Australian Alpaca Week returns due to popular demand!
Those who visited an alpaca farm in 2015 enjoyed themselves so much that it is being done all over again! The week of April 30th to May 8th has been deemed “Australian Alpaca Week” in the Hawkesbury and Hills districts.
During this period, farms in the area will be hosting Open Farm days for the public to come and see these endearing creatures and their babies grazing in their paddocks, as well as in penned environments. Alpaca breeders love to talk about alpacas, so visitors are welcome to ask questions and learn what is involved in raising and managing these animals, whether as herd guards, pets or for breeding. Entry is free. Most farms will have warm, soft alpaca products for sale.
What a great opportunity to get Mum a gorgeous alpaca product gift for Mothers Day!
The following studs will be inviting free visits on the following days: Regal House 31 Darcy Place East Kurrajong - Sat 30th April Walkley Fields 43 Tierney Road Kurmond - Sat 30th April Warralinga Stud 364 Spinks Road Glossodia - Sat 30th April and Sun 1st May ➢ Woolpaca Farm 111 Cattai Ridge Road Glenorie - Sat 30th April and Sun 1st May Gunnamatta Stud 16 Mansfield Road Galston - Sat May 7th and Sun May 8th Madison’s Retreat 1880 Bells Line of Road Kurrajong Heights - Thurs May 5th to Sun May 8th
Alpacas are recognised as environmentally friendly livestock. With their soft-padded feet, they are very kind to fragile Australian soils as well as being hardy and adaptable to most conditions. Alpacas are easy to manage and in addition to producing a soft-handling fleece are also extremely appealing animals to own. Most people who start out with a couple of alpacas, even as grass-eaters, are soon on the lookout for a few more to complement their herd. Alpacas are farmed primarily for their fleece and many farms will have raw fleece, spun wool for knitting and finished garments on display and for sale.The fibre is in high demand overseas and is also very popular with hand spinners. The great range of natural colours means that dying is unnecessary, leaving the fibre with its original silky handle.
People come along for many reasons, some for a day out with the family, and others who are thinking of owning their own alpacas. Whatever the reason for visiting, the opportunity to meet the animals and chat with their owners, many of whom have been involved in the industry for 15-20 years, is very beneficial.
More information on alpacas can be found at www.alpaca.asn.au. For more local information, contact the regional secretary on 9653 2277 or al[email protected] (See ad on page 5)