Alpacas need shearing once a year, usually springtime.
There are many ways of shearing:
on the floor, on a table and standing up (the least preferable method).
Usually the alpaca is laid on its side, with the legs restrained at each end. This reduces injury to both alpaca and shearer.
One side is shorn and then the alpaca is rolled over and the other side is done.
At the same time, the shearer usually trims the toe-nails and any injections due can be given, which the alpaca is immobilised.
We offer shearing to local alpaca breeders with a small number of alpacas; date and price to be confirmed each year by the shearer. The only stipulation is that the alpacas must be dry for shearing, thus be kept under cover the night before.