Today the children helped with alpaca shearing. Each year, they learn something new or do something different. As I was watching, I realized that, depending on Mark’s school schedule, this might be Mark’s last year helping. He has already said that he plans on coming home for the day if he can though.
Then we realized how much Mark has changed in the few years he has helped. He went from just leading the alpacas to the shearers until now he leads the alpacas in and then helps get them to the ground to be sheared. His muscles are appreciated!
Mark is not the only one growing. Megan now helps clean up and can help with the alpacas instead of just holding the dust pan.
Andrea and Audrey have learned new jobs. They started out wrapping the fiber, but now they help flip the animals and take the fiber as it is being sheared.
And even though Adrian is does not have a big job, he is learning different parts of alpaca shearing. He helps calm the animals and is around if needed. What he does helps everything run smoothly.
This year, we all learned something new. We watched some Angola goats get sheared. Then, we compared the different fibers. The Angola fiber is very heavy compared to alpaca!