Alpaca shearing day at Rainbow End Farm

Published: May. 18, 2018 at 6:51 PM EDT
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Rainbow End Alpacas got a little haircut Friday morning. The public was invited out to watch the roughly 30 animals be sheared.

"We think it's a really good opportunity for the public to learn a little bit more about animal care and alpaca care,” Rainbow’s End owner, Mary Lynn Verley told TV6 News. “Also we try to inform people how important shearing really is. It's more than just giving them a haircut"

When alpacas are shaved, it is easier for their owners to spot things tumors that were originally hidden under fur.

Many people came out to watch and learn more about the process including State Representative Beau Lafave.

"So I've been out here helping herd alpacas into the shearing shed. It's been a lot of fun,” Lafave said. “It's a lot easier to herd alpacas then it is State Representatives."

Once the animals were in the shed and sheared, their fur is cleaned and ready to be sent for further processing. Rainbow End sends their fur to Minnesota where it is turned into items that can be sold at their store.