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Shearing Day

21 May

Wouldn’t you know it–just hours after my post went up yesterday, I got the call from the llama shearing that he would be here to shear llamas today!  Yay! Wait.  That means I had to get the llamas shut in before he got here.  Luckily, all three girls had come up from pasture and were in the barnyard.

Aurora

Keeping them in the barnyard was easy.  Sorting them out and shutting them in is another story.  That’s not easy when you have a barnyard full of goats and llamas.

from 2017 because it was already too dark to take pictures

Luckily, the stars were aligned, and I got them in one section of the barn.

Odie, Aurora, and Maybeline

I gave them some breakfast.

Maybeline

Then I gave them second breakfast to try and keep them less cranky while they waited.

Odie

Finally he arrived and the girls got naked!  We started with Aurora because I was afraid she might try to jump the panels and escape.

She started good.  Then he actually started shearing.  That didn’t go over so well.

She was horrible and screeched like someone was killing her.

I chose Odie next because I thought he deserved an easy llama after Aurora.

Odie was the perfect picture of llama cranky stoicism.

It didn’t take long at all for her to lose all of her fleece.

And then there’s Maybeline.  She had the potential to be the absolute best or the absolute worst.  Two years ago, she just stood there and he sheared her without even tying her up.  Last she, she kicked, spit, bucked, and everything else she could do to make things horrible.

This year was a good year.

Look at how heavy her fleece is.  She really has to have this shearing to keep her from overheating.

She was also really good while he did her hooves.

Maybeline and Aurora were quick to leave the barnyard and get lunch.

Aurora

Maybeline

Odie soon followed them out to pasture.

Odie

Now that they have been sheared, we’re ready for summer!

Cuts!

13 Jun

It was time for the llamas to get their hair cuts!  That means, I had to get eveyone shut in to prepare for it.  Tony was easy peasy.  I just gave him his food and shut the door while he was eating.

Tony Llama

Luckily, the girls are pretty nosy and like food too.  Before I even added pans of llama feed, Odie had gone into the greenhouse to check out the hay that the goats hadn’t eaten.

Odie

Maybeline and Aurora were quick to follow.

Aurora and Maybeline

Then it was time to get sheared.  Last year, Maybeline was amazing for him and just stood in the garage while he worked on her.  This year, her personality change was on full display.

She was quite naughty.  So much so that I asked if he had an extra charge for llamas being a pain in the butt?

Next was Odie, and she was pretty good.

Aurora was next.

She decided to lay down.

It’s not like shearing is painful.  Then she screamed and kicked and threw a total hissy fit when it was time for her hooves to be done.

Tony was pretty good too.

They all look much cooler now!

Of course, the first thing they do is go for the dust bowl to have a good roll.  That haircut leaves them itchy for a few days.  Still better than getting overheated.

I still don’t know if Odie and Maybeline are going to have crias.  Llamas are notorious for hiding that information.

That is definitely a job I’m glad to have done.  I’m also going to say that having them sheared lets you really see how they are doing for weight.  The shearer did say that he was seeing a lot of skinny llamas after the horrible winter we had, but Aurora and Tony are actually looking good!

That is also a huge relief.

Summer Haircut

27 Jun

I literally called the llama shearer before Tony was delivered because I knew the hot weather was going to start, and I wanted to make sure he got sheared.  Monday evening I got the call that he was passing by and would stop in to shear Tony the next day.  I shut him in the garage (luckily because we had more rain and we don’t want wet wool) and waited.

Tony Llama

Tony was none too thrilled, and he did do a bit of kicking as the wool came off.

At one point I thought he’d look like a pony if we left a long mane on him.

He finallly settled down a bit and was interested in watching the llady llamas out on pasture.

He looks a lot different!

I will say the shearer was quite impressed with Tony, and I think he was a bit disappointed he wasn’t going to be going to shows anymore.

I might have to think about offering stud services and turn my garage into a llama brothel.