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Alistair

  • Joined Sep 2012
How do you shear a llama?
« on: February 27, 2013, 09:37:53 am »
For those who don't know, I used to be a shearer, not any more mind, well not properly anyway, I've just been asked by a freind of a freind if ill shear his llamas this year, so in best tradition I've said yes, I'll give it a go, never done it before, I assume you knock them down, hold them down (I'd guess this is a two person job) and then shear them, where do you start?, I'd guess it'd be like a sheep I.e. down the breast bone? And do you need to get the fleece of in one?

I know bugger all about llamas!

YorkshireLass

  • Joined Mar 2010
  • Just when I thought I'd settled down...!
Re: How do you shear a llama?
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2013, 11:25:22 am »
Carefully!


Shearing Llamas

Alistair

  • Joined Sep 2012
Re: How do you shear a llama?
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2013, 01:27:09 pm »
Cheers  :thumbsup:

Have to get some pulleys and rope then

FiB

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Bala, North Wales
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Re: How do you shear a llama?
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2013, 04:28:26 pm »
not neccessarily ?  How much bigger are they than alpacas? My neighbours have alpacas and her brother (who is a shearer) does them like sheep.  I think singing shearer does too??

Alistair

  • Joined Sep 2012
Re: How do you shear a llama?
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2013, 04:37:28 pm »
Dunno really, never had a go on one,  from that video they look a bit big, I think it may be a tad difficult to hold one sitting up between your legs?, he's had them sheared before so I guess he's au fait with the process of holding them down etc, anyway should be fun  :excited:

sokel

  • Joined Jun 2012
  • S W northumberland
Re: How do you shear a llama?
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2013, 01:30:51 am »
Never done one myself but my friends used to have a 2 Llamas, they where rehomed last year after his wife died.
His 2 where very tame and just stood there and let them clip them just the same as I clip the horses out 
Graham

bigchicken

  • Joined Nov 2008
  • Fife Scotland
Re: How do you shear a llama?
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2013, 08:24:42 am »
Google, u tube, might help. Most seem to shear with the animal standing up seems to be the less stressful way. I would think it is going to be pretty strange for you. best of luck.
Shetland sheep, Castlemilk Moorits sheep, Hebridean sheep, Scots Grey Bantams, Scots Dumpy Bantams. Shetland Ducks.

SingingShearer

  • Joined Mar 2010
  • South Yorkshire
    • Singing Shearer
Re: How do you shear a llama?
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2013, 10:11:37 am »
Depends on the size.

Fi, yes I have done some alpacas mostly just shear them like a sheep but you get the odd nervous one that need special care.

I know a old friend of mine used to shear llamas and camels stood up just held on a halter.

If you can keep them calm then things will go a lot easier, start tying them down and the screaming starts and all the others get nervy and things start to go wrong.
As you will know when you shear a sheep they are relaxed it is just the same for alpacas and llamas.

Hope this helps,
Philip

PS Take plenty of oil as they are usually sandy.

Alistair

  • Joined Sep 2012
Re: How do you shear a llama?
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2013, 06:52:32 am »
Cheers SS, should be fun!

 

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