processing. More on that process later!
About the author:
Always an animal lover, alpacas entered my life in 2005.
I enjoy all aspects of life with alpacas - from caring for them, to training them, spinning and knitting their wonderful fiber, photographing them, and even writing about them!