Did You Know: National Alpaca Farm Days 2010 Is This Weekend?

I saw this article on my friend Cindy Truitt’s blog yesterday and I felt it should be passed along. Especially for those of you in the Alpaca industry who did not know National Alpaca Farm Day is going on this weekend- perhaps it isn’t too late to get some last minute marketing put together for the event!

Several Alpaca farms from across the nation will celebrate National Alpaca Farm Days 2010 by opening the doors of their farms to the public this weekend, September 25th & 26th, to educate the public about Alpacas and what goes on at the farms.

Visitors will be able to see the alpacas up close, talk with ranch owners and staff, ask questions, and purchase alpaca fiber and alpaca items such as handmade rugs, hats, scarves, gloves/mittens and socks (where available, of course).

Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years. Along with camels and llamas, alpacas are classified as camelids.

Of the various camelid species, the alpaca and vicuna are the most valuable fiber-bearing animals.

The Alpaca because of the quality and quantity of its fiber, and the vicuna because of the softness, fineness and quality of its coat.

Alpacas are bred exclusively for their fiber.

They are social herd animals that often live in family groups.

Many community calendars have listings of ranches that are going to be open this weekend, so check yours to find one in your area!

Julie Wassom

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Debbi Siebert on September 25, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks Julie for the mention. Anyone can go to the following link and find more info and find a farm near them who is participating this weekend. And of course we love visitors at any time so call a farm near you to schedule a visit for a different weekend, too.

    Debbi Siebert
    Alpaca Spirit Ranch
    Caddo Mills, TX


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