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As I have written over the years, alpaca fleece is a versatile material that can be created into many  - from end use alpaca hats and alpaca socks like we sell as well as felting, dryer balls, felted soaps, insulation and other creative items. It all depends on what you want to do with it. However, if you are raising alpacas for pure joy and not overly interested in personally expanding into the...
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By: Internet Sources-Owning-Alpacas.com, Norm Evans and Mike Six

Saving Your Alpacas' Life


“The Silent Killer”

Mycoplasma Haemolamae

This paper is to help you save your alpacas' life from one of the little-known alpaca diseases. The disease is Mycoplasma Haemolamae (MH). It is a “Silent Killer”! MH has been detected since the 1990's and was originally called Eperythrozoonosis or EPE. Recently the name...
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Is there really a difference?


From my reading, research, product development experience and use in the field, I would say yes.


Alpaca fleece is as soft as cashmere, warmer than sheep’s wool, hypo-allergenic and almost completely waterproof.   This is the tag line I hear most often in the alpaca world.  I am going to dissect this phrase comparing the two fibers.
 
Alpaca fleece is as soft as cashmere:
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Is there really a difference?

From my reading, research and use in the field, I would say yes.

Alpaca fleece is as soft as cashmere, warmer than sheep’s wool, hypo-allergenic and almost completely waterproof.   This is the tag line I hear most often in the alpaca world.  I am going to dissect this phrase comparing the two fibers.
Alpaca fleece is as soft as cashmere: Sometimes. Some alpacas can...
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Understanding Yarn Weights

 

There are a few types of yarn descriptions in use today:
·       North American or The Standard Yarn Weight System
·       Tex
·       Metric or English Worsted
North American yarn descriptions are used the most and though they are approximate and less precise than the other two systems, they tend to be more comfortable to use for many involved in the wool crafts.
The...
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The most successful alpaca breeders are those who have developed a formal marketing program for their livestock.  When it comes to fiber produce by their livestock each year, however, few breeders have any type of marketing program. The function of the alpaca is the fiber, and most bypass this crucial aspect of the alpaca. Some send part or their entire annual clip to AFCNA to support the...
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When I was first getting into alpacas, I kept on seeing tags on almost every article of clothing as being "Made from Baby Alpaca".  I was amazed at how many cria there must be in the world to produce this one time supply of fleece and what did they do with all of the adult alpacas?  Well, the short answer is, any alpaca can grow Baby Alpaca fleece

"Baby alpaca" is not used as an adjective for a...
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Composting is an essential part of degrading manure.  Composting reduces the volume of the non-composted material by 70-80% - and all you need to do is let it "cook".  The heat involved kills viable parasites and other worms that could otherwise enter a grazing animal. Additionally, composting allows the humus content of the manure to be returned to the soil in a way that is hygienic and boosts...
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Alpaca Tooth Abscess

On occasion, you will begin to see a bulge on the lower jaw of an alpaca.  Usually it starts the size of a marble and can grow from there.  These are dangerous because tooth abscesses can infect the tooth, weaken the bone and potentially break the jaw.
Older camelids:This is usually caused by a tooth abscess. To determine if that is the case, put your finger(s) (carefully) into...
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 On occasion, we have had to feed our cria using a milk substitute. Sometimes the mother was not producing enough milk, was completely absent or the cria was too sick to nurse. If the mother is available, I would highly encourage you to milk the alpaca damfor the milk. If you do need a supplement, below is a comparative chart for milk substitutions. While llama milk is the closest substitute...
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Once again we held our open house the public. We average about 600 people per year at our farm, inviting the public to see the babies, view all of our locally made alpaca products and enjoy a day on the farm. 
About 2 weeks prior to the open house, I start to lay away at night, figuring out all of the things I need to do go get ready for the event. So, hopefully this checklist will help you out...
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Can An Alpaca Farm Be Predator Friendly?

Because alpacas are so gentle and skittish, most assume that this is not an option. Undoubtedly, at every show we are at, customers will come up to us and start talking about the wolves, coyotes, bears and other potential threats against the alpacas. Its true, they are like live bait without any defense mechanisms - minimal kicking, no fighting tactics and a...
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