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Alpaca Shearing

Alpaca shearing is a crucial aspect of alpaca husbandry that  maintains their health and well-being.

A TopKnot shearing day has 3 parts (click each to learn more)

Why Farms Choose TopKnot

  • Professional & polished shearing

  • Clear communication

  • Stress-free experience

  • Comprehensive care

Biosecurity Considerations

  • Equipment Disinfection: We disinfect all equipment thoroughly between farms to prevent the transmission of diseases from one location to another.

  • Proven Method: Our disinfection process includes a proven method to eliminate bacteria that may come in contact with the equipment during shearing.

  • Rubber Overshoes: Our team wears rubber overshoes, which are also disinfected, to ensure no disease is transmitted between farms.

Weather Considerations

  • Rain Preparation: Monitor local weather forecasts leading up to shearing day and take precautions if rain is forecasted. Keeping animals dry and inside before shearing day is essential.

  • Wet Alpacas: While we can shear wet alpacas, it adds complexity to the drying process for the fiber. Preparing in advance helps streamline post-shearing tasks.

  • Cancellation Policy: If you decide to cancel due to rain or lack of indoor facilities, we can recommend another shearer. Rescheduling may be challenging due to our tight schedule during the season.

Take a look behind the shears

Other Tips for the day

  • Shearing Area Setup:
    Provide a clean, dry area with a solid surface for setting up two mats/shearing stations.

    • Concrete is preferable for easy cleaning during the shearing process.

    • Ensure a minimum of 20 feet between tie-off points for pulleys, though flexibility is maintained to adapt to various farm setups.

  • Animal Preparation:

    • Keep animals dry and corralled in a holding pen close to the shearing area.

    • To facilitate the shearing process, ensure alpacas are dry, as shearing damp animals can complicate fiber drying before bagging.

  • Animal Care Before Shearing:

    • Keep animals off water for 12 hours before shearing to ensure cleaner, drier fiber.

    • Consider withholding food on shearing day until after shearing to minimize animal restlessness, fights, and jumping, resulting in less spitting and spit-up.

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