6 Neat Uses for Soft Fluffy Alpaca Fleece

So, you’ve sheared your alpaca for the first time… or maybe you’ve bought some alpaca fleece in Maryland. But what to do with the fleece once you’ve got it? While selling it is certainly an option (who doesn’t need the money?), you should first take a look at how many cool things you can do with it yourself. You might know about some of its uses, but others might surprise you. Read on to find out more!

1. Yarn

Of course, you can turn your alpaca’s soft fleece into yarn. Anyone who’s a fan of knitting or crocheting can certainly appreciate some good quality fiber! Even if you don’t have the time or equipment to do the spinning yourself, there are many mills that are happy to process your fleece.  Most will even dye your fiber for you.  Imagine how many possibilities that opens up. Whether you decide to sell it, give it away, or make a masterpiece with it is up to you!

2. Clothing (especially winter wear)

Who doesn’t love attractive and comfortable alpaca fleece clothing?  Because alpaca fleece is hypoallergenic, anyone can include alpaca fiber clothes into their wardrobe.  Oftentimes, light-colored alpaca fleece can be dyed and handled in such a way that produces gorgeous shirts, bottoms, and clothing accessories. With the yarn produced from your better alpaca fleece, you can create the ideal shawls or cardigans for yourself or as gifts for your friends and loved ones.

Because alpaca fleece is so soft, warm, and comfortable, it’s ideal for winter wear. Imagine having light shawls during the summer and thick coats in the winter! Further, you can make gloves, hats, and scarves that are sure to keep you toasty and cozy during the coldest part of the year. What a blessing!

3. Felting

Just like sheep’s wool, alpaca fleece can be felted.  Felting the fleece opens up a whole new realm of crafting and fiber arts possibilities!  From fun and funky felted hats to delicate needle-felted accents on scarves to toys for kids of all ages, alpaca fleece felt produces items that are sturdy, hypoallergenic, and beautiful.

4. Rugs

If you think alpaca fleece is limited to clothing items, you can think again. Whether spun into super-thick rug yarn or felted, alpaca fleece produces durable and attractive rugs.  And, of course, since it’s alpaca fiber, it’s soft.  This makes it preferable to many wool rugs, which often use lower-quality wool; most feet agree that soft rugs are better than scratchy ones!  Who could argue?

5. Bedding

Using alpaca fleece for your sheets, blankets, or pillow cases can be one of the best decisions of your life. Nothing is better than a good night’s sleep, especially after a long and tiring day. That time in dreamland can be even more blissful when you’re surrounded by the warmth and comfort of alpaca fleece bedding. (You might not want to get out of bed in the morning, though!)  For smaller projects, you can create wonderful throws and afghans from alpaca fleece as well.

6. Toys

Almost every child has a toy they cling to at all times. If you’re in the market for a good child’s toy, you’re in luck! All of that extra alpaca fleece you have (if there’s any left by now) can be used to make the perfect toy. It’s almost guaranteed that your child will love a homemade stuffed animal toy made with real alpaca fleece. Such a toy is sure to put a smile on your child’s face! What better gift could you give?

Now that you’ve read through a variety of ways to use your alpaca fleece, why not get started? Of course not everybody has their own alpaca to shear for fleece.  We are thrilled to be a resource for alpaca fleece in Maryland, and invite you to peruse our collection of high-quality yarns, roving, and finished items.  You can stop by the Little Boutique at Breezy Hill in person or online.  We also will have booths in a few craft fairs throughout the year – check back for updates!

5 Critical Resources for Raising Happy and Healthy Alpacas

Alpacas are basically irresistible. They’re precious, low-maintenance, and are sure to be a great addition to your family. You know this if you’ve ever visited alpaca farms in Maryland or elsewhere. But their near perfection aside, there are some things you need to have to give your alpaca the very best. Below is a list for your convenience!

1. Plenty of Room

Alpacas like to run and roam, and certainly enjoy their freedom to move. The best way to ensure you can offer this to your alpacas is to have lots of land. One acre is usually enough for five to ten alpaca, but more is better, especially if you want more alpaca.   You need to make room – you don’t want these sweet animals cramped or nervous for lack of space!  As we noted in an earlier post, also be sure that their pasture includes a sturdy shelter from the elements.

