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May
26

Visitors welcome this weekend, about 10 AM to 4 PM Check out our alpacas and llamas. The ranch store will be open. (Socks, scarves, yarn, hats and more) Over the weekend we will be working with fleeces,spinning, dying fiber and making dryer balls- It's a work weekend for us, so lots going on. Check out alpaca ranching!

May
27

Join us at beautiful Harley Hill Farm Alpacas in Quakertown PA from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm in the afternoon for an educational and "hands on" alpaca training. This seminar is for anyone who wants to learn more about how easy it is to raise these amazing creatures, AND all about how to set up a new business, AND how to maximize your income and real estate tax savings through building and operating an alpaca farm. YOUR $30 REGISTRATION FEE CAN BE USED AS A CREDIT TOWARD ANY OF THE ALPACA PRODUCTS IN OUR FARM STORE! This is a hands on seminar, so we want to keep it small with a maximum of 10 particpants, so email us early to reserve your spot. We will be Trimming toe nails Body scoring FAMACHA testing Injections & oral medications reading registrations etc. Be sure to bring your questions Did you know that you can pasture 5 alpacas on one acre? A large part of the draw to alpaca farming is that you don't need alot of property. Come for a great afternoon to learn how you can enjoy "the alpaca lifestyle"!

May
27

We are having are annual Shearing day /Open house. You are invited to come and watch our alpacas & Llamas go from the winter fluffys to there Summer skiives. We will provide hot dogs and drinks. And we will have are Farm store open. So please come by and check it out.

Jun
2

Alpacas 101 workshops will be held at Hasselbring's Harmony Ranch, 29049 Davis Road, Concordia, Missouri, the first and third Saturday of May, June and July, 2018. Alpacas 101 will introduce you to the world of alpacas, including their history, purpose, and how to care for them. You will be able to meet the alpacas and discover their unique characteristics. Workshops will be held at 1:30 pm, and will last about 2 hours. Bring your questions and prepare for a fun and informative session. We will meet in the white pavilion near the red barn. (This is also cria season... you just never know when a baby might be born!) Registration fee is $20.00 per person. Light refreshments will be served. Register here: https://form.jotform.com/80935941051153

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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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