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Adventures on the Farm

16 Jun

This is Fancy Pants before her spa treatment:

Fancy Pants 1And this is After:

Fancy Pants 2Quite a difference, yes? I am continually amazed at how different the same animal looks once you cut all their hair off – one brown boy from yesterday is totally black under all that hair! Don’t think I got a picture of him, but if Awana did I’ll post it another day.

Here’s my view of the shearing operation when the alpaca is almost finished –

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAFrom left to right, Dave is trimming toenails, Awana is holding the head while Mo trims the topknot to make him look snazzy. This is a moment when I can stop and take a breath before the dismount operation. I really should find an extra body to take some video.

This shot will give you an idea of how much hair the alpaca grows in just one year:

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThis is Lucky, who has one dark spot in an otherwise white coat. The fleece is ~4″ long, not the longest of those we’ve sheared so far, and not the shortest – some of the older females only have 1.5″ of hair, all of their extra calories going to nursing babies instead of growing a long, lush fleece.

So. The shearing continues. 65 done 30+/- left to go, including “Glowie,” who will be last as she is a total nightmare but they won’t say exactly why…

 
 

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9 responses to “Adventures on the Farm

  1. thetattootourist

    June 16, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Can I get in on that Llama diet?! Seems to work magic!

     
    • Sofia Leo

      June 25, 2014 at 9:50 am

      LOL! It only works if you’re sporting several inches of hair all over your body…

       
  2. behindthemask

    June 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    It looks like a challenge. 🙂

     
    • Sofia Leo

      June 25, 2014 at 9:50 am

      It has been an epic project. Almost done!

       
  3. 3kids2cats1divorce

    June 16, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    What sweet faces — I had no idea they were so cute!

     
    • Sofia Leo

      June 25, 2014 at 9:51 am

      They CAN be adorable. They can also be screaming, spitting nightmares.

       
  4. Awana

    June 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I used to think they were cute, now I think they are just curious after a bite, a kick and three spits!! You should see my “sleeper hold” when the going gets rough! However, it is fascinating and a barrel of fun! IF….you like hard work. I am extremely lucky to have this opportunity and can’t wait to do more farm work!!

    Spots and stripes—I like them!

     
    • Sofia Leo

      June 25, 2014 at 9:51 am

      They’re still cute, just not up close 🙂

       

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