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Sunday, July 19, 2009

More Llamas Sheared

It was nice and cool here this morning and we didn't have any plans for today so after doing our chores we sheared Kemui Yama (the appy) and Belles Era (the black llama). We plan to show Kemui at the LOCC Fall Classic Llama Show on Labor Day weekend so we wanted to shear him to shorten the grooming time and to make him look taller and more proportional. See how much better he looks compared to the pre-shearing photo?



And we wanted to shear Belle because she is our wooliest female and she looks soooo hot and she has been acting like she is pregnant. After getting all that wool off her we're fairly certain that she is pregnant (her tummy is hard and sounds like a ripe watermelon when you pat her) so she is due the end of September or early October. The gestation period for llamas is approximately 340 days but we have had them go 375 days. So she could deliver a normal healthy cria any time from the end of September to the end of October. This will be her first cria and the first grand-cria for her sire Tempis Fugit (our Halter Champion). She is bred to Rising Starr and it will be his first cria, too, so we are very anxious to see what this little one looks like. A lot of firsts wrapped up in one little cria!



At any rate, both llamas are enjoying their new hairdo's and loving how nice and cool they are now!

So I think that is 11 or 12 llamas that we have sheared this summer! We still have more to shear and we may try to get several more done before the end of July. Nice cool mornings are best but a cool evening works well, too.

11 comments:

RE Ausetkmt said...

pretty llamas.
lots of nice wools too I bet

askcherlock said...

They are beautiful, aren't they. I'm sure it is a lot of work but you truly seem to enjoy it. Glad you share this experience with those of us who have wondered....

storybeader said...

you've got a growing herd there! They are so different from any other animal... kinda look like a camel... They're so regal!

Melissa said...

Oh they look so naked. Do you always only shear the middle, and not the end, or top, just curious?

WillOaks Studio said...

It's amazing how their proportions change after shearing!! And a new cria on the way sounds so exciting!! And we can watch it all unfold right here--thanks so much!

Daisy said...

Congratulations to Belle! I cannot wait to see her bebbeh cria.

Pricilla said...

Awww, a new baby. I just love llamas. I know I keep saying that, but I guess it's like you and my goats....

LizzyT said...

I love the llamas and I love their new hairdos. It must be a relief for them to lose all of that!

BeadedTail said...

I bet they are much cooler with their haircuts and how exciting to have a cria coming!

Meghann LittleStudio said...

WOW! What gorgeous llamas you have! I had to laugh at the "sounds like a watermelon" comment on her belly - I'll take your word for it....I did have a very funny mental image of you going around and tapping on all of the llama's bellies, LOL. Best of luck with the pregnancy :)

Rajesh Kumar.Chekuri said...

Looking funny.......

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