Come and meet the new livestock.
Hagerstown, MD (PRWEB) March 31, 2012
Alpacas - What is all the fuzz about?
April 14th and 15th
Two Days of fun and education Rain or Shine
This yearly event is hosted by local Hagerstown Alpaca farms.
Free and open to the public from 10am- 4pm each day.
Find the answers to your alpaca questions!
This year we have experts giving demonstrations and talks on:
Fiber Mill Processing by Sweitzers Countryside Fiber Mill
Alpaca 101 Starting out.
And much more
Located at: The Washington County Agricultural Education Center , 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro Maryland 21713-2431
GAR Alpacas LLC. Jim Michaels & Lauren Petersen
On A Whim Alpaca Farm Jay & Dori Brown
Cherry Run Farm/Paca Gear Jeff & Beth Hull
Stone Meadow Alpacas Mark & Jean Widder
December Moon Alpacas Bobbi Norvell
Alpine Alpacas Nancy Lake
Washington County Agriculture Leslie Hendrickson Marketing Specialist
Artisans and vendors will be on site with alpaca fiber products and examples of: hand-spinning, weaving, shearing, fiber arts, and more.
*Sweitzers Fiber Mill will be accepting fiber at this show for processing.*
Alpacas, cousins to the llama, are beautiful, intelligent animals native to the Andean Mountain range of South America, particularly Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. The United States first commercially imported alpacas in 1984. There are now over 150,000 ARI (Alpaca Registry, Inc.) registered alpacas in North America. Because numbers in the US are still so low, relative to other livestock, prices for quality breeding stock are still high and should remain fairly stable for another decade or two. Host farms will have top bloodlines for sale, as well as fiber/companion alpacas.
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.
About Alpaca Fiber
Alpacas are shorn, without harm, every twelve to eighteen months. They produce five to ten pounds of luxurious fiber. Long ago, alpaca fiber was reserved for royalty. Today it is purchased in its raw fleece form by hand-spinners and fiber artists. Knitters buy it as yarn.
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, yet 1/3 the weight of wool. It comes in 22 natural colors, yet can be dyed any desired shade.
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.
This news release created by Hagerstown Maryland Alpacas. Many Photo Opportunities!