Delaware farm holds annual spring shearing for alpacas

Ocean City Today      
By: Kara Hallissey
Photo: By Kara Hallissey

Photo Caption: Fifteen alpacas on the Nuevo Mundo Farm in Selbyville, Delaware, which is owned by Liz Ferguson and Jose Palma, had their coats sheared on Wednesday morning.

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Fifteen alpacas on the Nuevo Mundo Farm in Selbyville had their coats sheared on Wednesday morning.

This annual springtime event at the farm owned by Liz Ferguson and Jose Palma occurs before warmer weather rolls in because alpacas do not shed their coats and can overheat.

“The four of us started three weeks ago and we will be shearing seven days a week until the end of June,” said Joel “Jay” Mariacher, a professional shearer from New Hampshire. “We hope to be home by the Fourth of July and in that time, we will shear 3,500 alpacas, 1,200 sheep and some goats.”

Mariacher has already sheared animals in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina. Next, his team will visit farms throughout Delaware and Maryland.

Shearing 15 alpacas on the Nuevo Mundo Farm took about four hours on Wednesday and produced approximately 49 pounds of fiber, Ferguson said.

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