For the alpacas, it means getting ready for shearing. At Magic Valley Alpacas, we shear the end of May. We have had the same shearer from Utah come to do our shearing for many years, and he remembers our alpacas from year to year. Some have quite the reputation, like Morgan, who screams as if she is not going to survive. And Jewell, who spits great volumes of green goo, as if she knows this will insure her survival. The rest are fairly calm about the process, even though it offends their dignity a bit. By the end of May, they are glad to shed their warm coats for the summer.
We were pleased last year when our shearer told us our alpacas had the cleanest fiber he had seen in a long time. That is one of the last steps before shearing to make sure our fiber is the best possible for producing yarn and rugs. Last year, we took our herd off of the pasture and kept them in a smaller paddock. This kept them much cleaner. So last week, we again brought them in to their dry lots for the last month before shearing. We will make sure the lots are kept clean of manure and excess hay so that their fiber has as little foreign matter as possible.
Next week, I will tell you about our plans to upgrade our pasture. Please contact me for remarks or questions.