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.