2. A Good Perimeter Fence

This is important for various reasons. First of all, a good fence will help keep predators away from your alpacas; as alpacas are very susceptible to attacks, this is vital. Strong fences with barbed wire are typically ideal.  Make sure the fence is high enough, too.  A good fence for an alpaca pasture should be 4 feet high.  As noted above, it’s important that the land inside the fence is spacious.  This isn’t only because of space requirements for the alpacas’ daily lives, but  because adequate space allows your alpacas to move away from perceived threats beyond the fence.

3. Protection

Even the best fence may not be enough to keep predators away. One common solution is to put your alpacas around other, sturdier animals (such as llamas or similar herd animals). It may also be a good idea to get a couple of good guard dogs to fight off predators and alert you if there’s trouble around. You can never be too cautious when it comes to your alpacas’ safety!

4. Shears or a Shearer

Shearing your alpacas isn’t all about collecting the fiber! Similar to shaving very furry dogs or regularly brushing a cat, shearing your alpacas is necessary to keep them clean and comfortable. Most people prefer to shear them during the spring, which will ensure that they’re cool during summer and warm during winter. Shearing them once a year also keeps their fleece from becoming matted and ugly. If you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, you can hire someone to do it for you for a decent price.

5. Other Alpacas

This is extremely important. The saying goes “no man is an island,” and this is true for alpacas as well. Alpacas are used to living in herds, and raising a social animal all by itself can have a negative impact on its health. We all know how it feels to be left alone for long periods of time; that’s why you should make sure your alpacas don’t have to experience that.  Socialization and companionship with each other is essential to alpacas’ well-being.

We hope you’ve learned something about alpacas, especially if you want some yourself. As long as your put these things into practice, you should be well on your way to raising a happy, healthy herd of lovely alpacas!

If you’d rather visit alpacas instead of raising them yourself, there are plenty of alpaca farms in Maryland for you to visit.  We would love to introduce you to our herd and show you the farm.  Email or call us to schedule a tour!

Caring for Alpacas: 5 Essential Facts

Alpacas are one the most interesting animals in the world. Caring for alpacas is not difficult – in fact, they are easy to keep and even easier to maintain. One of their major advantages is the fact that their fleece makes one of the strongest fibers and is used in many industries.

We have a lot of alpaca farms in MD. Farmers have already discovered that these friendly animals are worth keeping. How do you take care of an alpaca?

1. Build a good shelter for them

Though they have the capability to survive cold and harsh environments, it is advisable to build a good and comfortable shelter if you plan on keeping alpacas. During the summer when the sun is scorching hot, and the temperatures are high, provide a shaded area for them.

If you are grazing them, fence the grazing area to keep them safe from predators. You do not know what’s lurking out there.

Always make sure that the shelter is clean.

2. Provide vet care for them

Alpacas also need medical care just like human beings. You will not spend much on their medical bills, but you must be willing to part with some money.

Familiarize yourself with various alpaca diseases and their symptoms. This will help you to know when an animal is unwell and call a licensed veterinarian for a consultation.

They should also be vaccinated twice every year. The vaccine is the same as that used for sheep.

3. Feed them well

For your alpacas to grow strong and healthy, you will have to feed them well and adequately. Typically, they feed on grass and hay, but they also take specialist concentrated foods. Alpaca food is cheap and easily available, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

You should ensure that they do not feed on poisonous weeds like ragwort while they are grazing. They should also be regularly supplied with clean water.

Most alpaca farms in MD allow farmers who are interested in keeping them to visit and learn more about them.

4. Carefully breed them

An alpaca is ready for breeding at only 18 months old!  However, you should be very careful when breeding your alpacas, especially if you choose to do it yourself.

A baby alpaca, which is referred to as a cria, should not be hand-reared unless there is no other option. This is because managing them might turn out to be difficult as they grow older.

5. Shear them once a year

Alpacas should be sheared once a year since they produce fiber. Shearing should happen primarily during the spring to enable them to comfortably deal with the humid summers. This greatly enhances their survival chances even under harsh conditions.

An alpaca shearer who is experienced takes at most 7 minutes to shear one animal. Shearing is a critical maintenance task, and it should never be missed.

Successful alpaca farms in MD are enough evidence that caring for alpacas is easy and rewarding. The benefits are also great and farmers enjoy huge profits. If you can keep a sheep or any other domestic animal, you can also keep alpacas. Trust me, you will love them!

