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Nov
19

CRAFTING YOUR FIBER & MARKETING PLAN An educational opportunity presented by the Kentucky Alpaca Association Do you have FIBER but don’t know what to do next? Do you have ANIMALS that you want to sell? Is your MARKETING plan working for you? This KAA Sponsored Marketing Session will provide an introduction to marketing for the Alpaca farmer/breeder and is applicable to any fiber livestock. A basic understanding of Who, What, Where and When to market your animals and products will enable the attendee to participate in various marketing opportunities locally and worldwide. MORNING SESSION: ALL FIBER HAS A USE To market your products, you must know your fiber. This session includes hands on exercises and discussion providing a basic introduction on how to evaluate YOUR fiber and determine best value added options*. Each participating farm may submit two fiber samples in advance, from any animal for critique by our instructors and individual discussion. *Class does not teach sorting/grading AFTERNOON SESSION: MARKETING FIBER & ANIMALS This session will provide an introduction to marketing, including defining your goals, reaching customers, developing your farm identity & branding, tools for communicating with potential customers, networking, visibility, use of online & social media, improving traffic flow to your booth at events, advertising, and basic guidelines for animal & product photos. Cost $35 for KAA Farm Members, $45 for all others; $10 rebate after class for participating feedback survey. To Register visit: www.kyalpaca.org Class Size limited to 30. Sponsorship & Volunteer Opportunities available! For Registration or Website questions contact Margie Phipps at margie@barnettscreekfarm.com. For all other questions contact Nancy Lindemood at frankemood@aol.com.

Nov
20

Come take part in SyracuseFirst’s Annual Buy Local Bash! Going into its 8th year, the Buy Local Bash brings community members and local merchants together for a one-of-a-kind social, shopping and tasting event to highlight the locally owned, independent businesses of Central New York. I'll have alpaca product- socks, mittens, insoles, scarves, dryer balls, along with Young Living Essential Oils

Nov
24

Two farms - one convenient location! Take a break from the annual Thanksgiving winery tours to come meet the colorful alpacas of EasyGo Farm and Alpacas of Oregon. The Open Barn is located in Sherwood, Oregon, just off Hwy 99, in the midst of wine country. We will be open Friday and Saturday from 10am till 4pm. Get nose to nose with the females, crias, herdsires, and alpacas for fiber artists, 4-H, companions, or pasture ornaments & lawn mowers. Get your hands on our luxurious alpaca products: fleece and roving for handspinners, yarn for knitters, sweaters, scarves, socks, & more, many handcrafted. This is a unique way to entertain your out of town company, as well as do some holiday shopping. Visitors can chat with long-time livestock breeders who've raised llamas, horses, sheep, and goats. They've found that alpacas are a perfect match for owners of small acreages or for crafters looking for their own four-legged fiber producers. Both farms offer alpacas for sale along with boarding options.

Nov
25

Come and join us for Our Little World Alpacas 4th Annual “Christmas in the Alpaca Barn” on Saturday, Nov 25 and Dec 2, 2017. Our alpacas will be in the barn for this event; come and enjoy an up close and personal look at these wonderful peaceful creatures. You are welcome to come and learn how the alpacas live, their temperament, what they eat and if you are lucky some of our friendliest alpacas may try and steal a kiss so have your camera’s ready. Our Farm store will be open if you are looking for unique gifts for family and friends. We feature products hand made from our own alpaca fiber, as well as unique products from Peru. Alpaca is the gift of warmth. Hand knit hats and scarves, Alpaca Bears & Dolls and the warmest socks you will ever own.

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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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