This weekend, June 10-11, is the Frederick Fiber Fest, held at the Frederick News-Post Building.
We are excited to be a vendor at the Fest again this year, and look forward to enjoying the weekend with our fellow fiber enthusiasts, ranchers and artisans alike!
Of course, we will have gorgeous fiber products available for purchase, thanks to our beautiful alpacas! You will love our collection of luxurious, one-of-a-kind yarns that are hand-dyed, hand-spun, and hand-corded. For large… Read More
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Alpacas are domesticated livestock that are most of the time raised for their prized coats. These animals are South American camelids plus are part of vicunas, llamas and guanacos. Alpacas’ coats, that are sheared once per year, can be sold at high cost for use in clothing and household items. Alpaca materials are more robust and warmer than wool, and they’re also hypoallergenic.
These animals are from South America, and were actually located in Peru, Ecuador, Republic of Bolivia and northern Chile. They are usually compared to llamas, and for several years, alpacas were thought to have descended from llamas, reason being their appearances are similar. Many people think that these animals are the offspring of llamas and vicunas. However, in the year 2001, using DNA analysis, analysts proved that alpacas are more closely related to the Vicuna. To reveal that similarity, the species name for the alpaca was changed from musgo pacos to vicugna pacos.
Today, there’s about 70, 000 alpaca in the United States. At first, the United States population was brought in from South America. Today, alpaca are no longer imported, and the US alpaca populace grows strictly from home births.
A full-grown alpaca has a life span of 15 years, weighs anywhere between 100 and 180 pounds, and stands around three feet tall. The alpaca diet contains grass, hay and oats. Alpaca are ruminants, which means that like cows and deer, they are cud-chewers.
Alpacas are kind, nonetheless they may shriek or spit at you if they are anxious, scared or angry. Alpacas usually reserve this stuff for other alpacas, but occasionally, they may aim this action at humans. If you pay attention to an alpaca, you can tell how the alpaca feels, and may easily avoid a confrontation! Alpacas do not like to be held, but a lot can tolerate petting from humans they know and are comfortable with. These animals are naturally inquisitive animals. They don’t jump fences and they may be halter-trained and led.
In a group, these animals use a common dung pile. This can help reduce the occurrence of disease among a herd. Because they are particular about their bathroom habits, some alpacas have recently been house broken!
In the previous many years, a number of people have been considering raising alpacas for their wool, for showing and breeding. The gestation time for an alpaca is around 11 months on average. Twin alpacas are incredibly uncommon, occurring in only one of about every 12, 000 births. A lot of alpacas give birth to their babies, called cria, around the morning time.