6 Important Alpaca Health Indicators to Be Aware Of

The health of any animal is indispensable, but especially on an alpaca ranch. A herd of alpaca must be kept safe, comfortable, and well-fed as a whole to produce healthy alpaca individuals.

Some people would refer to alpacas as docile, which is true. In fact, they are prey in their natural environment, and instinctively mask signs of pain or weakness to survive. On a farm, these instincts are still at work, which can make it tricky to monitor your herd’s health.  But when you know basic alpaca health indicators, you can size up the general condition of a single animal or your herd pretty quickly.

Since these creatures are cute and cuddly, you should find it easy to develop a relationship with each animal. With this approach, you can readily assess the herd and identify any suffering alpaca as soon as possible. For example, if a particular alpaca does not exhibit the same degree of friendliness and effervescence as usual, this may indicate that the animal is not well or has been hurt.


6 Important Alpaca Health Indicators

1. If an animal is listless, dull in color, or very skinny, then it may be unhealthy.  Generally, alpacas are alert, curious, and nimble animals, and their coats are lush.  A mature alpaca can range in weight from 48 kg – 84 kg (106 – 185 pounds), depending on height and age.  So if an alpaca is stumbling, lying on the ground and refusing to get up, being less social with its herd members, or just seems and looks more tired than usual, it may be injured or ill. If the condition is minor and easy for you to identify, you can try treating it yourself. However, if it is more serious, consult a veterinarian.

2. If the entire herd is dull, not alert, and not curious, then there may be a parasite or nutrition problem. Get in contact with local vets to find out what diseases are common in your area. Diseases abound but they rarely manifest themselves in a dangerous way. Early detection and treatment will prevent the spread of an illness throughout your herd. The following diseases are a possibility:

  • West Nile Virus
  • Bovine viral diarrhea
  • Hoof and mouth disease
  • Meningeal worm transmitted by rabies, ticks, lice, or deer

The actual occurrence of any of these illnesses is rare in alpaca, but if you are uncertain about your animal’s condition, check with a vet.

Note:
Be careful of how frequently you administer worming medication. Too often, a worming can make worms more resistant to the treatment, leading to the need for more concentrated or costly medication. Monitor your own area and administer a wormer quarterly or when infestation is actually detected. The alpaca density on a farm determines the rate of spread of a disease. Study alpaca droppings for signs of worms and rotate to new pastures if worms are detected.

3. If an animal has an over-bite or has crooked legs, it may have genetic problems that will affect its mobility and health. If you’re purchasing an alpaca, pass over all such animals unless the owner can prove it was an injury and not genetic.

4. Blue eyes with a white coat may indicate deafness, which is genetic. Check for this and make sure you are prepared to treat them appropriately if you go ahead and purchase this alpaca

5. Alpacas should have narrow chests and straight legs, a nice tuft of hair topping their heads, and should always be alert and curious. However, they should not be aggressive, kicking or jumping on humans.

6. If you plan to breed your animals, you will need to see pedigree information, the parents (if they are still on the ranch), and all vet and vaccination records.


Also good to know:

Alpaca health issues may cause neurological symptoms such as seizures, ataxia (loss of coordination), head tilt, tremors, etc. To prevent these health problems in your herd, educate yourself about the animals you own.  Understanding what diseases can affect your animals will help you know how to prevent these and other diseases.

If you never take your animals anywhere, you only need to ensure that all visitors have not come from another farm and do not track anything in on their shoes. If you show your animals or have new animals, then it is a good idea to have a quarantine area set up. The space ideally would have a buffer zone all around of uncut land as wide as an alpaca can spit. Alpacas can catch a disease from any other ruminant, including goats, camels, cows and so forth.

Every animal will have a different personality. Every farm will have its own climate and landscape challenges.  And every farm deals with animal and herd health challenges.  But keeping an eye on these alpaca health indicators will allow for early detection and treatment of any condition.  And keeping your herd healthy means that most of your time will be spent enjoying your animals.

If you want to visit a farm, visit our alpaca ranch in MD. You’ll be sure to have a very good time.

