The harvesting of this gorgeous fiber from our alpacas is a very special event for us. We shear our alpacas once a year. They produce between 4 – 10 lbs of fiber depending on size of alpaca, age, length of staple and density of fiber. We use every bit of the yearly clip right here in our Fiber Studio.
Shearing is not what I would call fun, for us or them. It is exciting to get your hands on all the fluffy stuff, but it can be stressful. The shears are big, sharp, loud and get hot. We take our time and try to do it with as little stress as possible for the alpacas. You HAVE to shear alpacas. They would die of heat stress if you did not shear them.