Alpacas need to be shorn each year — and we’re here to help!
The best time to shear is in spring, just before the grass seeds mature. That’s because grass seeds can contaminate an alpaca’s fleece.
Here are a few bonuses included in the price of shearing:
- Monitor and maintain toenails
- Check and trim teeth if needed
- Administer routine injections*
- Give you a head’s up about health or welfare issues that we notice
*We are not vets. Rosehaven shearers don’t prescribe medication, but we can administer on your behalf.
What to expect from your Rosehaven Farm shearer
Animal welfare is our top priority. With your alpacas’ health and safety in mind, we treat your Alpaca with care and respect as if they were our own.
We can shear your alpacas at your place or ours. If we’re coming to yours, here’s what you’ll need to provide:
- Penned alpacas: please gather your animals in an accessible area, close to where you’d like the alpacas shorn
- Power: if you need us to bring a generator, please let us know in advance
- Helpers: please arrange some humans to help with loading/unloading animals and fleece collection
- Bags for fleece: plastic rubbish bags work well
What’s not included in the price
- Excessive fleece: we expect to shear 12 months’ worth of growth. If your alpacas haven’t been shorn in ages, please let us know. We’ll still shear them, of course — but we’ll have to allow more time. Long fleeces also add wear and tear on our equipment, so there will be an additional charge.
- Rounding up or managing your animals: to prepare your alpacas for shearing, please round them up into a penned area, nearby to where we’ll be working. Catching, penning or moving animals is not included in the cost of shearing.