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Summer Hill Farm

We love our animals!

Doug, Brooke, and Lindsay Betz
P.O. Box 696Penn Valley, CA 95946

Why Camel?

An Unexpected Option

“ Now John himself had a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.” -- Matthew 3:4

When you think of fiber options, camel may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, both the outer and down layers of Bactrian camel fiber have been used for thousands of years!

Camels naturally shed their fiber in clumps that include both layers.

The outer layer is coarse and has been used to make rope, rugs, carpet, etc.

The dow... Full article >

Why Wool?

There are many different fibers in the world, and each have their benefits. Let's take a look at what wool has to offer.

General Benefits of Wool:

- Hypo-allergenic: very few people have wool allergies.
- Durable: its elasticity helps your garments retain their shape. It also resists wrinkles.
- Fire-Resistant: lanolin makes it almost impossible for wool to catch fire.
- Biodegradable: over time, wool breaks down into the earth.
- Breathable: it helps you stay cool in summer and warm i... Full article >

Guard Llamas

Why Llamas? How To Choose One?

Why Guard Llamas?
Llamas can guard a large number of animals by themselves.
Llamas can guard successfully for up to twenty-or-so years.
You may be able to use their fiber as well as that of your other animals.
Guard llamas do so instinctually, and without training.
They can potentially eliminate predator threats altogether.
Llamas are naturally suspicious of canines.
Llamas eat the same food as sheep, goats, and alpa... Full article >