HOW IS ALPACA FIBRE OBTAINED?

Generally speaking, alpacas are sheared using knives or scissors once a year during the shearing season, although production per camelid varies significantly.


Baby alpaca is obtained the first time an animal is sheared and offers the best quality, as the fleece is softer than that obtained from later shearings. The word ‘baby’ does not refer to the animal’s age, as they must all reach adulthood at the age of three before they can be sheared for the first time.