.... Yep, we sure sheared 'em alright!
Just in time, too, because immediately afterwards it started getting up into the 80's. The alpacas sure are happy to be naked!
They all look different, of course, but the most dramatic transformation was Logan. A few days ago, I posted him posing in full fleece ... This is what he sheared out into:
Yes, he is super-duper dark, completely and totally SOLID silver grey.
Also, he still looks like a total rock-star. That, to me, is even more impressive than the color change. (He is harlequin, after all -- they're supposed to change color.) How many not-quite-one-year-old cria do you know of who still look kickin' right after shearing?
Oh yeah, that was the other thing -- he has this giant DEWLAP. His skin is very soft and loose (but not wrinkly!), which is said to be associated with very great density. That was the other mega rock-star thing about Logan: His fleece is positively gorgeous, and he sheared a TON of it.
Fiber photos to follow ... I need to figure out how to photograph super-dark fleeces. They aren't as easy as the lights.
K writes this stuff, for some reason that has yet to become apparent.