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Oct
16

ADGA ANNUAL MEETING & CONVENTION 2018 ADGA Annual Meeting and Convention dates are October 16-21 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Address: DoubleTree By Hilton Bloomington Minneapolis South 7800 Normandale Blvd Minneapolis, MN 55439

Oct
19

Plan to join us for the 3rd Annual Royal Progeny Alpaca Auction to be held October 19-20, 2018 at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington PA ( minutes from Pittsburgh) Hosted by Alpaca Palace and 21 consigning farms from accross the US. . You wont want to miss this exciting annual event with elite alpacas up for bid, national networking,educational seminars and friends of old and new!

Oct
19

2018 ROYAL PROGENY ALPACA AUCTION Washington, Pennsylvania October 19th - 20th, 2018 Plan to join us for the 3rd Annual Royal Progeny Alpaca Auction to be held October 19-20, 2018 at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington PA ( minutes from Pittsburgh) Hosted by Alpaca Palace and 21 consigning farms from accross the US. . You wont want to miss this exciting annual event with elite alpacas up for bid, national networking,educational seminars and friends of old and new!

Oct
20

Local artist Clayton Gomez is setting up a unique painting opportunity! Join our alpacas and Clayton as you create your own alpaca painting. The $25 fee per person covers all materials needed to complete the project. TO sign up, please contact either Maureen (macedosminiacre@gmail.com) or Clayton (209-485-0097). Spaces are limited, so sign up now. Starting time both days is 2:00 PM.

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NEWThe Goat Girl Farm , Albemarle, NC
NEWArella Farm LLC, Lamar, MS
NEWOutlaw Alpacas, Scottsdale, AZ
NEWAlways-Chillin Alpacas, GRANTSBURG, WI
NEWStarbright Farm, East Haven, VT
NEWFireSoul Farms, Lincoln, CA
NEWCompass Rose Ranch, Paw Paw, IL

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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National Saanen Breeders Association

National Saanen Breeders Association

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Nigerian Dairy Goat Association

Guernsey Goat Breeders of America

Guernsey Goat Breeders of America

American Kiko Goat Association

American Kiko Goat Association

New Jersey Alpaca Community

New Jersey Alpaca Community

Alpaca Owners and Breeders in Ontario

Alpaca Ontario

Georgia Alpaca Association

Georgia Alpaca Association

State of Jefferson Alpaca Association

State of Jefferson Alpaca Association

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

MI-Alpaca

New England Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association

New England Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

Upper Midwest Alpacas

Upper Midwest Alpacas

North Sound Alpaca Association

North Sound Alpaca Association

Pacific Northwest Alpaca Association

Pacific Northwest Alpaca Association

Alpaca Breeders Alliance of N. Colorado

Alpaca Breeders Alliance of N. Colorado

Midwest Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

Midwest Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association

Kentucky Alpaca Association

Kentucky Alpaca Association

Empire Alpaca Association

Empire Alpaca Association

Great Lakes Alpaca Assoc.

Great Lakes Alpaca Association

Pennsylvania Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

Pennsylvania Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

California Alpaca Breeders Assoc.

California Alpaca Breeders Assoc.

Alpaca Breeders of Arizona

Alpaca Breeders of Arizona

Illinois Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

Illinois Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association

Carolina Alpaca Breeders & Owners

Carolina Alpaca Breeders & Owners

Maryland Alpaca Breeders Association

Maryland Alpaca Breeders Association

Maine Alpaca Association

Maine Alpaca Association

TxOLAN Alpaca Association

TX, OK, LA, AR, NM Alpaca Association

Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies

Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies

Virginia Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

Virginia Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association

Mid-Atlantic Alpaca Association

Mid-Atlantic Alpaca Association

Indiana Alpaca Association

Indiana Alpaca Association

Columbia Alpaca Breeders Association

Columbia Alpaca Breeders Association

Alpaca Association of Western Washington

Alpaca Association of Western Washington

Florida Alpaca Breeders Association

Florida Alpaca Breeders Association

Suri Alpaca Network

Suri Network

New Mexico Alpaca Breeders

New Mexico Alpaca Breeders