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Jul
29

The EAA is sponsoring dr. Cheryl Dewitt, DVM speaking on Neonatal Alpaca Reproduction Seminar and Birthing Lab. This will include 5 morning lectures including female anatomy and reproductive physiology, pregnancy detection, ultrasound and understanding hormones, herd/pregnancy management, support, normal and abnormal delivery/emergencies & newborn care. Also an afternoon wet-lab (limited to 30) JULY 29THY 2017 FROM 8AM TO 5PM LIGHT BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND SNACK SERVED FULL EAA MEMBER $50.00 MORNING ONLY $75.00 FULL DAY ASSOCIATE MEMBER: $75.00 MORNING ONLY $100.00 FULL DAY NON MEMBER $100.00 MORNING ONLY $125.00 FULL DAY TO REGISTER FOR CLASS AND PAY BY CREDIT CARD PLEASE CALL LESLIE JORRITSMA 6007-868-5401 OR BY EMAIL AT autumnmistalpacafarm@gmail.com or HOLLY JACOBS 607-206-1228 OR BY EMAIL AT hblod625@aol.com

Aug
3

No matter what type of alpaca farm you have or what you aspire to be in the alpaca industry … this year’s Suri Network Symposium has something for you! Please join us in Loveland, CO on Thursday, August 3 through Saturday, August 5 for a fun-filled and educational experience you won’t soon forget. Just go to the Suri Network website to review the schedule of events and top-notch speakers, then Register: http://www.surinetwork.org/page-1860105 We also want to highlight the All-Suri Fleece Show that occurs that same weekend. This year’s judges include Jude Anderson and Amanda Vondenbosch for fleece and cottage competition, Stacy Heydt for Spin-Off, and Wini LaBrecque for Fiber Arts & Skeins. Speaking of Wini LaBrecque, she is one of our workshop presenters conducting a half-day sorting workshop … and below are some other nationally and internationally known speakers: • C. Norman Evams, DVM • Drs. Signe Balch and Nice Irlbeck • Fiber Mills: New Era, Rach-Al-Paca, and Heart & Soul Spinnery • Brion Smoker, CPA • Patty Hasselbring on Grantwriting • Dave Scott discussing Pasture Management • Stacie Chavez, Liz Vahlkamp and Alvina Maynard: successful business models • Senior Judges: Jude Anderson & Amanda Vondenbosh You just can’t get more education for your money. Sign up today! So, register your fleeces for the Fleece Show and register to attend the educational opportunity of the year in beautiful Loveland, CO!

Aug
4

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 4th at 6pm and August 5th 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
8

2 Point Farm will be participating in the I-75 Yarn Crawl this year! The crawl is a 6 day event along the I-75 corridor in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. You can visit all kinds of yarn shops, find new and exciting yarns and other treasures, and have a chance to win some fabulous prizes! See the official I-75 Yarn Crawl website for more information at www.thei75yarncrawl.com 2 Point Farm will have small batch mill spun yarns, as well as one of a kind hand spun yarns from our Suri Alpaca herd, in both natural and hand dyed colors. We also carry premium Suri Alpaca yarns from the North America Suri Company. A variety of accessories, including Alpaca Socks and Handmade Rugs will also be available, as well as raw fiber for spinning. Hours during the yarn crawl: 8/8 11am-6pm 8/9 11am-6pm 8/10 11am-6pm 8/11 11am-6pm 8/12 11am-5pm 8/13 11am-4pm (all other days by appointment only)

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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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