National Farm Alpaca Days Sept 23rd and 24th in 2023
LondonDairy Alpaca Ranch & Alpaca Threads Gift and South American Wine Store will participate in the “National Alpaca Farm Days”. On this weekend in September, alpaca breeders from across the United States and Canada will invite the public to come to their farm or ranch to meet their alpacas and learn more about these inquisitive, unique animals.
Both days from 10AM to 3PM, the LondonDairy Alpaca Ranch will welcome guests to join them to find out why going “Green” with alpacas is so attractive. This is a FREE open house! The gift store will be open.
Come get an early jump on Christmas presents! We will have a special discount rack for early shoppers! Enjoy some of our selected South American wines to bring that unique ambiance for your holiday events !
What is an alpaca?
Alpacas, cousins to the llama, are native to the Andean Mountain range of South America, particularly Peru, Bolivia, and Chile.
Alpacas were first imported into the United States in 1984. Since then, the alpaca industry has grown steadily, according to the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA), the backbone of the alpaca industry. Current estimates total over 120,000 registered alpacas with the Alpaca Registry, Inc. (ARI) in the United States and more than 4,000 AOBA members in North America.
There are two types of alpacas in the United States today. Although almost physically identical, what distinguishes the two types of alpacas is their fiber. The Huacaya (wa-Ki’-ah) is the more common of the two and has a fluffy, extremely fine coat. The Suri is the rarer of the two and has fiber that is silky and resembles pencil-locks.
Adult alpacas stand at approximately 36 inches at the withers and generally weigh between 150 and 200 pounds. They do not have horns, hooves, claws or incisors. Alpacas are alert, intelligent, curious, and predictable. Social animals that seek companionship, they communicate most commonly by softly humming.
Alpacas are shorn, without harm, every twelve to eighteen months. They produced five to ten pounds of luxurious fiber. Long ago, alpaca fiber was reserved for Incan royalty. Today it is purchased in its raw fleece form by fiber cooperatives, hand-spinners and fiber artists. Knitters love the natural colored, soft yarns!
Because of its soft texture, alpaca fiber is sometimes compared to cashmere. Making the fiber even more coveted, it has the luster of silk. Alpaca is just as warm as wool, yet 1/3 the weight of wool to achieve that warmth. It comes in 22 natural colors, yet can be dyed any desired shade. It has been proven to be the strongest of the natural fibers making products last a long time.
Containing no lanolin, alpaca fiber is also naturally hypoallergenic. Most people who are sensitive to wool find that they can wear alpaca without the itching or irritation they feel from wool because alpaca fiber is smooth.
Additional performance characteristics include: stretch, water repellency, and odor reduction. For travelers, clothing made from alpaca is desirable because it is wrinkle-resistant.
Visit this weekend or schedule an appointment for another day ( 920-793-4165).