To people who raise alpacas, like Jim and Connie Root of Rootin’ Tootin’ Alpacas in Houston, April means sheering season. Wet weather almost pushed the season into May, but last week the Roots’ animals got their annual trim.
The fur, called fleece or “fiber,” will be used in the making of clothing, blankets, rugs and other items.
Jim said Twizzler, a male who was sheered, yielded about three pounds of high-grade, or No. 1 fiber, and about another pound or two of lesser-grade fleece.
The Roots have 31 of their own animals to sheer this year, and Jim said he’ll also do some sheering at a couple of other area farms.