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Oct
8

Help us celebrate our bountiful harvest of alpaca births and beautiful fleece. Get up close to our colorful alpacas. Hand feed them and meet the females, herdsires, and "fiber boys" - less expensive alpacas for fiber artists, companions, pasture mowers... If you're interested in livestock for a small acreage, we've raised llamas, sheep, goats, & horses, as well as alpacas. We love to chat about them all and the fiber business. Shop for sweaters, gloves, scarves, and more - this is your chance to do some early holiday shopping. Knitters and handspinners (and those with fiber artists on their gift lists) will find fleece and yarn, some dyed and some in one of the alpaca’s many natural colors. Enter the drawing for a gift certificate in the Barn Store. Learn to felt an alpaca scarf. Phone Suzanne 503-348-6954 to reserve your spot. $75 covers instruction and materials. The farm is in Sherwood, Oregon, just off Hwy 99. We'll be open from 10 am till 4 pm.

Oct
8

October usually makes us think of all things warm, cozy and pumpkin. At Windrush Alpacas we prefer Cinnamon, Espresso, and Biscotti, just three of our friendly herd of alpacas who are waiting for you to visit with them on Open Farm Day! Spend time with all of our alpacas at Open Farm Day, Saturday, October 8, 2016. The alpacas love your attention! We’ll give you a tour of the farm, answer your questions about raising alpacas, and let you get close and personal with some of the herd. A visit to Windrush Alpaca is not complete without stopping in at our Farm Store. It’s time to start stocking up on super warm alpaca socks and slippers, hats and gloves, scarves and shawls. We even have cozy pet beds for your dogs and toys for your cats! Make sure you stop by for refreshments too! Do you wish you had an alpaca of your own? You can have a very special alpaca to visit whenever the farm is open if you become an Adopt-A-Paca© member. You’ll get an official certificate, a picture of your alpaca and occasional letters from them too! Learn more about our Adopt-a-Paca© program when you visit. Open Farm Day is for all ages! Informative tours and fun activities keep everyone busy on Open Farm Day! There is always something new to learn and see at the farm, so if you’ve been here before, please come again - and bring a friend! Stop by anytime on Saturday, October 8 between 10 am and 3 pm! Light refreshments will be served! It’s always free admission and free parking. Windrush Alpacas farm is located just 1-1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM. Watch our Facebook page for updates www.facebook.com/WindrushAlpacas. For more information, call us at 575-683-5177 or visit our website at www.windrushalpacas.com, shop online at http://www.windrushalpacas.net/store/ , or sign up for our newsletter at http://eepurl.com/xhiwn! Learn more about our Adopt-a-Program here http://www.windrushalpacas.com/pages/2087/adopt-a-paca .

Oct
8

A celebration of natural fibers and colors sponsored by the Mt. Lassen Fiber Guild. We will have a booth at this event with some new alpaca items including hand knitted garments and alpaca print tote bags. We also have the Felted Alpacas, Alpaca Ornaments, Alpaca Embossed Goats Milk Soaps, Bird Nesting Balls, Alpaca Stuffed Pet Beds, Alpaca Socks, and Alpaca Yarn, Roving and Fleece. The event will feature fiber-on-the-hoof, finished products, demonstrations, workshops, lectures, hands-on activities, yarn and textile competition, Sheep to Shawl competition, sheep dog trials, a Project Circle, and raffle. This year the featured fiber is Alpaca! Saturday, October 8, 2015 10am to 5pm. Sunday October 9, 2015 10am to 4pm. Contact: Jaci Siehl at info@fiber-fusion.org

Oct
8

Come enjoy a day of good ol' fashion fun. There will be arts and crafts vendors in the Firehouse, animals from our local farms, and even hay rides! Puerta del Sol Alpacas will have several of our alpacas on site along with various products made from their luxurious fiber.

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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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