Is Shearing Alpacas cruel?
No doubt you may have heard about, or even seen the video of alpaca shearing produced by PETA. While shearing is a stressful event for an alpaca, here at Sugar Hollow we use a professional shearer who takes great care to produce our harvest of fleece quickly and efficiently with as little discomfort to the alpaca as possible. Below is a youtube video of our shearer Jay Mariacher at work. Although the video was taken in 2011 it is an accurate portrayal of how he shears today. Additionally, click here for a link to an official statement from the Alpaca Owners Association which describes with much detail how NOT shearing an alpaca would be much more cruel than the 8 or so minutes of discomfort shearing causes. It contains a lot of information and is much more succinct than we could ever be. If you are concerned about alpaca shearing please take the time to read it.
It was an exciting day! We were at Market Days in downtown Waynesboro while back on the farm - our long expected cria was born! Fortunately our daughter Julia was there and able to attend the birth and everything went off without a hitch. Our newest arrival is a girl and we named her Cecilia after the Simon & Garfunkel song from the 1970 "Bridge over Troubled Water" album. She weighed in at 17.7 pounds and at 5 days old is running around the pasture trying to fend off our 4-month old boys Deacon Blues and Abracadabra who are very pleased to have a new playmate!
We are Jay & Kathy Brown of Sugar Hollow Farm Alpacas in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. Learn more about us here.