One of the great things about the new place is that it has a shearing shed. For the last 5 years we’ve been shearing in the open or under canvas.
Of course, nothing is simple so one of the first challenges is to convert the existing two-stand sheep operation for alpacas
We’d have liked to have used the existing shearing plant, but we’ll save that for next year – rigid bar fittings may be fine for sheep but are no good for ‘pacas. So this year we’re sticking to our electric handpieces.
Come the first morning for shearing and another great step forward – runways. We’ve never had proper runways before, we’ve always had to lead the animals into pens a few at a time or use the old maternity paddock with its catching area. Things are now on a much bigger scale with the main girl’s paddock nearly a kilometre away. Possibly taking photos while riding the quad is not something to recommend…
I’d like to be able to say that we got through them all on the first weekend but there was a lot to learn with the new setup and we barely averaged 4 per hour in the first session, but we’re getting there.
35 degrees wasn’t big help either, but we’re most of the way through now.