We had our best shearing ever last Saturday. Sarah Rawlins of Fall Line Fiber always does a great job for us. I know that shearing on a table is much harder on the shearer, but my knees thank her for using it anyway. Next to a good shearer, you need good friends that will help out on this important date at an alpaca farm. It’s not the hardest work in the world, but it certainly is work by every definition.
We did things a little different this year. I normally sort my fibers into 3 grades: the blanket, upper back legs and neck and then the belly and lower legs. Our friend, Carolyn Hitchcock from Cameron Mountain Alpacas, is training to be a certified fiber sorter. As we were pulling fiber off the animals it was brought over to her at her sorting table. All the fiber was then sorted into different grades based on color, micron, consistency of primary and secondary fibers and other things. I was very pleased with our overall harvest and this year, for the first time, we have black fibers. Can’t wait to start working with those.