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May
1

Melody Lane Farm Alpacas can you give an experience like no other time of your life. Our animals are up close and personal and photos are able to be taken with an alpaca so that your visit will be a memorable one. We have yarn and rovings from each of our animals and so much more for you to purchase. We take cash, check or credit cards. We will give you about a two hour tour from beginning to end showing you the process of maintaining an alpaca and how the fiber is handled. We will end in our fiber show room with finished products. Please call or email ahead of time to reserve your date and time.

May
7

We provide a threaded loom and YOU WEAVE your own scarf. Cost: $30 plus 1 hank of Arapaho Rose novelty hand-spun Need a minimum of 2.4 oz of yarn for a 57" scarf Class takes up to 4 hours Bring a friend! - minimum class size 2 students, maximum 6 students. Class dates available: Saturday April 29th or Sunday May 7th

May
12

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE JANUARY SPECIALS!!!! 3-Day Beginner Alpaca Shearing Seminar This is our foundation instructional focusing on the most important aspects of learning to shear alpacas successfully. In-depth classroom teachings on equipment function and proper use. The rest of your 3 days will be spent on the shearing mat shearing & handling alpacas. You will come away from this class KNOWING how to properly shear alpacas for maximum harvest! This class is excellent for; Farmers wanting to shear their own herd & other local farms! If you are considering shearing alpacas for a living Farmers wanting to better control their shearing day Having the flexibility to shear your show stock, young & older, sick and feeble. Shear your own cria! If you've ever had an issue with a shearer being late, not calling, or, their schedule isn't convenient for you or your help? This gives you the control! You will KNOW how the blanket, neck and grooming aspects of your alpaca. (following this class up with our apprenticeship program is essential for successfully hitting the ground as 'professional' shearer level.) Farm groups looking to sponsor a local 'farm helper' Do you want to save $$, but, don't want to deal with the exhausting, physical aspect of shearing your herd? Sponsor a local farm hand and have them shear your herd at an agreed, more affordable rate!

May
13

Below is the link for all education she will be sharing with us. http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=syyis5bab&oeidk=a07edda5inzca459f16

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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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