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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Shearing Weekend - Finally!


This weekend we sheared five llamas - three on Saturday and two on Sunday. Here are some before and after photos of Chocolate Chip. Above is how he looked after blowing him out with the blower and below is how he looked after shearing.


Chip has the most incredible markings and a gorgeous fleece. His fiber is silver, gray, cream and reddish brown. You can see from the photo below how many little appy spots he has all over his body. He was a very good boy for his first shearing, too.

We also measured him and he came in at 37-1
/2 inches. Miniature llamas are 38 inches and under at 3 years old. Chip turns 2 on June 16th so he will probably grow too much in a year to be a true mini llama but foundation miniature llamas are 38-1/4" to 40" at 3 years old so Chip will probably finish out as a foundation mini llama. He's such a cutie, don't you think?!

12 comments:

Emily said...

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BeadedTail said...

Yes, Chocolate Chip is a cutie! I didn't realize that only their middle is sheared. That must be where the best fleece is.

tahtimbo said...

Chocolate Chip is a handsome llama. I was wondering, how long does it take to shear them?

Pink said...

Awwwww he's a beauty! When do you shear the rest?

RE Ausetkmt said...

awww look at his lil afro. and then you shaved it off. awwww...
he is such a handsome guy.

make sure you show us the rovings from this shearing. no doubt they will be absolutely beautiful.

so did he get a treat after he was sheared ? and how long did it take ?

frolicnfibers said...

What a gorgeous boy he is! I've been waiting to sheer mine until we get the new "shearing stall" done in the new barn. It's just about there...put the walls up today, and just waiting for hubby to build the gate. Then it's "break out the clippers"!

Rose Works Jewelry said...

He's an absolute cutie!

WillOaks Studio said...

I just love the way the sheared Chip shows those beautiful spots more clearly...yes, he's gorgeous!! How much fiber (weight?) comes from one little guy like this?

Daisy said...

Chip is a very handsome llama! Do you always dye the fleece, or sometimes do you use the natural color?

Pricilla said...

He is a sweetie! Here is my question: so how much uhm, whatever do you get from him? Is it roving? And how much yarn will that make.

He looked so fluffy before he was shorn....

Nancy said...

Such a handsome fellow, it looks like a poodle cut :)

Hot Rocks said...

He's just too funny! I love the look on his face after he has been sheared!