While this might at first seem to be a daunting task, its actually a great opportunity for you to get a good look into the quality of the
fiber that your alpaca is producing. Plus, you will end up with a clean uniform alpaca fleece.
To start, you don't need any fancy tools. You can use a screen door on saw horses as your table. (Note, you will want to be out of the wind otherwise you'll see all your hard work taking off for sites unknown!)
Take your alpaca fleece out of the bag and lay it out on the table with the cut side down. Now, take a good look at your alpaca fleece. Is the color uniform, does it have much crimp, are the tips weathered, how long is the staple length, does it break easily when pulled?
As you assess your fiber, look to see if you have second cuts. This is what is left behind if your shearer had to go back over a particular area. Remove all vegetable matter, second cuts and coarse fiber found around the edges.
Now turn your fiber over and do the same thing on the other side. Once you're satisfied that your alpaca fiber is clean, you will want to store it in a plastic bag. To help keep bugs away, I always add a dryer sheet. Put the name of the alpaca on an index card and put it at the bottom of the bag. That way you will be able to tell whose fiber it is. Roll up the fiber and put it in the bag and you're done.