Join Steve & Sue Heatherington as they talk through five questions to help you prepare for shearing.
At the right time. If you do it too early, the cold Spring nights can expose your alpacas, particularly if they are old or unwell. Dry weather before and during is necessary for good shearing. Be patient, the right time will come soon.
Be careful about the environment your alpacas are in prior to shearing. Removing access to plants like brambles, teasels, gorse etc. can make life easier when sorting fleece and handling the animals.
Clean, sharp and in good order. Don't leave it too late to get everything prepared.
Horner Shearing - Sheep Shearing Equipment
Suppliers of sheep shearing machines and equipment. We manufacture our own products as well as offering the full range of Heiniger, Lister and Supershear goods.
Horner shearing, as well as supplying equipment, provide a fast and efficient sharpening service for combs and cutters. They can also do service and repair of shearing machines.
The Mayo Original | Mayo Farm Systems
The Mayo Original Mat has been in use for 30 years and is still in working order. Providing cow comfort and a hygienic system for productive cows.
Alpaca Shearers | British Alpaca Society
When shearing - your animals should be kept as stress free as possible. Appropriate penning, power facilities, lighting and shelters will make the shearing experience better for both you and your animals.
Clear HERCULES PolyMax Bags 24" wide x 36" long 150 gauge
Clear HERCULES PolyMax Bags (size: 24" wide x 36" long 150 gauge) - Clear 150 Gauge Strong Hercules bags are ideal for a packaging where you need strength - Packed in 250's
Grip Seal Bag + WOP 5" x 7.5" x 200 gauge
Grip Seal Bag + WOP (size: 5" x 7.5" x 200 gauge) - Self-Seal (Mini-Grip) Bag with Three Write-On-Panels
[50 Pieces] Reusable Cable Ties, Canwn Nylon Heavy Duty Zip Ties Mini Flexible Cable Tidies Slipknot Straps(White): Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools
Shop [50 Pieces] Reusable Cable Ties, Canwn Nylon Heavy Duty Zip Ties Mini Flexible Cable Tidies Slipknot Straps(White). Free delivery on eligible orders of £20 or more.
These releasable cable ties come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses but are shared here as an example of the kind of bag sealers that could be used for fleece.
Gather the neck of the bag; fold it over and apply the releasable cable tie; and pull tight.
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What is your favourite shearing time-saver?