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Jul
27

We will again be participating at the Arapahoe County Fair. We will be taking several alpacas to the fair as well as a small sampling of of alpaca yarns and products. Hope to see you.

Jul
28

Design and create a one-of-a-kind felted purse! In this class we will using the wet felting method which is done using washed and carded alpaca wool fiber. We will be making a template, then adding warm, soapy water, and lots of rubbing to create a lovely and durable fabric. No knitting is involved in this type of felting, and no experience is required to have a great time creating a one-of-a-kind piece.

Aug
1

This class will be a great introduction to a beautiful, natural art form. The art of making felt has been around for centuries. Felt making is believed to be the first textile art, even before spinning and weaving. In this class we will be wet felting alpaca fiber over soap. Otherwise known as “soap in a coat”, the finished product is your soap and washcloth all in one. Fiber and bars of soap will be provided for the class. Easy project for adults and children.

Aug
3

12th Annual Suri Symposium And Fleece Show--"The Science of Suris". August 3-4 in lovely Loveland, Colorado. Join breeders, vendors and suppliers from across the US and Canada to learn about suri fiber, animal husbandry, genetics, reproduction, health, parasites, nutrition, Suri herd improvement program (SHIP) and managing and marketing your farm business. Hands on workshops for suri fiber analysis and fiber arts as well as opportunities to volunteer in the fleece show judging room. Speakers at the Symposium include Drs. Cebra, Tibary and Van Saun, Dr. Ruthanne McCaslin, Amanda VandenBoshe, Cheryl Gehly, Gabrielle Menn, and Mike De Sorbo. The Fleece show will be judged (by senior AOA judges) prior to the Symposium this year, with awards given out the first day of the Symposium. We will be awarding the first annual Suri Network Breeder Cup awards to breeders participating in the All Suri Fleece show. This is the largest all suri fleece show in the country and a great opportunity to learn about suri fleeces.

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NEWJames/Sara Porter Farm, Mt. Sterling, KY
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ABOUT ALPACAS

Alpacas are gentle creatures that are easy to care for and can be raised for either profit or for pure enjoyment as a hobby.

Although they make wonderful pets and are exceptionally gentle with children, they are primarily known for their high quality, luxury fiber. Alpaca fiber is highly prized for its exceptional softness, durability, incredible warmth, and is hypoallergenic. In fact, it is considered to be a luxury fiber.

Like other natural fibers, alpaca wool has excellent thermal and wicking properties, so it will keep you warm and dry, yet will allow your skin to breathe. Alpaca fiber makes great socks, hats, sweaters, scarves, and gloves. Lower grade fiber from the legs and belly area makes excellent rugs and blankets.

Alpaca Breeds

A Suri alpaca has long, silky fiber that hangs in narrow twists or locks and resembles dreadlocks. The Huacaya looks like a plush toy animal and has shorter, dense, crimpy fiber that is soft and fluffy looking. The Suri is not as common as the Huacaya, and therefore its fiber tends to be more expensive.

Alpaca History

Alpacas originated in South America and were imported to the United States in the 1980s. They are part of the camelid family, which also includes camels and llamas, but they chew their cud the same way that cows do.

An alpaca's diet consists mainly of grass and hay, and it can obtain most of its food from grazing in the open pasture. They will also trim the grass carefully without pulling out the entire plant.

After the initial investment, the cost of maintaining alpacas is relatively low and they are considered to be a very healthy, 'green' animal, having very nutrient-rich manure. Alpacas are shorn once a year, and their fleece does not take long to grow back.

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