Alpacas shed some fleece at annual shearing event

Langley Times     
By: Troy Landreville
Photo: By Troy Landreville

Photo Caption: A female alpaca is held down while being shorn during Kensington Farm’s annual Shearing Days, an event open to the public April 6 and 7 at the farm on 248 Street in Langley.

Original content from Langley Times.

Alpacas were given a close shave, whether they liked it or not, at Kensington Prairie Farm in Langley recently.

The farm, a locally owned breeder and producer of award-winning alpaca fibre, invited the public to attend its annual Shearing Days April 6 and 7.

An all-female shearing team, accompanied by some farm staff, sheared 100 animals over three days on the farm’s newly designed shearing table, explained Kensington Prairie Farm manager, and owner’s granddaughter, Deprice Martens.

She and her farm staff of six were be on hand to help accomplish this three-day feat.

After shearing, staff ‘skirted’ each fleece to remove the coarse parts, sort by colour and general grade, noted farm owner Catherine Simpson, a certified as a qualified fibre sorter.

Read the rest of this story, view the photos and watch the video at Langley Times.