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February 2012

"Alpaca News" Archive for February 2012

Indiana Barn Fire Kills 23 Show Alpacas
Firehouse.com: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
A barn fire killed 23 alpacas in Hancock County over the weekend, but the loss goes far beyond just a single farm.

The Hills Are Alive with…Alpacas?
The Journal News: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Alpacas are animals that you would certainly expect to see roaming the hills and mountains of South America, but you’d probably never expect to see them in Boone County. So it may come as a surprise to some that just 4.5 miles out on East Bend Road in Burlington sits a gem of an alpaca farm where you can see over a hundred of them.

Henry Vilas Zoo welcomes baby alpaca
WKOW.com: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison has a new addition, a baby male alpaca. He's been named Phantom of Birchwood.

Warm, fuzzy Alpacas arrive
Shelbyville Times Gazette: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The 11th annual Southern Select Alpaca Show returns to Calsonic Arena on the Celebration grounds this weekend, and it's the type of show that's friendly to spectators, according to Kay Kemp of Petersburg, one of the organizers.

Hancock County barn fire kills 23 alpacas
Fox59: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
A barn fire killed 23 alpacas in Hancock County over the weekend, but the loss goes far beyond just a single farm.

Terry's alpaca farm
Fingal Independent: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
A LITTLE bit of Chile has arrived close to Clonalvy, near Naul, thanks to Terry Gill who is running an alpaca farm and has the South America animals grazing in a number of fields around the small village. A business graduate, who has a full-time office job, he decided to diversify into alpacas which resemble a small llama, about two years ago.

Loss of 23 alpacas at Melton farm deals severe blow to program
Greenfield Daily Reporter: Monday, February 27, 2012
When Wayne and Susi Melton look out at the charred remains of their family’s alpaca barn, they are overwhelmed with sadness.

Scenes from Alpaca Celebration
Farm Carolina: Saturday, February 25, 2012
The Carolina Alpaca Celebration drew a steady stream of visitors and competitors to Cabarrus Arena and Event Center on Feb. 18 and 19 and offered up plenty of interesting sights to see.

POLL: Should Animals Be Allowed on Common?
Patch.com: Thursday, February 23, 2012
The issue of whether animals should be allowed on the Common surfaced earlier this week and has created quite a buzz.

Where in South Kitsap? | Did you know?
Port Orchard Independent: Thursday, February 23, 2012
No, I'm not a Llama.

Schooley concerned for the country
The Daily American Online: Thursday, February 23, 2012
Republican Travis Schooley said concern for his country is the driving force behind his run for the 9th Congressional District seat.

Should Animals Be Allowed on the Common?
Patch.com: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Concerns about alpacas displayed during last summer's farmer's markets could lead to a Town Meeting discussion about allowing animals on the Common, selectmen said tonight.

Celebrate winter at Tower Hill this Saturday

Taunton Daily Gazette: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Despite unseasonably warm weather, Town Hill Botanic Garden staff expect its first Annual Winter Carnival to be a "very cool'' affair.

Alpaca's are herd animals and like to live in groups
Hull and East Riding: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
ALPACAS live for about 20 years.

Furry friend proves that two's company for lonely Gabriella
Hull and East Riding: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
IT IS hoped the latest arrival at an East Riding zoo will prove a ray of light for a lonely alpaca.Gabriella had been living with the llamas at Sewerby Zoo, near Bridlington, for a bit of company.

Baby alpaca beats odds to survive
The Star: Monday, February 20, 2012
NEWBORN alpaca Twirly is a tiny miracle after he arrived five weeks premature.

New Alpaca Arrives At Sewerby Hall & Gardens
AboutMyArea.com: Monday, February 20, 2012
Sewerby Zoo is pleased to announce its new arrival, Madge, an 18 month old Alpaca who is one of four species of South American Camelids.

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Alpacas and llamas have some significant differences
Norwich Bulletin: Saturday, February 18, 2012
More than once I have been asked, “what is the difference between a llama and an alpaca?” Both are frequently seen on the farms of The Last Green Valley. In fact, the largest alpaca farm in Connecticut is in Hampton.

Web Feature: Fulfillment in Fleece
Arizona Public Media: Friday, February 17, 2012
Twelve years ago, Peter Livingston lost his deer. Disease decimated the small herd of sika deer that Livingston, an engineer, raised on his three acres in east Tucson. Only a single three-pound fawn survived.

Carolina Alpaca Celebration draws growing numbers
Richmond County Daily Journal: Friday, February 17, 2012
Folks all over the state are gearing up for the 6th annual Carolina Alpaca Celebration, coming to the Cabarrus Arena in Concord Feb. 18-19.

Alpaca farmers to take part in weekend event with competitors from across U.S.
Salisbury Post: Friday, February 17, 2012
The 30 alpacas on Ben and Melissa Augustyn’s farm on Kluttz Road are accustomed to drawing attention.

