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January 2012

"Alpaca News" Archive for January 2012

Alpaca trio head for Kent Life
Kent News: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Heritage farm attraction Kent Life is set to welcome three mischievous Alpacas this February, the first time this species has been on view at the park.

Alpaca Action: Luxury Fiber Farming
Lewiston Auburn Magazine: Monday, January 30, 2012
''Alpaca farmers like to say, 'We grow our mittens in our own backyard,''' said Robin Fowler, president of the Maine Alpaca Association (MAA). As an alpaca farmer herself, she knows ''an alpaca farmer is different from a traditional livestock farmer. It requires a whole different skill set.''

Alpaca Fur Store Opens
WVNSTV.com: Sunday, January 29, 2012
We are not out of the cold just yet--when it comes to winter weather and a new business in Spanishburg is opening to help folks prepare for the elements.

Fire Destroys Somers Barn
NBC Connecticut: Friday, January 27, 2012
Firefighters spent much of Friday night battling a barn fire at an alpaca farm in Somers.  The fire broke out just after 6PM Friday at Clear Mountain Alpacas on Pioneer Heights. 
Since its establishment by the alpaca fibre processing industry in Arequipa in 1984, the International Alpaca Association (IAA) has been at the forefront of efforts to maintain the quality of alpaca fibre from the farm gate to the final consumer ever since. Prior to the formation of the IAA, the alpaca fibre sector was somewhat disorganised with a wide range of fibre finenesses that were not always commercially repeatable as well as blends with wool masquerading as 100% alpaca.

Suppertime
The Columbus Dispatch: Friday, January 27, 2012

Tom Quinn of the Black Diamond Alpaca Farm feeds his herd of 29 alpacas at his barn in Pataskala. Quinn raised cattle before switching to alpacas nine years ago. He said raising the small animals, which are similar to llamas, is stress-relieving. He sells their wool for use in knitted and woven items. Quinn said he also hosts field trips for groups such as students, Girl Scouts and nursing-home residents.

Farmers market at art museum is perfect winter pairing
Telegram Towns.com: Friday, January 27, 2012
Where can you get fresh vegetables, beautiful music, classic art, alpaca yarn and bat houses, sit in a pharaoh's chair or eat red velvet cake pops and giant chocolate chip cookies, all under one roof? At the Fitchburg Farmers Winter Market at the Fitchburg Art Museum, of course.

Alpaca rescued from river
Hampshire Chronicle: Friday, January 27, 2012
IT WAS a chilly night in the River Test for this alpaca after he discovered a hole in his fence.

Leading Alpaca Breeder Snowmass Alpacas Offers Elite Alpaca Genetics in Unprecedented Sale
PR.com: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Arguably the world’s most successful alpaca breeder, Snowmass Alpacas, is set to sell some of their key breeding stock that made them so successful, along with a selection of their 2012 show string animals.

Tiskilwa store features alpaca items
brcnews.com: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Hats, sweaters, scarves, and gloves made with alpaca fleece are available at Tiskilwa Farms Alpacas Shop, which recently opened in downtown Tiskilwa.

Exeter, R.I., appeals to skiiers, lovers of the outdoors, and alpacas
The Boston Globe: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
What they lack in size and attractions, small towns make up for in character. Exeter, population 6,000, is a town as unique as it is small. The site of the state’s only ski area, it’s also home to two notable cemeteries, the windswept and gorgeous Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, and the Chestnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery - where lies the body of Mercy Brown, accused posthumously of being a vampire in the late 19th century. The town has many places to enjoy the great outdoors, including the state’s biggest recreational property, and there are a number of down-home dining options. Like to shop? Did we mention the alpaca farm?

Alpaca at the library
The Gadsden Times: Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I went to the Llama Llama Red Pajama party at the library this morning and Sandy the alpaca made an appearance.

Alpacas introduce owner to world of fiber arts
Donthan Eagle: Sunday, January 22, 2012
When Wynne Simmons started raising alpacas, the plan was to breed and sell the South American animals.

New Ulm Resident Asked by Authorities to Remove His Alpacas
KEYC TV: Friday, January 20, 2012
Authorities say Andrew Maurer had four alpacas behind his fence on his property.
His intensions were to use the animals as organic lawnmowers, and sell alpaca fleece for $7 to $10 a pound. However, the city code in New Ulm prohibits non-traditional domestic animals on their property.

City sends alpacas packing
The Journal: Friday, January 20, 2012
New Ulm Police got an unique complaint this week from a New Ulm resident: a neighbor was harboring illegal llamas.

New marketing scheme for alpaca fleece
Southern Weekly: Friday, January 20, 2012
Premium Alpaca is hoping to change Australia’s fleece market, with a new marketing concept aiming to increase international demand for the luxury fibre.

Alpacas right at home with Cedar County family
Marshfield Mail: Thursday, January 19, 2012
After living in Midland, Texas, for most of their lives Jay and Heidi Pinard thought it was time for a change. They wanted to raise their three sons — Zack, Tyler and Logan— in a rural setting. After looking at a few places, the Pinards decided to purchase 37 acres near Stockton, where the family eventually would move to in 2005. Jay decided he wanted to have a ranch where he could raise livestock.

