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Jun
29

Alpaca owners - bring your alpacas to the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, Oregon! If you're not familiar with BSG, it's one of the premier fiber events in the country. Visitors come from all over North America, taking classes, entering their wool and mohair in the show, showing sheep and goats, and packing the halls to buy fleece, roving, yarn, and animals. Vendor/farm display spaces will be a minimum 10x10; 10x20 spaces have room for your own 8 or 10 foot alpaca pens, plus product sales and farm displays. Set up is Thursday afternoon, June 28, and Friday morning 7am-9am. The show is 3 full days, Friday-Sunday, June 29-July 1. Visit http://www.alpacafarmsoregon.org/Alpacas_at_the_Gathering.html for the registration form and more info.

Jun
29

Celebrating Natural Colored Animals and their Fibers Take part in one of the most unique events in the country celebrating natural colored animals and their fiber. If this is your first visit, welcome to our BSG family! MISSION STATEMENT: The Black Sheep Gathering is an annual event during which participants exchange their knowledge of an appreciation for handcraft fibers and the animals that produce them. GOALS: The Black Sheep Gathering strives to provide an environment dedicated to: education, cooperation and participation, an atmosphere of fellowship and fun, and celebrating natural colored animals and their fiber.

Jun
30

Neonatal and Wetlab with Dr. Cheryl Dewitt. Prepare yourself for birthing season. The morning consists of five lectures including: female reproduction, breeding/pregnancy, normal deliveries, emergency deliveries and newborn care. The afternoon wet lab using uterine simulators, will challenge registrants to diagnose the contents of the uterus, discuss a proposed delivery plan, identify and correct dystocias to deliver the cria safely. Emergency training. Reproductive cycle in the female, behavior testing, times to breed, nutrition, when to vaccinate the dam and cria, post partum care, lactation, the importance of colostrum, etc. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register early, space is limited.

Jun
30

Mommy and Me Alpaca Extravaganza Harley Hill Farm Alpacas, 451 Kellers Road Quakertown PA 18951 Saturday, June 30th and Sunday July 1st 10 am until 4 pm both days ALPACAS, FREE SEMINARS, ALPACA PRODUCTS, FIBER DEMONSTRATIONS AND FUN!!! Come Rain or Shine. Alpacas will be under a tent and the seminars and demonstrations will be the beautiful bank barn. Bring the family to see over 40 alpacas and their new babies. Many alpaca products for sale, from socks to hats, yarn teddy bears etc. More 2 in 1 and 3 in 1 alpaca packages available than at any other sale. To view alpacas in the sale, go to OPENHERD, and search for Harley Hill Farm. Harley Hill farm will have moms with crias at side either re-bred or with a free breeding. All alpacas will be shorn, so you can see their true conformation and will have their 2018 fleece available to evaluate their fiber quality. There will also be many other alpacas available in every color and age. Many alpacas available for financing with a down payment. Credit, cash or check. Come pick out your favorite animals to start your herd and start enjoying the alpaca lifestyle or add great animals to your existing herd. OR just come for the education, demonstrations and FUN! Free Seminars – Tax advantages to starting an alpaca farm, Alpaca fiber dying. Demonstrations include alpaca agility, and fiber demonstrations Drinks and snacks available throughout the day by Pronking Pacas 4-H club for a small donation. No admission or seminar charge – Hope to see you there! Go to harleyhillfarm.com or call 215-536-2841 for more info – You can pre-register to attend. Any pre-registered attendees will be put into a drawing for a $100 credit toward an alpaca purchase.

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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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