Shearing

 

 

Our on-farm store features a broad selection of locally produced and imported alpaca products.  All of the raw fleece, roving, yarn, duvet batting, ‘Signature’ woven throws and hand-knit products are produced from fleece harvested from our own alpaca herd.  Additional alpaca products such as clothing, scarves, socks, accessories, slippers and home décor are imported from Peru.

Kensington Prairie Farm is a working farm and home to 58 Huacaya Alpacas, 1 Suri alpaca and 22 Registered Polled Herefords.  In all breeds, we utilize the best genetics available and breed only our top females to ensure quality offspring.  Poor quality animals are not utilized in our breeding programs.

Alpacas are fleece animals.  Each spring we send a small fleece sample from each alpaca to a testing lab in Australia.  These test results are a valuable stock management tool, which assist us in annual breeding decisions and alpaca shearing preparations.  After shearing, we sort and grade our fleece into six grades, two lengths and twelve colours.

Only the finest fleeces are made into yarn and finished goods.  Course or robust fleece is recycled as hanging basket liners or garden mulch.

Shearing occurs once a year here at KPFarm, we are open to the general public and we invite you to bring your family and friends. Our expert shearer and fibre sorter are happy to answer any questions that you might have during the process. In addition, we invite you to view our latest production of alpaca yarn.  After sorting and grading the fleece post-shearing, we stockpiled until we amassed a record 700 lbs. of premier Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 fleece in a multitude of natural colours.  It took over a year to process this amount of fleece and we are proud to showcase our best yarn ever to discerning knitters participating in Woolith Fair.

During Shearing, our Spring Sales Event will be in full swing and we invite you to browse our large selection of alpaca socks, accessories, clothing and home decor products. Don't miss our sale on in-house yarns (up to 30% off all locally raised alpaca yarns) and enjoy additional discounts on select products.