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Jul
21

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

Jul
21

Lunch - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Meeting 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Quarterly membership meeting will include election of several new officers, plus a discussion on what member education will be provided for the upcoming year. Several member education recommendations to date are animal husbandry and/or fiber education. Bring other ideas with you.

Jul
21

Store Wide Sale ... Alpaca Sale ... Farmer's Market Local vendors will be joining us at our farm selling plants, garden art, essential oils, out-of-the-ordinary desserts and baked goods, hand-crafted jewelry, children's boutique items, hooked rugs and patterns, soy candles, beard balms, body lotions, goat’s milk soap, produce, wooden signs, wreaths,handmade chocolates, kettle corn, and more! Learn about alpacas, meet our angora rabbit Fitzgerald, help us name our new angora goats! Bring a lawn chair, enjoy a day in the country! Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-4pm

Jul
22

Maine Open Farm Day: Maine farms open to the public on July 22, 2018 to celebrate agriculture in the state of Maine. Several alpaca farms will be open throughout the state! Look to the Related Pages on our Home Page for more Information on who is open and waiting to share their alpacas and alpaca products with you! Open Farms: Sea Hill Alpaca Farm 621 Haley Road, Kittery, ME Open 10:00 - 4:00 207 732 7148 Cape Newagen Farm 1020 Hendricks Hill Road, Southport, ME Open 10:00 - 4:00 207 633-0416 Lana Plantae Farmed Yarns 301 Long Plains Road, Buxton, ME Open 10:00 - 4:00 207 710 9533 Maine Alpaca Experience, Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm 141 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME Open 10:00 - 5:00 207 356-4146 Pamelamas LLC 233 Limerick Road, Arundel, ME Open 10:00 - 3:00 207 468-4690 Carrageen Suri Alpacas 82 West Gray Road, Gray, ME Open 10:00 - 3:00 207 653 1144 TLC Farm 40 Horscents Lane, Waldoboro, ME Open 10:00 - 2:00 207 790 8086 Eastcoast Alpacas 21 Clearview Drive, Biddeford, ME Open 10:00 - 5:00 207 590 5630

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NEWAmazing Grace Ranch, Elizabeth, CO
NEWThe Barbara Lee Farm, Eureka Springs, AR
NEWCIBO Farms, Lucedale, MS
NEWMagajupa Mine Alpacas, Joplin, MO
NEWTree Frog Farm, King George, VA
NEWJames/Sara Porter Farm, Mt. Sterling, KY
NEWSummer Hill Farm, Penn Valley, CA

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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Alpaca Owners and Breeders in Ontario

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Georgia Alpaca Association

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Ohio Alpaca Breeders Association

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State of Jefferson Alpaca Association

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Michigan Alpaca Livestock Products And Commerce Association (MI-ALPACA)

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New England Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association

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Upper Midwest Alpacas

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Pacific Northwest Alpaca Association

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Alpaca Breeders Alliance of N. Colorado

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Midwest Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

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Kentucky Alpaca Association

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Florida Alpacas and Fiber Coalition

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Maine Alpaca Association

MAA

TxOLAN Alpaca Association

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Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies

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Virginia Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

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Mid-Atlantic Alpaca Association

MAPACA

Indiana Alpaca Association

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Alpaca Breeders of Southern California

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Columbia Alpaca Breeders Association

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Alpaca Association of Western Washington

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Florida Alpaca Breeders Association

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Suri Alpaca Network

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New Mexico Alpaca Breeders

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