Easy alpaca shearing has traveled from east to west coast shearing and buying fiber. Eric Tongate (owner and shearer), Jonathan Dow (head man), and Coral Brockman (fiber sorter)
Eric has been working for four years at Serenity Farm Alpacas in Raywick, Kentucky, managing a herd of 200+ alpacas and processing fiber at our local mill. With thousands of animals shorn Eric continues to raise his standards for quality shearing each season.
Jonathan has been working with the alpacas for the past two years running heads and helping with herd maintenance. Understanding proper camelid handling, Jonathon provides safety and comfort for the alpacas and their breeders, making shearing day as safe and efficient as possible.
Coral has been sorting fiber on a daily basis. With professional training, Coral has learned the process of sorting and grading. With high standards in the alpaca fiber industry, it is important to understand the requirements for all types of fiber.
We gently restrain the animals on a set of mats with ropes around both front and back legs. Then while shearing the animal, fighting teeth are being cut. We do NOT trim toe nails, although we can upon request for an additional fee. After animal is shorn incisors will be cut if needed. We allow time after animal is complete for breeders to give shots and cut toe nails.
Animals should be clean, dry, and penned close to the shearing station. Breeders are responsible for providing at least two able bodies. One to bring animals in, one to collect fiber.
Any fiber you are selling will be sorted and graded during the shearing at no cost to you. If you do not wish to sell any fiber but would like to have it sorted and graded there will be additional fees. Also if you want to have your fiber processed into yarn, we can do so as well.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.