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Shearing Day Celebration
April 28, 2018
1 Head of the Pond Rd
Island Alpaca Co. of Martha's Vineyard
Join Island Alpaca for our 11th Annual Alpaca Shearing Day Celebration.
Date is confirmed! Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10-4, Rain or Shine.
Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRrM1rfVi8I to enjoy our video from a prior shearing. Not to miss!
You're invited to our special fun and educational event. Get up close to these gentle, curious creatures to learn about the fleece to fiber transition and the benefits of alpaca ownership.
Fun for all ages, and perfect for those thinking about investing in alpaca or for the new breeder!
Shearing Fun Facts: Alpacas are sheared just once a year in the Spring. Each alpaca produces between 3 to 13 pounds of fiber depending on age, genetics, environment and nutrition. Island Alpaca shear the alpaca stretched out on a thick rubber mat the ground or a table. Tying the front legs together and the back legs together. This method allows the shearer to work faster and get a more even cut, it is less stressful for the alpaca this way. Shearing time varies greatly by the expertise of the shearer, but generally 6 minutes per animal is standard. Alpacas are shorn with the same clippers that are used for sheep. Blades have to be sharpened and oiled often. Because alpacas don't have natural lanolin oils like sheep, the clippers need to be oiled more frequently. Visit their farm store at 1 Head of the Pond Road, in Oak Bluffs to see the end result of this great process. Find beautiful roving, yarns, and locally produced garments from these wonderful animals that graze in their pastures! Refreshments and door prizes! We are conveniently located by bus, bicycle, car or air.
We hope you can join us for a fun, furry, family-friendly event!