"Shear" business... It's harvest season at alpaca farmPosted on May 2, 2012
The processing stage, of course, begins with the shearing of the alpacas, who are willing participants. It is serious business for the Malloys and the handful of helpers who came to their barn on a chilly April morning. The group included two professionals -- Peter Connelly of Colorado and Scotland-born Neville Leverett -- who travel the country shearing alpacas
One alpaca renders about five pounds of fiber which, in turn, can produce 50 pair of socks, said Jeff Gonzalez, who is the marketing director. “We certainly don’t want any waste - -which is why we have the experts doing this,” he said.
After the animal is sheared the wool is sorted into grades for the mill process.
The herd at Flaggy Meadow is among some 500 head of alpacas on three farms within 25 miles of Springfield, the Washington County seat.
Flaggy Meadow Farm, which Shawn Malloy has vowed to transform into “an agritourism destination,” is further diversifying with the production of free-range eggs, greenhouse vegetables and farm-raised tiliapia.