Langley – Kensington Prairie Farm, a locally owned alpaca breeder and producer of award-winning alpaca fibre, will hold their Annual Shearing Day on Friday, April 15, at their farm in Langley. The event is free to the public.
Langley, BC- April 11, 2016 – Kensington Prairie Farm, a locally owned alpaca breeder and producer of award-winning alpaca fibre, will hold their Annual Shearing Day on Friday, April 15, at their farm in Langley. The event is free to the public.
What: Kensington Prairie Farm Annual Shearing Day
When: April 15, 2016, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, rain or shine
Where: Kensington Prairie Farm, 1736 248th Street, Langley BC
“Dave Carlson, our amazing shearer from Fort Macleod, Alberta, will shear 70 alpacas in one day,” said Kensington Prairie Farm proprietor, Catherine Simpson. She and her farm staff of 10 will be on hand to help accomplish this considerable 1-day feat. Carlson estimates that he shears about 13,000 sheep each year, along with 1,500 llamas and 1,500 alpacas.
“It’s a great opportunity for families to bring their kids to see where alpaca fibre comes from. We open our farm so people can learn how the luxury fibre begins its journey to become a baby blanket or sweater,” said Simpson.
Visitors will be able to watch as award-winning alpacas are shorn by hand – a process that does not hurt the animals.
“Its fun to see how energetic the alpacas are after ‘losing’ an average of 5-10 pounds of fleece,” said Simpson.
Professional shearer, Dave Carlson and farm proprietor, Catherine Simpson, a certified fibre classer, will be on hand throughout the day.
The farm has partnered with another local business, Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery to provide refreshments. Donations are encouraged to support the Quechua Benefit. Since 2011, Kensington Praire Farm has supported this charity in Peru, which delivers medical, care, warm clothing, shelter, food, and sociological services with an emphasis on children.
For more about the event, please visit our Shearing Event Facebook Page.
For more info about Kensington Praire Farm, please visit our website.