Alpaca Extravaganza Show features alpaca ranches and vendors
North Forty News: Thursday, February 16, 2012
Alpacas, the world’s oldest domestic livestock, will be on display on Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alpaca Extravaganza Show located at the Boulder County Fair Grounds in Longmont.

Andover Winter Farmer's Market: think local
The Township journal: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
A mid-winter farmer’s market was held at Hillside Barn Park in Andover this past Sunday. The market was created to spread the idea of locally grown food and locally produced craft items. The event benefits consumers as an additional place to shop and benefits farmers and artisans as an additional source of income.

Federal grant boosts North Yarmouth alpaca farm
The Forecaster: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
An alpaca farm and producer of natural fiber textiles has received a $30,000 economic grant from the federal government.

Alpaca Celebration coming to Cabarrus Arena
Farm Carolina: Monday, February 13, 2012
Top quality alpacas will be competing in several levels of show competition during the Carolina Alpaca Celebration here Feb. 18 and 19.

Donna Karan Fall 2012 Review
FASHIONetc.com: Monday. February 13, 2012
Donna Karan showed two shows today. The first, a fast parade of outerwear for her Casual Luxe line, continued a bit with the tough streets of New York theme we saw at DKNY (read: leather). Leather, layers, and alpaca wool walked out in quick succession. Then, darkness.

Funtington alpacas helping Southbourne growers
Chichester Today: Monday, February 13, 2012
AN ORGANIC smallholding in Southbourne is hoping for some top quality produce after starting an ex-poo-riment using manure from alpacas.

A close call
The Canberra Times: Monday, February 13, 2012
No one in their right mind holidays at a destination 20 minutes from home! That was my reaction when Mrs Yowie Man suggested we take the family for an overnight stay to, wait for it ... Murrumbateman.

Alpaca farm looking beyond herd mentality
BuffaloNews.com: Sunday, February 12, 2012
David D’Amato and his friends were looking for a different kind of investment.

Family's alpacas approved by board
The Westerly Sun: Friday, February 10, 2012
The Zoning Board voted 3-2 on Thursday to overturn a decision of zoning official Brad Ward that the Sposato family was violating the town's zoning ordinance by keeping alpacas.

All for want of some good socks
Salmon Arm Observer: Thursday, February 9, 2012
Two years ago, for Christmas, I received a pair of really good, heavy-duty socks made of alpaca wool by Tocino Alpacas right here in the Shuswap. I still have them. They are warm, comfortable, fit well and are a pleasure to wear. They are also the first thing I choose when I’m going for a walk in the outdoors. Each and every time I wear them, I thank my editor for such a great gift.

Local Food for Global Thought fair keeps it locally grown
The Sheboygan Press: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Ellwood H. May Environmental Park will host the Local Food for Global Thought food fair on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, but donations at the door will help defray event costs.

Camelids of South America: Llama and Alpaca
About: Monday, February 6, 2012
I don't know about you, but I've always been confused about llamas and alpacas. In zoos I've visited, they looked pretty similar to me, and never having done much study on them, well, all I knew was they were domesticated in South America, somewhere high in the Andes.

Workshop to emphasize basics of alpaca farming
TribStar.com: Sunday, February 5, 2012
A one-day seminar on the fundamentals of alpaca farming is planned for Saturday at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

Dick and Joann Beckley aren’t typical farmers. They don’t have acres of green pastures or barns filled with cattle and hay, but instead a plot of land with fences and pens that house their 21 alpacas.

Alpaca farming workshops slated
Brazil Times: Thursday, February 2, 2012
Two upcoming workshops will help those interested in learning more about alpacas.

The shearing of the alpacas
ABC Rural: Thursday, February, February 2, 2012
You've probably heard the saying 'as soft as a baby's bottom.'
Editor's Note: This article has a great audio interview with the farmer and the shearer. Enjoy.


Alpacas OK’d for Aspen Saturday Market
Aspen Daily News: Thursday, February 2, 2012
A local man will be able to bring alpacas, chickens and a goat or two to the Aspen Saturday Market this summer to showcase his organization’s sustainable farm.

Alpaca breeders facing eviction from their home near North Nibley vow to continue planning battle
Gazette Series: Thursday, February 2, 2012
A COUPLE facing eviction from their home have said they will continue the fight to stay on farmland near North Nibley.

Freed from their fleeces
ABC Local: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
You've probably heard the saying 'as soft as a baby's bottom.' But, here's an idea, how about 'as soft as an alpaca's fleece?'

Legal action may follow dog attack
Tenterfield Star: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
A LOCAL breeder is considering taking legal action after two of her prized alpacas were killed by a couple of domestic dogs at the Tenterfield Show last weekend.

Updated May 30, 2015