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By Barbara Patterson
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Bad hair days a thing of the past at Golden Pine Alpacas


Barbara Patterson

Extreme Makeover: It was shearing day at Golden Pine Alpacas, May 2 and 3. Twenty-two alpacas were sheared over the two day period.

Alpaca shearing season is going strong for alpaca farms in Washington and Oregon. At Golden Pine Alpacas, we sheared 22 alpacas in two days. May 2 and 3 was ideal weather for shearing outdoors – very little wind and temperatures in the high 60s.

In previous years, the shearer brought two strong male assistants – one to hold the head, one the tail, while the shearer took off the fleece with the animal standing; total time about seven minutes. With little attention given to grooming, each alpaca was a perfect example of a bad, bad hair day. For weeks afterwards, I trimmed shaggy top knots and clipped tufts of fleece remaining on legs and tails of our alpacas, who became very tired...

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