I kind of can't believe it. Yes, it is WAY early to shear in NH, but we have a pretty big herd to get through (this is Shearing 1 of 3, and that's ONLY alpacas -- sheep will get their own day this year). They might be a little chilly, but heat stress is actually more dangerous to them than cold, and besides -- we don't control the weather, and no matter what happens, you're bound to either shear too early and have a cold day or two or too late and have a hot day or two. Just the luck of the draw.
So, here are some "before" pictures of some of our fluffiest puffiest dudes. (Seriously -- these guys are packing on a TON of fleece this year.) The contrast should be pretty funny ... "After" pics to follow, once they have been transformed into denuded aliens.