Paso Ligero’s 31 animals are a lot cooler now as the spring is finally starting to warm up this year and they all have their “haircuts.” Jamie Jones was again our shearer for the 4th year, and he did an outstanding job. He and his assistant Matt, along with all of the help we could muster, took care of shearing a total of 45 animals on May 10th. Our great friends the Stoners from Big Rock Alpaca Farm, also here in East Berlin, brought their 14 suris to be shorn by Jamie as well.
Jake, Josh, Kelly and Allen were absolutely awesome help not only on shearing day, but the day before as well, pitching in to help do everything from sweeping out the barn to bringing the donuts to manning the ropes and fleece bags. No one can ask for better friends! And the Stoners even talked their friend and hand spinner, Erin Kopp, into coming to help as well. Thanks, Erin!
I haven’t finished cataloging and weighing all of the 2011 fleeces yet, but I saw how full the bags were, and some of the animals astounded me with their heavy fleece blankets. I am thrilled that my nutrition and management program seemed to have done well at helping the Paso Ligero alpacas to produce so much of this luxurious fleece in the past year. My 2011 business plans include better work on marketing and working with my fleece. Hand spinners and crafters interested in raw fleece are welcome to call and set up a time to come and visit and check out the raw fleeces I have for sale. While a majority of my animals are white, I do have some fawns and browns as well.
Please watch the website, as Kelly Stoner and I are working together on some possible classes on needle and wet felting. We also take products for sale to some local events. We just had animals and fleece products and demonstrations at Brown’s Orchard and Farm Market in Emigsville on May 14 during their Honey Bee Festival. So watch for more event listings where you can find us!
Contact Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 816-0533 for more information on raw alpaca fleece for sale.