Do alpaca need to be shaved? Alpaca must be sheared annually. If not sheared the fleece will continue to grow for a number of years and cause distress. Occasionally some Suri alpacas are deliberately allowed to grow a two year fleece but their welfare – especially in hot weather – needs special attention.
Why are alpacas shaved? Just like sheep, alpacas must be shorn regularly to harvest their wool. The procedure is an unusual one for the animals and thus a source of stress.
Can alpacas be sheared? So, how do you shear an alpaca? You can shear the animal while it’s standing, and get a bunch of assistants to hold it in place. You can restrain it on a mattress on the ground and shear it. And you can tie it on a special shearing table that’s shaped like a bowtie.
What’s the difference between an alpaca and a llama? The biggest difference between llamas and alpacas is their size and the type of coat each of them has. Llamas grow a coarse wool coat, whereas an alpaca’s hair is longer and finer.