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Aug
18

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Aug
19

5 Steps To Animal Communication Class by Cindy Myers When: Aug 19, 9 am to 4 pm. Lunch is included. Where: Alpacas At Windy Hill, 7660 Bradley Rd. Somis, CA 93066 Cost: $150 per person- EARLY BIRD PRICING $135 per person until July 31 Learn the skills to communicate with your pet by coming to my upcoming class located in Somis, California. Cindy Myers will be teaching proven techniques to connect intuitively with animals. These techniques work on any species, are easy to learn, and they are fun to practice with your pets! No alpaca experience is necessary. As a matter of fact, you will learn way more using alpacas and not knowing much about them. All techniques are good for any species of animals but I have found that there is no better instructors in teaching more about your intuition and animal communication then alpacas. Reserve your spot now!

Aug
19

Join the fun! Yoga with alpacas is now available at Linden Hills Alpaca Farm. Bring a friend and double the fun! Don't forget your camera.... Two class dates: August 19th at 9am Ages 10 and up Class size: 10 minimum, 30 maximum Come join us for the unique experience of alpaca yoga! Visit with beautiful alpacas (you just might get a paca kiss!!!!), rejuvenate with a 60 minute yoga class, and enjoy some delicious snacks. In addition to alpacas, you will be able to pet our adorable goats, and enjoy the companionship of our llama, chickens and barn cats. Click on the website for more details and to purchase tickets. Thank you! See you soon!

Aug
20

Please mark Sunday, August 20th on your calendars for our annual picnic and membership meeting. Non MABA members are also invited, and encouraged, to attend. We would love to meet you and provide information about the MABA organization and our alpacas. The meeting will be held at the Howard County Fairgrounds at 1:00pm - 4:00pm. In addition to our meeting and picnic, our Educational Seminar this year will be presented by Betsy Gove who will enlighten us with a show fleece skirting demonstration. So mark your calendars now and we (MABA) look forward to seeing everyone on August 20th!

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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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