Shearing #1 happened last Saturday. (Yes, we have three shearings this year ... That's what being a large alpaca farm does to you.) It was mostly pregnant females, so the real powerhouse fleeces are forthcoming, but we did shear out one cria who revealed a truly incredible transformation.
Remember Francesca Fiore, our very first ever Harlequin Appaloosa cria? ... Well, she'd been looking mighty fawn of late (though the tell-tale dark silver grey on her back legs still gave her away as Harlequin). I was honestly wondering if she might wait until her 2nd shearing to give us that coveted grey blanket.
Check it out .... This is what the Harlequin Appaloosas are all about, man.
... We have ~20 females bred for the potential to produce Harlequin Appaloosa this year, so expect many more of these transformation photos in the future ...
K writes this stuff, for some reason that has yet to become apparent.