When they bring the alpaca in they have to unfortunately restrain it by laying it on its side on a mat and then roping its legs so that it can't get hurt or hurt anyone. At this point the shearers look at the teeth and toenails and if they need to be clipped they do that. Then they proceed to shear the fiber - first comes the "blanket" - the most valuable part - which is the back and side areas; then comes the belly and neck area which is the "seconds" and finally the legs which is the "thirds".
This whole process takes about 15 minutes per alpaca. I related this scene to a child going to a barber for the first time - although a child is not restrained - some children will scream and throw a temper tantrum while others will quietly sit there. The same went for the alpacas - your heart would just go out for the ones that were screaming, crying and spitting. As frantic as it seemed - as soon as the alpaca was released and got up it was happily out grazing in the field.
We were there for the whole day - leaving around 5PM. We left exhausted yet happy that we were part of the experience. Hopefully we will be able to help them again next year.