Snow Alpaca sighting in Puyallup
KING5.com: Monday, January 16, 2012
Wanting to do something out of the ordinary, we did not want a regular snowman in our yard...so we put a twist on a classic and made a snow alpaca! It is truely one of a kind and is attracting much attention in the neighborhood so we built a baby snow alpaca as well. What a work of art!

Doll enthusiasts share love at show
The Marretta Times: Monday, January 16, 2012
Hundreds of people made their way past tables loaded with dolls, teddy bears and other stuffed animals during the 21st annual Teddy Bear and Doll Show and Sale at Marietta's Lafayette Hotel on Sunday.

Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre to host alpaca convention
Sunday Mercury: Monday, January 16, 2012

IT IS the home to the world famous Crufts dog show. But this year Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre will host an animal extravaganza with a difference – an alpaca convention.

Wanted: more alpaca fleece
Stock Journal: Monday, January 16, 2012
ALPACA is said to be the fibre of the gods, but Australia's alpaca fleece market is yet to reach stellar heights.

Alpaca Felting Workshop to be held January 27-28
North Texas e-News: Sunday, January 15, 2012
Calling all crafters!  How about starting out 2012 by learning how to felt with natural fibers?  Under the direction of Sherry Watkins, fiber artist extraordinaire from Loudon,TN, we will be :

ALPACA UNITED ENTERS PHASE TWO OF DEVELOPMENT, HAHN ASSUMES NEW ROLE.
Alpaca United:
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Chair Lee Liggett, on behalf of the Board of Directors and CEO Nick Hahn have jointly announced the successful completion of Phase One of the Company’s business strategy targeting increased awareness for NA Alpaca Fiber on the commercial textile, designer, retail and consumer levels.

Call for alpaca on the menu
Tasmania Mercury: Thursday, January 13, 2012
TASMANIA'S premium alpaca fleece is commanding high prices but an industry leader has suggested there could be a future in alpaca meat.

Large Number of Alpaca Dead In Callalli Region of Arequipa
I Love Peru.com: Wednesday, January 12, 2012
According to mayor Ángel Vilcahuamán Puma, heavy snowfall in the southern region of Arequipa has resulted in the recent death of 3,680 alpaca. The snowfall and subsequent loss of livestock occurred at altitudes between 3.800 and 5.000 meters high. The death toll had the largest impact on pregnant and baby alpaca. Callalli is reported to be the home of about 80,000 alpaca.

Museum's Family Day to feature Peru
San Angelo Standard Times: Wednesday, January 12, 2012
Long-necked, woolly alpacas will be special guests for Family Day at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.

Venture puts a new spin on arts
Oak Bay News: Wednesday, January 12, 2012
A passion for fibre arts earned Stephanie Papik, owner of Knotty by Nature, the Business of the Year award at the third annual B.C. Aboriginal Business Awards.

After 120 years, area family farm switches from horses to alpacas
SunGazette.com: Sunday, January 8, 2012
Mike and Elizabeth Longstreth are the husband and wife team behind Lazy Meadows Alpacas, a Hughesville farm and mill and Muncy store.

A farm yarn: Fill-in farmers get a knack for lovable, prankish alcapa
Sun Journal: Sunday, January 8, 2012
At Village Farm Alpacas in Waldoboro, there are many gates.

National Western Stock Show alpacas visit 9NEWS
9NEWS: Saturday, January 7, 2012
News interview with the Dorbands.

Joint Eblast — ARI and AOBA Examine Future of Alpaca Industry
ARI: Friday, January 6, 2012
As announced in a joint AOBA-ARI eBlast and both organizations newsletters, the two organizations have begun a joint strategic planning effort aimed at determining the best path forward for the North American alpaca industry as it pertains to AOBA and ARI.

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary provides home for rescued alpacas
Brentwood Gazette: Friday, January 6, 2012
MEET Harry, who faces a brighter future thanks to Hopefield Animal Sanctuary.

$13K Reward For Information About Slain Alpacas In Essex
Madison Patch: Friday, January 6, 2012
The owner of an Essex Alpaca farm says generous donors have allowed him to increase the reward for information leading to a conviction. The animals died from stab wounds, according to state police investigators.

Reward in alpaca stabbing case increased to $13,000
The Middletown Press: Thursday, January 5, 2012
An Ivoryton alpaca farm owner has increased the reward amount to $13,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for stabbing four of his animals.

Property damage investigation in Cedarville
JournalStandard.com: Thursday, January 5, 2012
Stephenson County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a report of criminal damage to property (over $500) that occurred at around 1:26 a.m. on Dec. 2, 2011, in the 5400 block of West Richland Road in rural Cedarville.

Alpacas warm feet and hearts for Honeoye family
MPNnow.com: Wednesday, January 4, 2012
When Casey Mantione got into alpaca farming, he never knew he would have such a personal connection with the animals.

Playful creatures
The Daily Iberian: Wednesday, January 4, 2012
"Watch out she's going to spit," said Dr. Ed Lisecki.

‘Shearing’ the love at Cowboy Camelids Alpaca Ranch and Gift Shop
Valencia County News Bulletin: Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Maybe you need to spend a day with an alpaca. Or a whole herd of 16 for that matter at Cowboy Camelids Alpaca Ranch in Bosque Farms, where Bill and Angela Richardson and their 3-year-old son, Travis, raise alpacas and operate an alpaca ranch and gift store.

Updated May 30, 2015