Most frequently asked questions are answered on this page. If you are still unsure of what services you need or have further questions, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
To start the process, you can connect with us either through email or over phone and we will start to go over what services you are in need of and how to get ready. After deciding on a tentative date, we will send you an information letter along with a release of liability that will need to be signed and returned. Once the date is set and documents are signed, the rest happens on your day of service.
Alpacas produce one of the most luxurious and versatile types of fiber in the world. Be it used for textiles, home goods, or even insulation; fiber can be a very valuable resource. Some people will process the fiber themselves to use, others will send it to a mill to be processed to sell.
Alpacas and llamas are not native to North America and are not accustomed to the hot climates of the United States. By shearing the animal, primary concerns such as developing heat stroke or skin problems can be mitigated to prevent the need for medical attention. It can also be an additional benefit to their health by seeing what’s under the fiber and doing an annual checkup to look for common abnormalities.
Except for special circumstances, all alpacas are shorn on the ground in a 4-point rope restraint system. When doing a full shear, the blanket is shorn in two pieces; one from each side. Seconds are separately sheared from the blanket and thirds. For the thirds, all fiber is shorn off except the top of the head and the tail; this includes belly, britch, cheeks, and the entirety of the legs. If a show cut is desired, stove piping legs, fanning tail, and a bobble head can be done with the addition of a show fleece.
All adult llamas are generally shorn standing up for the safety of all helpers. We use a 2-point rope restraint system held by the halter against a wall, fence post, or tree. Depending on the demeanor, we usually do a show cut on this type of animal; stove pipe legs, fan tail, and leave a bobble head.
Rates for service charges are subject to change
Our primary scheduling is done Friday through Sunday for shearing and transportation. Shearing is typically done March through June depending on your climate and transportation can be done year-round. With advanced notice, we can accommodate other days of the week.
Currently, our service radius is 500 miles for shearing and transportation being based out of Northern California. Upon request, we can accommodate longer distances with advanced notice. We are a family business and are not on the road year-round.