Shearing on the go: Mobile operation makes short work of alpaca shearing

Magic Valley 
By: Mychel Matthews
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture
 
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TWIN FALLS — A slight breeze rolls clumps of brown and white fleece across the ground. Rubber barn boots are piled near stalls, waiting to be slipped over shoes. Adults and children alike peek anxiously into stalls where a quiet buzz and occasional humming can be heard.

Something resembling a big-eyed, four-legged alien steps out of a stall and into the sunlight. “Who’s next?” a voice echoes from inside the stall.

It’s shearing time at Lost Shaker Alpacas southwest of Twin Falls.

“Hummmmm. Hmm,” crooned Katie, an alpaca owned by Rochelle Younger’s family, as she watched several dozen people scurry around the barnyard.

Inside a stall, humming turned into a startled cry as 1-month-old Cuba was placed on padded floor mats.

“Does this one need a tetanus shot?” shearer David Shalala hollered, as he ran his fingers through Cuba’s short fleece to calm her.

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