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Oct
21

Presented by Wade Gease (The Alpaca Guy) Industry Consultant Hosted by UMA Member Farm, Foggy Bottom Alpacas & Over the Rainbow Alpaca Ranch Call or email Sara @ Foggy Bottom Alpacas to register or for more information.

Oct
21

Qtrly NMAB Meeting - at El Pinto Restaurant, Albuquerque - Noon until approx. 3 P.M.

Oct
28

Family friendly outing visiting with our alpacas and learning about their care. We offer demonstrations on preparing alpaca fiber including carding, spinning and weaving. We welcome visitors to try working with the alpaca fiber. rain or shine. Come dressed for the weather!

Oct
28

“Take a stab” at needle felting and go home with one of these adorable (comical, scary, jovial) pumpkins! Needle felting is the process of using a single barbed needle to repeatedly jab alpaca/wool fibers causing the fiber to tangle and become compact into flat pieces or three-dimensional sculptures. Limited only by your imagination, each person's pumpkin face will have his/her own personality which makes this class a ton of fun! You will learn techniques to enable you to make other three dimensional figures as well. Most people can handle this class with no trouble, though we will be learning some advanced techniques. If you wish to start out with an easier version of this class, you might want to try the Pumpkin Needle Felting Class on September 30th. All materials are included, felting tools and foam surface to work on are provided for use in class. These items are also available to purchase should you want to do more needle felting at home. Bring a picture of a celebrity or older person with distinguished features for inspiration! Register for this class here, https://goo.gl/tiUafJ

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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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New Jersey Alpaca Community

NJAC

Alpacas of Oklahoma - A-OK

A-OK

Alpaca Owners and Breeders in Ontario

AO

Georgia Alpaca Association

GAA

Ohio Alpaca Breeders Association

OABA

State of Jefferson Alpaca Association

SoJAA

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

MI-Alpaca

New England Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association

NEAOBA

Upper Midwest Alpacas

UMA

North Sound Alpaca Association

NSAA

Pacific Northwest Alpaca Association

PNAA

Alpaca Breeders Alliance of N. Colorado

ABANC

Midwest Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

MOPACA

Kentucky Alpaca Association

KAA

Empire Alpaca Association

EAA

Great Lakes Alpaca Assoc.

GLAA

Pennsylvania Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

PAOBA

California Alpaca Breeders Assoc.

Calpaca

Alpaca Breeders of Arizona

ABA

Illinois Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

IAOBA

Carolina Alpaca Breeders & Owners

CABO

Maryland Alpaca Breeders Association

MABA

Florida Alpacas and Fiber Coalition

FAFC

Maine Alpaca Association

MAA

TxOLAN Alpaca Association

TxOLAN

Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies

ABR

Virginia Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

VAOBA

Mid-Atlantic Alpaca Association

MAPACA

Indiana Alpaca Association

IAA

Alpaca Breeders of Southern California

SoCalpaca

Columbia Alpaca Breeders Association

CABA

Alpaca Association of Western Washington

AAWW

Florida Alpaca Breeders Association

FABA

Suri Alpaca Network

SN

New Mexico Alpaca Breeders

NMAB