Hair salon with a difference
Rosemark alpacas get pampered
IT WAS time for the alpacas at Rosemark Stud at Woowoonga to line up for their annual haircut on Saturday.
For an added bonus, the woolly creatures were also vaccinated and had their toenails trimmed.
Rosemark’s Trish Wright said while the toenails and vaccinations needed to be done more than once a year, shearing time was a great time to do them as the animals were restrained.
This year, Mark and Trish Wright contracted Elkins Shearing from New South Wales.
Also in another first, the shearers used a table and placed the animals on their side to be shorn.
Mrs Wright said using a table could make life easier on the shearer’s back.
“It does have a drawback if you have larger animals, the stretch-out is limited by the size of the table,” she said.
“The shearer also has to have a larger vehicle to transport their equipment.”
As the alpacas are shorn, the fleece is put in various bags.
Mrs Wright said the samples in the small bags were sent away to be tested for fineness/micron and length.
“This helps determine the quality of the fleece,” she said.
“The prime/saddle fleece is bagged separately.
“This is the stuff that the spinners love to buy and use in their crafts.”
Mrs Wright said they sold the majority of our primary fleece to spinners.
“Some of the fleece is pre-sold before the animals are shorn,” she said.
“The neck fleece is then put into a second bag.
“This is good for felting or stuffing.
“It makes a comfortable pillow stuffing.
“Even the legs and scrap fleece can be utilised, for mulch in the garden or stuffing.”
SHEARING TIME: It’s all hands on deck at shearing time at Rosemark Alpaca Farm on Saturday.