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Shearing Day Take Two

25 May

The next morning, I started all over getting the llamas shut in.

Aurora

This time, I just put all three of them in the barn.

Aurora, Maybeline, and Odie

It was “easier”.  Whatever. I got it done despite goats and llamas and rain and geese.

Aurora and the geese

Then they got sheared!  Maybeline was first.  She threw a hissy fit and refused to go into the trailer and stanchion.

Maybeline

She actually wasn’t too bad once she got to just stand there.

While Maybeline was getting taken care of, Odie and Aurora waited by the gate.

Odie and Aurora

Maybeline was quick to take off as soon as we got her back in the barnyard and wrestled the halter off of her.  She will be much cooler now.

When we switched llamas, someone decided he should come out and supervise.

Popcorn

Aurora was next.  She went into the stanchion, but she just does not like to be touched.  Poor girl.

Aurora

At least she only had a barrel cut.  I did that because she struggled so badly last winter.  This will hopefully keep her cooler this summer, but let her stay warm over the winter.  She immediately took off for pasture when we turned her loose.  I was worried about how thin she is after the horrible winter, but she isn’t actually too bad.  I’ll try to sneak her some extra feed, and she did get wormed, so hopefully she’ll finish picking up a bit more weight.

Finally, we did Odie.  She is reliably okay.  You might say she’s my no drama llama.

Odie

She was also a lot calmer than the other two when we put her back in the barnyard.  She even posed to show me how nice she looks.

Before she took off for pasture, she decided to flop out in the dirt.  That helps to soothe the itching.  Newly sheared llamas are full of itches for a few days.  Notice those neatly trimmed toes too.  They all three got the full treatment.

Here they are in their summer finery.

All three ladies were happy to be in pasture after two days of confinement.

Maybeline

Aurora

Odie

Bring on summer heat and humidity!