Design: the table is designed to significantly reduce both the labor required to get an alpaca into a shearing position and to dramatically reduce the risk of harm or injury to both the handler and the alpaca.
By using a pneumatic ram to do the lifting and dropping, this table frees up additional labor that is required by the more traditional shearing-on-the-floor method commonly used across the country.
It also allows the shearer to stand upright and so reduces stress to the lower back and knees, thus making shearing more comfortable as well as possible for many older and less flexible alpaca owners—the added benefit is more flexibility in shearing dates and fitting in with shearers’ timetables.
Procedure: the alpaca is walked to the table and pressed against it while the belly strap is passed under the animal and secured. The head is held by the handler, and the shearer moves the lever set under the table to activate the ram and bring the alpaca to the horizontal shearing position. The handler holding the head places the grain bag over the neck and releases the belly strap after the legs have been restrained in the usual way.
Once one side is shorn, the removable neck rest is attached to the table, the grain bag is removed from across the neck, and the alpaca rotated to allow shearing of the other side with the grain bag again placed across the neck. When shearing is completed, the alpaca is rolled to the original position and the belly strap affixed whilst a handler holds the head and the legs released.
Under no circumstances lower the table while the legs are in the restraints.
The shearer then moves the operating lever and the ram retracts, forcing the table to the vertical position at which time the belly strap is released and the alpaca walked away.
Very simple and no undue strain or stress on either the alpaca or the handlers!
Available in both left and right -handed shearing modes (left shown here)
• small air compressor
• air line
• fixing to floor or fix to 8ft × 4ft heavy ply sheet (dirt floor)
• weight 170lbs
• flat pack 6.9ft × 3.6ft × 1.5ft
Price: $2800 ex Morro Bay CA (free delivery to sales within 100 miles of Morro Bay or to San Luis Obispo transport depot).
Tax extra (if applicable).
Please contact us for a quote on freight. 7.5% Californian sales tax will be added to orders within California.
Term payments available:
Half down and balance in quarterly payments over 1 year at 5% interest (simple)
Half down, balance in six months—no interest
Credit card payment available
To order, contact:
PO Box 1948
Morro Bay CA 93442
+ 1 805 772 1774