Shearing day is quite possibly the most important day of the year for a fiber animal. Fiber animals are those who have been bred over centuries to grow hair/fleece/wool – it does not shed on its own and therefore it is our job to remove it for them so that they are cool for the summer.
This year, due to the Maryland stay-at-home order, we will not be holing a public shearing day. We are working on bringing this to you via video coverage and will announce the link here once it’s set up.
We’ll be shearing our sheep, alpacas, llamas. and goats. In addition to shearing, we will be trimming toenails, and doing a bit of dental work on the llamas and alpacas. You can see the fiber as it comes freshly off the animals, learn about skirting, sorting, dyeing, and see what harvesting fleece is all about.
Many people ask, does it hurt the animal? The answer is no! In fact, if you don’t shear annually, the wool keeps on growing and growing and growing and can be a real health hazard, so we shear once a year in the spring.