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Mar
31

Come join us for our 19th annual show, herdsire auction, silent auction, and much more! The Alpaca Association of Western Washington (AAWW) invites you to its 2017 alpacapalooza! Alpaca Show – Western Washington’s premier Alpaca event! This is an AOA sanctioned Halter Show and is one of the largest regional alpaca shows in the country.

Apr
1

Stop looking for a shearer! We are here to help you and provide you a pain free experience for your alpacas. My shearing team is based in Escalon California. I have been shearing professionally since 2000. I am available to shear from March through August. So, if you are looking for a professional to shear your alpacas or llamas this spring, reserve your spot for the 2017 season. We will travel to your farm and shear for you. The pricing is as follows: A ranch visit fee- $50.00 within 50 miles from Escalon, CA. Over 50 miles add $0.57 a mile. Per alpaca: $30.00 Per Llama: $$ Call for price $$ Toenails per animal: $7.00 Teeth/fighting teeth per animal: $12.00 We would love to have your business. Please call to schedule your 2017 shearing date! Steve Mortimer (209)988-3396

Apr
1

Interested in advancing your herd quality and furthering your knowledge of fleece, color genetics and breeding selection factors? Join America’s Natural Fiberworks, Blessed Criations and KB Alpacas from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to discuss “Breeding for an End in Mind”. This seminar is ideal for alpaca breeders striving to advance their herd quality (fleece, color, and phenotype). You’ll learn about fleece characteristics and how those characteristics influence the end products such as yarn. We will discuss getting the colors you desire, will introduce a process to objectively evaluate animals and will conclude with a breeding selection exercise. Attendees will leave with an advanced understanding of how to breed for an end in mind- genetic advancement.

Apr
1

This 1 day class is a very involved day, 9:00 a.m. till we are finished, limited to 4 participants, so all can get the personalized time I believe is needed for the participants to get the hands on attention that creates a safe and calm environment. Shearing is taught by the table method. Class is very comprehensive in equipment set up and use.The teacher, Mary Jane will shear 1 complete alpaca removing a show fleece and showing all the tricks. Then participants are given the opportunity to shear the naked animal to learn the curves of the subject at hand, then we attempt to get each person to shear 1 alpaca each, more will be available if class moves along. Also covered is the trimming of teeth and nails. All classes are taught on the table. Suri and Huacaya are available to learn on. The cost includes a copy of my "Comprehensive Guide to Shearing the Alpaca" and also the "Cria shearing dvd", they cover shearing a alpaca from beginning to end and then some. Also included a pair of gloves, apron and lunch from one of the local establishments we have great food available. The classroom section in the morning covers all equipment info and a wide variety of the tricks I have learned to make your shearing day as easy as possible. Due to the limited space a refundable deposit $100 is required to hold a spot.

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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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