Saturday 31st October 2020 was a big day for our herd and for us! We were shearing alpacas at Tin Dragon Cottages.
If you are a home spinner – and there are many of us in Tasmania – you will know how difficult and painful it can be to remove grass seeds from alpaca fibre! So we prefer October for shearing, not just to avoid the heat of summer – but also to avoid the grass seeds and buzzies.
Toffeemont breeds alpacas, hosts farm tours and specilises in alpaca shearing and husbandry. Notice how Byron uses a shearing table. Also he doesn't place a sock over the alpaca's mouth. This is much kinder on both the alpaca and the shearer.
This year Janelle and Byron drove two of their stud alpacas over to Tin Dragon Cottages. (So now in 2021 we are just weeks away from up to five crias being born!)
So, when Toffeemont alpacas-shearing team visit again in October this year (2021) we are hoping to have four or five crias at foot!