One day it’s warm and sunny. The next day it’s cold and rainy. It must be spring in the Northwest. The boys pictured above are longingly looking towards the girls’ pasture hoping to get their attention.
Here’s Aster, our youngest girl, who is brilliantly bright white on a dry, sunny day. But today she’s looking a bit gray. The alpacas’ fleece gets wet and muddy this time of year.
The alpacas have two and half more months of fleece growing until shearing day comes in June. Their thick, fluffy coats are keeping them warm on our cold and rainy nights.
Alpacas: luxuriously soft and curiously charming.
Look into the eyes of an alpaca and you’ll see an intelligent and curious animal — each one with its own personality. They produce luxurious fleece that rivals cashmere in softness and is warmer and lighter than sheep’s wool. Here are some quick alpaca facts to get you up to speed on camelids.
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• Alpacas are native to South America in high altitude regions found in Chile, Bolivia, Peru.
• There are 2 distinct breeds – Huacaya and Suri. Our herd are huacayas.
• Alpacas graze on pasture and eat orchard grass hay.
• Alpacas are found in 22 natural colors – white, various fawns, browns, grays and black.
• Alpaca babies are called cria. [ cree-uh].
• Alpacas are friendly and curious but may keep their distance until they feel comfortable with you.
• Do they spit? Yes, it’s just one form of communication between them. However, they rarely will spit intentionally at you.
• Alpacas and llamas come from the same family – Camelids and they get along fine together in the pasture. Our llamas are guards for the alpaca herd to protect from coyotes.
We welcome visitors all year round. A visit to the farm will give you an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the sweetest alpacas you’ll ever see.