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May
26

Dinner right on the ranch! Enjoy the ambiance with the alpacas in the pasture, eating a meal prepared by local Cama Beach Chef Donna King! Four course dinner, dessert and a glass of wine. Dinner at 6pm, come early and enjoy the ranch, shop for the perfect must have alpaca items, and enjoy friends. We thank you for your support!

May
27

Join EasyGo Farm at Alpacas of Oregon and take a break from the Memorial Day Winery Tours to watch the alpacas get their annual haircuts. Get up close, hand feed them, and handle their luxurious fleece. Shearing Day is Saturday. On Sunday, learn to felt an alpaca gift. Phone Suzanne at 503-348-6954 to reserve a spot. $25-$75 covers your materials and instruction. Both days, you can shop for teddy bears, sweaters, scarves, & other alpaca products, many hand-crafted. Hand-spinners, knitters, & other fiber artists will find fleece and yarn. Many of the yarns are in one of the alpacas’ natural colors, spun from the fleece of a single animal. Bring your camera and get a shot of the alpaca who provided the raw material for your next project. Visitors can chat with four 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. 21345 SW Aebischer Rd, Sherwood - just off Hwy 99.

May
27

This is a two day seminar held on Memorial Day weekend. Taught by Master Shearer Franc Winkley. Learn how to handle your animals safely and shear them to obtain the very best harvest. This class is designed for beginners and experienced shearers. Four Levels of Certifications available from Beginner to Master levels. You may also bring your 'support crew' so that family members or helpers may learn how to assist you in shearing when you get back home. It's a great seminar and you will save tons of money doing your own shearing!

May
27

Visitors welcome this weekend, about 10 AM to 2 PM Check out our alpacas and llamas. The ranch store will be open. (Socks, scarves, yarn, hats and more) Over the weekend we will be working with fleeces,spinning, Nuno felting- It's a work weekend for us, so lots going on. Check out alpaca ranching!

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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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