School-based trainee Renae Scott helps shave an alpaca.
School-based trainee Renae Scott helps shave an alpaca. Chris Chan

Alpacas receive close shave from well trained pit crew

ALPACA shearing is a tricky business.

Cedar Galleries' 24-strong herd had a shave on Saturday.

"Alpacas are more complicated to shear than sheep and have to be strapped to a table for their own safety," explained co-owner Sandy Walsh.

"It's a bit like a pit crew crowded around a racing car.

"Once the shearer has finished removing the fleece, then there are half a dozen people each with a specific job to do in a couple of minutes.

"And then the next alpaca is brought in," she said.

The two toenails on each alpaca's foot were clipped and their bottom teeth were trimmed if necessary.

They also received their vaccination and vitamin needles.

Their fleece was divided up for laboratory testing and for sale.



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