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Aug
27

This event represents many exciting aspects of the new TXOLAN initiatives towards expanding education venues. For one, it is the beginning of re-establishing our partnership relations with surrounding associations as the original idea for this seminar was proposed by the AOK Association who is leading the charge to make this a success. The seminar format will be half day lecture and discussion followed by the second half being hands-on with alpacas including handling and questions and answers. A working lunch will be provided. Instruction is provided by Cathy Spalding, owner/operator of Gentle Spirits Llamas (and alpacas) in Olympia, Wa. Her seminars are targeted to newer ranches, prospects and those wishing to improve their handling techniques or gain a better approach in their own teachings. Cathy’s focus is in the awareness of alpaca and llama behavior as the very foundation for understanding training and herd management. Problem solving can be complex with more than one way to approach most issues. Understanding behaviors provides the crucial information needed in making educated decisions for appropriate resolution in any given situation. Understanding behavior also saves lives. Cathy teaches alpaca and llama behavior and training clinics (which include a detailed visual presentation of behavioral cues) for Cornell University, OSU and WSU, alpaca and llama associations including LANA, CLAA and AOBA and at private farms and ranches across North America, England and New Zealand. Cathy is a featured speaker at many conferences – including the Camelid Symposium at UC Davis -- works with FFA and 4H and serves as a judge at many county fairs and jackpots.

Sep
6

FAMACHA TRAINING & FECAL ANALYSIS 3:00 to 3:30 Registration and Refreshments 3:30 to 4:30 Internal parasites: Dr. Lincoln, Ag Vet Services Break 10! 4:40 to 5:40 FAMACHA training, Lecture: John Thompson 5:40 to 6:30 FAMACHA hands on, outside: John and Dr. Lincoln 6:30 to 7:30 Fecal analysis and discussion: John/Kim Mayo, ALL FAMACHA training & fecal analysis

Sep
10

Each month on the 2nd Saturday we invite you to bring your spinning wheels or drop spindles and sit in our barn alongside our herd of suri alpacas and spin. We start at 10am and end at 2pm. We will spin for a couple of hours, take a short food break and then spin some more. You're welcome to join us as we spin some wonderful yarns and spin some wonderful new friendships each month. Please bring a snack to share, drinks are provided, it is a fun time. We do have drop spindles and spinning fiber available for new spinners and lots of fiber choices in some beautifully blended batts. These will be available on Saturday along with some really neat Handcrafted all natural hardwood drop spindles. If you do not spin and have no interest, join us anyway and bring your yarn patterns or projects or even your cross stitch. We have yarns and you will have a great time. Some of our ladies and gents are pretty professional and will also bring show and tell for us all to see and further inspire our inner fiber passion! We will be spinning in the house but if you insist, we will go out to the barn for a store visit or just to see the alpacas so please dress appropriately for the weather. If we have snow and ice, we will not meet so we're hoping for great weather. See you soon.

Sep
17

Join us for our annual Alpaca Festival and Open House! Alpacas on display, fiber arts demonstrations,Alpaca farm Store Gift Shop, craft and food vendors, children's activities,live music,and more!

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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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Georgia Alpaca Association

GAA

Ohio Alpaca Breeders Association

OABA

State of Jefferson Alpaca Association

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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 Assoc.

Pacific Northwest Alpaca Association

Pacific Northwest Alpaca Assoc.

Alpaca Breeders Alliance of N. Colorado

Alpaca Breeders Alliance of N. Colorado

Midwest Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

Midwest Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

Kentucky Alpaca Association

Kentucky Alpaca Association

Empire Alpaca Association

Empire Alpaca Association

Great Lakes Alpaca Assoc.

Great Lakes Alpaca Assoc.

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 Assoc.

Carolina Alpaca Breeders & Owners

Carolina Alpaca Breeders & Owners

Maryland Alpaca Breeders Association

Maryland Alpaca Breeders Association

Florida Alpacas and Fiber Coalition

Florida Alpacas and Fiber Coalition

Maine Alpaca Association

Maine Alpaca Association

TxOLAN Alpaca Association

TX, OK, LA, AR, NM Alpaca Assoc.

Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies

Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies

Virginia Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

Virginia Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

Mid-Atlantic Alpaca Association

Mid-Atlantic Alpaca Association

Indiana Alpaca Association

Indiana Alpaca Association

Alpaca Breeders of Southern California

Alpaca Breeders of Southern California

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