Alpacas need to be shorn annually. This is usually done in spring or early summer so that the alpacas have grown enough fleece back before the weather cools again and so they have their fleece removed before the weather gets too hot. Where you live influences your window for shearing, for example in some coastal areas of NSW where there is not the risk of frost or severe cold, shearing may start earlier than in other locations in NSW. Talk to an experienced breeder in your area to find out when alpacas are typically shorn in your area. Local breeders may also be able to advise you on alpaca shearers that are in or visit your area. When breeders only have a small number of alpaca, it may be beneficial to liase with other breeders locally to organise shearing simultaneously in order to secure the shearer’s services.
Shearing and Shearing Shed Guidelines
The AAA has developed shearing and shearing shed guidelines
Shearing during COVID
All alpaca businesses must assess the risks associated with exposure to COVID-19 and implement control measures. For the alpaca industry, shearing is an essential service/practice and unlike shows cannot be canceled. Therefore the AAA recommends that all farmers assess the risk that COVID-19 presents to the health and safety of yourselves and your workers and implement control measures to minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The AAA has prepared a set of shearing guidelines to assist members and their contractors to stay COVID safe during shearing season.
Each farmer should complete the “Shearer Essential Service Sample Letter” ( modify if they wish) on your own letterhead Shearer Essential Service Sample Letter
Keep a record of names and mobile number or email address of all workers for 28 days using an activity register such as this – Shearer Covid-19 Activity Register
Shearer Business Directory
There are a number of shearers that work around Australia – use this list to find a shearer.