(with apologies to Monty Python)
This year the shearing operation has hit the road. James picked up a portable table from a breeder who left the industry. I say portable, what that actually means is liftable by two people with lots of grunting and groaning.
Anyway, today we get a new challenge, a nice small farm not far from us – nine alpacas and two llamas. We’ve never shorn a llama before, we’ve never even handled a llama before.
We spoke to a number of other shearers, got some tips and went for it.
So, we now know that you can shear a llama on an alpaca table – but it’s a tight fit.
We also know that it takes five strong men to get a full-grown llama to somewhere that he doesn’t want to be…
But I’m sure that they felt a lot better for it afterwards.