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Apr
28

Amazing Greys - A Celebration of Grey Sponsored by Epic Alpacas, A Paca Fun Farm, Patagonia Estates, Crescent Moon, and Menagerie Hill Alpacas, "Amazing Greys" will be the marquee event in the grey huacaya world, offering breeder education, a live auction, and the opportunity to talk and network with other grey breeders from every corner of the US. Held on April 28-29 in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, the event will offer seminars to help you with your grey breeding program, an alpaca auction with some of the best grey genetics from all over the country, and a herdsire gallery to show you the most amazing grey studs available in the marketplace. There simply is no better place to see and learn about the best of the best in the grey huacaya world. -- Speakers include Neil Padgett, Scott Miller, Daryl Krause, and Ian Watt -- Auction animals include champion dams, fabulous maidens, junior herdsires with" all the makings", and an established, proven herdsire --The herdsire gallery will profile the best grey males in the U.S., right there for you to see all in one place Attendance is free and best of all, you have two ways to attend - you can either come to the event and experience it all live, in-person; or enjoy it from your own home live-streamed over the internet, including the seminars and auction! Attendees onsite will be invited to join us on the Friday night for a complimentary dinner and live entertainment, as well as lunch during the day on Saturday. For more information, visit the website at www.AmazingGreysAlpacas.com.

Apr
29

You're welcome to visit however please leave your dogs at home- they terrify our alpacas. We will be busy shearing the alpacas- and won't have too much time to chat so here's the overview of what will go on. Our shearer is Chris Hatch who does hundreds of alpacas a year- he knows what he's doing! We shear the same colors together - dark to light or light to dark to minimize color contamination of our fleece (product). Each animal gets a spa treatment- pedicure, teeth checked and adjusted as needed, annual CDT shot along with their haircut. Some take great umbrage at this & for this reason, we try to hurry the process along. Alpacas do not cooperate like sheep do for shearing- they are laid down on a mat w/ their legs secured by ropes to keep them and us safe. It takes about 20 min. or so per animal depending on the needs of the animal. The prime fleece - belly & barrel (back)- is shorn first and set aside. Later it will be weighed, skirted and sold. The seconds - upper leg & neck - will be shorn and collected. They too will be weighed and put into production- usually the fiber co-op. The 3rds are the lower legs which are coarser & least desirable-will be sent to mill to be made into dryer balls and insoles we sell.

Apr
29

Join us in Storybook Alpacas' barn for our Annual Fiber Harvest. The alpacas will once again be enjoying a day at the spa with relaxing naps, haircuts and mani-pedis. Come and see how we collect their luxurious fiber. Ask questions, watch fiber demonstrations, feed the alpacas, shop at Alpacatales Yarn & Gifts. Save with gift shop discounts. If you're a spinner, knitter, or just like to snuggle exquisite fiber, choose your favorite alpaca's fiber for purchase as we shear (or purchase your favorite alpaca!) Bring kids, cameras and questions. If you'd like to join Val, bring your spinning wheel or knitting project. We can't wait to see you! For more information call 419-589-3745 or visit us on our website www.storybookalpacas.com or our Facebook page at Storybook Alpacas USA.

Apr
29

Success is the Product of Design, Not Luck Join us on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 to Learn How to Design Your Successful Alpaca Breeding Program. Do you know your haploids from your diploids? Do you think linked traits are a new fashion trend? Are you of the opinion that incomplete codominance is a failed social experiment? Is Gregor Mendel the myopic alter ego of a superhero, or maybe Charles Darwin was the original Executive Producer for the now famous Darwin Awards Competition? If none of this makes sense to you but you want to breed better alpacas, then come to the Alpacas del Valle Cereza seminar: Introduction to Genetics and Alpaca Breeding Programs.* *9 out of 10 past participants saw a significant reduction in the heterozygosity of their alpaca herd after attending this seminar. ?? Topics covered include: *Genetics for beginners. *Defining your breeding goals. *Evaluating your herd. *Types of breeding programs/strategies *Fiber Histograms and EPDs - What are they and why they matter. *And more! Presented by Lisa Shimeld, M.S. (KM6IZB) 20 years in Alpacas, 30 years of teaching Biology, Genetics and Microbiology Certified Livestock Appraiser, Retired AOBA Alpaca Judge

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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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