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Monday, May 19, 2014

Alpaca Boys Playing and Biting Ankles - with Video

This is fun, brief video of little boys being little boys.  The young males are one of my favorite groups.  They run around, bite ankles and are always up for a good time.



We are an alpaca farm with 150 quirky alpacas, 10 enthusiastic employees and thousands of amazing alpaca products. After 15 years of experience, we offer hand crafted alpaca products from local knitters, crocheters and weavers - including hats, scarves, blankets as well as high-tech alpaca socks and fabrics. We also sell composted alpaca manure as a rich fertilizer. Alpacas of Montana is a fully vertically integrated alpaca farm and we love designing high quality alpaca products.




Friday, May 9, 2014

Dressing Up and Celebrating the Alpaca




We recently returned from an alpaca show, where judges review, prod and pluck fleece from alpacas to determine which one in each class is the best.  This helps determine breeding opportunities, genetic lines and textile possibilities with individual alpacas.  I was fortunate to bring home a first place ribbon with one of our Medium Silver Gray Girls, Ava.  Here I am with Ava, dressed nicely, Ava standing attentively though not overly impressed with her new surroundings.

This makes up a majority of the Denver show events.

However, there is another event where the alpaca is celebrated with creativity and interaction - the costume class.  The tradition dates back hundreds of years in Peru, Bolivia and Chile, where there were parades to celebrate this wonderful animal, the basis of their culture. They were dressed up and costumed as much or more than the people.

In this competition, the tradition continues and I love it.  They are judged on the complexity of the costume, how covered is the body of the alpaca (they do not especially like anything on their head or under their belly) and creativity.








We are an alpaca farm with 150 quirky alpacas, 10 enthusiastic employees and thousands of amazing alpaca products. After 15 years of experience, we offer hand crafted alpaca products from local knitters, crocheters and weavers - including hats, scarves, blankets as well as high-tech alpaca socks and fabrics. We also sell composted alpaca manure as a rich fertilizer. Alpacas of Montana is a fully vertically integrated alpaca farm and we love designing high quality alpaca products.