Island Alpaca Farm: 8th Annual Shearing Day Festival

Island Alpaca Co. of Martha's Vineyard - Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

This event will feature some of the area's finest alpacas. More than 70 alpacas are scheduled to be on hand for shearing and public viewing.

Bring the family for an hour or two of fun, and education. Meet the alpaca and enjoy a day with island friends. For those interested in the alpaca lifestyle, this open house event will enable you to understand better the alpaca investment, and ask questions about how to best get started, setting up farm facilities, alpaca nutrition and herd management, financing, and what to do with all that fabulous fleece!

Experience the fleece to fiber transition first-hand! There will be ongoing spinning/fiber demonstrations too as well as an ongoing video presentation. Observe the expert shearers as they work their clippers through the alpaca's fabulous fleece, without any harm to the animal. You may also purchase the yarn from specific Island Alpaca Farm animals, as our farm store will be open all day! Find beautiful roving, yarns, and locally produced garments from these wonderful animals that graze in our pastures!

Refreshments available for you to enjoy while watching the newly shorn alpaca showing off their new haircuts. The farm's viewing area comes complete with picnic tables for you to sit and relax! Admission: $5/person. We hope you can join us!

Shearing Fun Facts: Alpacas are shorn just once a year in the Spring. Each alpaca produces between 3 and 13 pounds of fiber depending on age, genetics, environment and nutrition. Alpacas can be shorn standing up or stretched out on the ground or a table. We prefer to stretch them out, tying the front legs together and the back legs together. This method allows the shearer to work faster and get a more even cut, it is less stressful for the alpaca this way. Shearing time varies greatly by the expertise of the shearer, but generally 7 minutes per animal is standard. Alpacas are shorn with the same clippers that are used for sheep. Blades have to be sharpened and oiled often. Because alpacas don't have natural lanolin oils like sheep, the clippers need to be oiled more frequently.

This event was fun and informative for individuals of all ages! $5 entry fee

Date: Apr 25, 2015
Start Time:10:00 AM
End Time:5:00 PM
Organized by:Island Alpaca Co. of Martha's Vineyard
Address: 1 Head of the Pond Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Phone:(508) 693-5554
Email: Email Us