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Apr
28

Are you interested in alpacas? This is your chance to see some of the finest alpacas around, to meet alpaca farmers and learn a bit about these wonderful animals. A free event for the whole family, however donations are gratefully appreciated. There will be demonstrations of shearing alpacas, and spinning alpaca fibre. You can walk an alpaca too. Be sure to check out the photo contest results, also the Fibre Arts Competition to see some of the possibilities with alpaca fibre . There will be vendors selling alpaca products and services there as well. Saturday Night is the Fashion Show - items being modeled are made by alpaca farmers or crafters using alpaca fibres. There will be a Not So Silent Auction held Saturday night, one of the popular items is a painting created by NICOLOSI just for this event. There will be 3 food vendors at the events - Cash Only. For more information check out the website www.alpacaontario.ca or our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Alpaca-Ontario-Inc-Offical-Page-141628625883230/

Apr
28

Needle felting is the process of turning a pile of wool into different shapes and artistic designs, by using a special barbed needle. As the needle is poked back & forth into the pile of wool, the special barbed end catches the fibers & binds them together.

Apr
28

Join us at the farm to help us celebrate Spring! See the alpacas in almost a full year’s worth of fiber growth before their Spring haircuts, get questions answered about raising your own alpacas, meet Fitzgerald, our new fiber producing Angora Rabbit, see what’s NEW and SHOP in the Farm Store! YARN SPINNING DEMONSTRATIONS Throughout the Day Alpaca Socks and Sock Yarn 20% OFF Get your picture taken with an alpaca!

Apr
28

Come watch animals from all across the Midwest compete for ribbons

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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