Saturday, October 15, 2011

Agri-Women Farm Tour: Alpacas

The Flint Hills Chapter of Kansas Agri-Women toured Prairie School Farms.

It was a beautiful day and we learned quite a bit; everything from the nutrition, to sheering, trimming of hooves, and the weaving process of the fiber. The owners were wonderful hosts and not only did they make it educational but they also hosted us in their house for a delicious brunch and  our monthly meeting.
Each of their animals has a unique personality.
Alpacas were exported from Peru in the mid-1980s 
The hair of the alpaca is called 'fleece' or 'fiber' rather than 'fur' or 'wool.' Alpaca fleece has 22 natural shades

This guy's fiber is a favorite among the local buyers at the yarn shop.
They are sheered annually.

The noise that alpacas make is humming
Its best to educate at a young age!

Couldn't resist this!

Alpaca babies are called Cria

A little practice showmanship.
Side jaunt to the chicken coop. This adorable coop is from repurposed wood and salvaged items. Everywhere we looked and saw something cute they had a story about where it came from, what it had been, they are great stewards and examples of rural resourcefulness.

Thanks again to Prairie School Farms!

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