the wood shavings was great fun!
Accepted wisdom tells us to "groom our pastures not our
animals" and this is particularly true with alpacas.
Alpacas do not usually need to be groomed (deeply brushed).
Washing or excessive brushing of an animal breaks down the lock
and can damage the fleece's character. Even before shearing
the minimum of preparation is the order of the day. The lock
holds the fleece together after shearing and this should not
be disturbed. In other words over preparation in the form of
washing and brushing can devalue the potential of a fleece.
So spend that time grooming your pastures, remove dung piles
together with any small debris or thistles that might become
stuck in an animals fleece. Always ensure the shearing area
is clean and dry so that the fleece does not become contaminated