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Wide Sky Ranch: A Santa Fe Alpaca Farm

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Shearing Day 2017

Rosetta and her girlfriends

Rosetta and her girlfriends

Another day of shearing is in the books now. Having learned much from the previous 3, we planned well and with the help of about 12 people including the shearer and his assistant as well as our hard working local volunteers, in two hours we had all the herd sheared, resulting in over 63 lbs of fleece. A few of the herd had their bottom teeth trimmed and no one complained all that much. We have one alpaca who complains all the times as she is sheared, but we expected it so it was no problem at all.

Currently I am preparing the rug fleece for shipping to Ingrid's Handwoven in Paint Rock, Texas. I handwashed about 3 lbs of white fleece to brighten it up and boy, did it turn out spectacularly. A ton of work doing all that by hand, but I am so very pleased with the results. By the way, the fleece which is designated for rug production is the fleece from the legs, bellies, and neck. This is fiber which lends itself perfectly to rugs, producing a durable product which is still soft to the touch.

Next I am going to be sorting out the prime fleece which can be seen in photo #3. This will be spun into various weights of yarn by our friends in Kansas. Some of the yarn will be sold natural while others will be hand dyed. By the end of this summer it will be available for knitting and crocheting.
Rosetta resting comfortably

Rosetta resting comfortably

Chance's prime fleece being wrapped up.

Chance's prime fleece being wrapped up.

The girls feeling much cooler without their overcoats.

The girls feeling much cooler without their overcoats.