Sunday, March 04, 2007

Alpaca farm visit (picture heavy)

As I had mentionned in a previous post, I asked my husband for a visit to an alpaca farm for my birthday. He settled on Green Acres Alpaca Farm, near Brantford, Ontario. He couldn't have chosen better: Nancy was a lovely lady, and she was a wealth of information. She is absolutely passionate about her alpacas, and quality fibre, and it shows.

As we walked towards the farm, these are the cute faces that greeted us... They were somewhat curious about our presence there, and all walked inside to greet us (or maybe they were excited that Nancy was visiting). Compared to other farm animals, they barely make any noise. What do they sound like? They make a humming sound that is similar to mmmmmmmmmm (but I only heard it about three times during the visit).

This was my favourite alpaca. Her name is California Girl. She has an unusual spotted coat, and most other alpacas in the herd( I think it's the proper term), had a single color coat, or just one or two spots in a different colour. Another thing that is unusual with alpacas, is to have more than a single cria (baby alpaca). Twins are sometimes born, but they don't frequently both survive. Nancy also had twins. Here's a close-up of California girl's coat. Don't you want to touch it too?

And this sweet face is Desirae... Sorry Sean, hugging an alpaca is not an easy task, as they can be a bit skittish, but I got you some wonderful roving instead. I think this is her coat...(pic taken indoors) Another thing I didn't know about alpacas (told you Nancy was a wealth of information!) is that they don't have top teeth. They have a hard palate, and need an occasional trim on their bottom teeth...

3 comments:

elisabetha said...

aha! they look like they're always laughing!! oh my they are so adorable. What lovely creatures...I want one in my house!

Knit Picking said...

You can buy California girl for $5000. She has just been listed for sale. I'd buy her too but space is a bit of an issue in a condo with a dog and two cats LOL.

Sean said...

Hi!!!! What a wonderful surprise I got today!!!! I got sick again on Thursday so I've been slacking in blog-land, missed your birthday posts totally and found my package today and was like, huh? ;-) THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!! Sending me presents over your birthday, you're too much!!!! It looks like it was a wonderful experience and I LOVE the pictures!!! I can't believe they won't let you hug them! I want to love them and squeeze them and call them California Girl. (sigh) Thank you again!!!! Hope your birthday was as wondrous as it looks!!!! :) (Go hubbie!!!)