Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Shearing Day Is Coming!

Friday, May 8th   9:00 - 12:00

Shearing day is one of the most important days on an alpaca farm.  Shearing happens just once a year enabling the alpacas fiber to grow as long as possible.  Alpaca fiber is similar to sheep's wool, but is warmer, not prickly and contains no lanolin, so it is considered hypoallergenic.  The fiber is collected during shearing and is then sent to a fiber mill to be processed into roving or yarn.  Rick and Jeremiah from
Twist of Fate Spinnery of Portland, CT shear our alpacas each year.  

The photos below show the shearing of the blanket (both sides and the back).  
The blanket will come off in one piece and is also the 
fiber most used for yarn and roving.

If you would like to experience such a unique event, visit our farm from
 9-12 on Friday, May 8th, 2015!