"Good News" Magazine Sept. '17 PP issue to publish online - Page 12

Celebrate National Alpaca Farm Day! Who: Jim and Ann Taylor What: Open Farm Day Where: The Bald Eagle Valley Alpaca Ranch When: Saturday, September 16th, 10 am - 4 pm If you've ever been curious about alpacas, you won't want to miss this fun and educational day! Proprietor Ann Caruthers Taylor is eager to introduce you to the Ranch's herd of 38 Huacaya alpacas. Huacaya alpacas are a fuzzy, teddy bear type, compared to Suri, which have long locks. One of the more common questions Ann often answers is what the difference is between alpacas and llamas. Both alpacas and llamas belong to the Camelid family, which includes vicunas, alpacas, guancos, llamas, and camels. All except the camels are na- tive to the Andes Mountains in South America. The main physical difference between the two is size. While alpacas are approximately 5 feet tall at the shoulder and weigh between 100 - 175 pounds, some llamas can be up to 6 feet tall and weigh as much as 400 pounds. There is also a distinct difference in the ears, with alpacas having short, spear-shaped ears, while llamas have longer, banana-shaped ones. Alpacas have a shorter muz- zle and rounder head than llamas. They produce a finer fiber and more fleece than their larger cousins, and come in a much greater variety of colors (about 22). Their dispositions vary as well, being herd animals, while llamas are more independent. Alpacas tend to be a bit more skittish than llamas, which are often used as guard animals for small livestock. And yes - they do both spit! Usually only when provoked or under duress, though. One of their more endearing qualities is their habit of humming when they feel curious or cautious. They are also intelligent, easy to train, and cohabitate peacefully with other species. Alpacas have a life-long maternal bond with their offspring. Their lifespan is between 15 - 20 years. They are bred to have a very fine coat, and are raised for their luxurious fleece, which is much softer than normal wool. Alpacas are not killed or injured in obtaining their fleece; they simply get a haircut, much like sheep, once a year. See and feel the difference for yourself at the Open Farm Day. Alpaca yarn and hunting socks will be available for sale. And for those who want to get up close and personal with the actual animals rather than the fleece they produce, Taylor promises that their alpacas will eat right out of your hand! BALD EAGLE VALLEY ALPACA RANCH Luxurious Yarn ~ Hunting Socks Alpaca Breeding & Sales ~ Farm Mentoring Jim & Ann Taylor actaylor@1952@gmail.com 185 Flickwood Drive, Julian, PA 16844 814-933-7751 10 Pawsitively Pets -- September