PatricksPastures

Alpaca Products

Denton, Texas On Etsy since 2016

PatricksPastures

Alpaca Products

Denton, Texas | 64 Sales

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Sales 64
On Etsy since 2016

About Our Herd and Product

Patricks' Pastures Alpaca Ranch is located in Denton, Texas. The first Saturday of April each year, PPTX harvests its alpaca fleece as part of its Shearing Festival. Master shearers are brought in from New Zealand who are artisans in their own right. We consider them the equivalent of the brewmasters of the finest beers.

In any given year, between 70-150 alpacas are shorn between 7am - 5:30pm. A cadre of helpers and paid staff are brought on to herd, harness and bring the alpacas to the shearing barn. Each animal has a microchip which is read and verified and compared to its registration papers - registration is based on DNA identification. The alpacas are then gently led by their handler one-by-one into the shearing area where they are gently laid down by the handling team. The head shearer commences to shear and roll from the spine to the stomach - we call this the barrel. This is where the finest fleece is always found. A headsman is the coordinator of the entire process. Several assistants collect the fleece as it is rolled off and place it in a primary bag, labelled to match the alpaca's name and number. Then the legs and neck are sheared. One bag is placed inside the other and set aside. The headsman, along with the shearer, trim the nails and the teeth. This entire process takes less than 4 minutes. The animal is then placed upright and the handler takes the animal to be checked out by the dedicated vets who administer shots and check their general well-being. Each alpaca will yield between 6-16 lbs of fleece depending on the severity of the preceding winter.

The handler then leads the alpaca back to it's pasture with goodies awaiting including fresh, sweet spring bermuda grass. The entire shearing process is a welcome relief, especially here in Texas where April temperatures can reach 95 degrees,

This whole process begins again in autumn with the first freeze which is a signal to the alpaca to put on their winter coats. The females are bred either in late October to early November or right after shearing in April. Crias (alpaca babies) are normally birthed mid-march and during shearing accompany their mommas through the process to accustom them to what will eventually happen to them. Those crias born in the fall receive their first shearing the first Saturday in April which also signals that it's time for them to be weaned and separated from momma.

The entire process is looked at as a harvest, a festival, or as the Incas would say a gift of the gods. You are sure to find during our shearing festival, due to our Irish heritage, that beer, wine and beverage flow aplenty. At the completion of the day, all participants head for the Irish pub on the property to enjoy music, drink and bar-b-que. A long day of celebration and love for our alpaca now deliver to you our specially designed and manufactured in numbered lots for the comfort of your horse, or even used as a tapestry or rug. All of our products are numbered by series and shipped to you.

Come see us at Patricks' Pastures or stay at our B&B - Old Irish Bed and Breakfast - and we'll let you experience the alpacas first hand that produced the fine fleece in your alpaca product.

May the luck of the Irish always be with you,
The Patrick Family

Production partners

  • Ingrid's Hand-Woven Rugs, Inc

    Paint Rock, TX

    Ingrid's takes the raw fiber from the alpacas and llamas and, using machinery from Germany and North Carolina, hand-weaves the rugs and saddle blankets.

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