 

7 Reasons Alpacas Make Great Pets

Most people know that alpacas can be used as pack animals and that their fleece is valued for its silkiness. Pet lovers often ask if alpacas can make friendly pets. The truth is, these llama cousins are friendly and easy to handle. Besides being inquiring, they are also intelligent and sensitive. Additionally, they are calming to be around and show a quick response to gentle handling. Here are 7 reasons alpacas make great pets.

1. Alpacas Have Super-Soft Hypoallergenic Fleece.

If you have never touched alpaca fleece, you will be delighted at how soft it feels. Besides being fluffy and soft, alpaca fiber is naturally free from lanolin and other allergy-causing agents. Whether you want to hug an alpaca or make a blanket from its fleece, you are not likely to suffer the same redness and itchiness caused by other types of fiber. Additionally, alpaca fiber has been granted a class 1 rating by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission because of its flame resistant nature. This fleece is also water resistant, making it a warmer alternative to cotton, and a lightweight option to sheep’s wool.

2. Given Time, Alpacas Are Typically Receptive to Human Touch.

Every relationship is founded on trust. Once this amazing animal becomes acquainted with you, it will be much more receptive to your contact and touch. In fact, alpacas tend to be more similar to cats in behavior than to dogs. After establishing trust from familiarity, most alpacas will allow you to stroke their backs and necks, and even hug them! What’s more, alpacas are very friendly and even more receptive to children than adults, perhaps because children are small, and therefore less intimidating to be around with than adults.

3. Alpacas Have Different Personalities and Come in Many Shades.

Like people, alpacas are individuals, each one with a different personality. Some are shy and passive, some playful and boisterous, while others are proud and determined. They are not only fun to be around, but also curious about everything happening in their surroundings. Furthermore, alpacas are colorful creatures; their fur has been classified in 16 different shades. This attractive range of colors eliminates the need for artificial dying when their fleece is used in interior design or fashion. Alpacas’ special blend of characters and colors will make you spend most of your time strolling among them, watching, and being entertained by their antics.

4. Alpacas Are Easy to Train Compared to Other Pets.

Alpacas are perfect animals for training and can even be trained by kids using a leash and a halter. It is wonderful to watch children put alpacas through their paces — walking over crinkly obstacles, navigating between hay bales, walking across bridges, and even jumping small fences!

5. Alpacas Are Tidy.

As stated earlier, alpacas are more similar to cats in behavior than to dogs. An example of this is that they tend to love a communal dung heap. This quality is beneficial to you because it relieves you from the stress of collecting randomly scattered droppings. Thus, you can select an ideal spot for your alpacas to deposit their beans. Not only does this make clean-up easier, it provides you with a great source of perfect garden fertilizer. Alpaca dung is not “hot”, so you can take it directly to the garden without the risk of scorching your plants.

6. Alpacas Are Helpful.

Alpacas make great guardians of other herd animals like cows, goats, and sheep. They can co-habitate peacefully with most domestic herd animals, as they are not very intimidating to them. However, even though they are smaller than llamas, they do an excellent job keeping away small predators like possums, coyotes, weasels, and skunks. As a bonus, alpacas can help with your lawn mowing, because they bite off the tops of grass while grazing, rather than pulling it up by the roots like sheep.
And always remember, if the need arises, you can use them to transport your luggage from one place to another!

7. Alpacas Are Easy to Care For.

If you have one acre of land, you can comfortably keep up to ten alpacas. Their day-to-day upkeep and training is easy, but like any animal, alpacas need care and attention. Alpacas require regular feeding and easy access to plenty of clean water, of course, as well as adequate shelter from the elements. Additionally, plan on annual shearing, regularly scheduled vaccinations and de-worming, and routine toenail trimming. The cost of keeping alpacas varies depending on your plans and herd size.

Even though alpacas have some quirky behaviors like spitting when they are unsatisfied, more and more animal lovers are opting to keep them as pets because they are easy to look after, intelligent, and tidy. Time spent with alpacas is stress-relieving — perfect for forgetting about all the troubles of the world!

If you’re in the area and want to see just how friendly alpacas are, you should stop over at our alpaca farm in Md. We think you’ll agree that alpacas make great pets! After a fun visit with the animals, you can visit our store as well to see a beautiful variety of alpaca fiber products.

5 Reasons Alpaca Fur is Superior to Other Clothing Fibers

Alpaca wear has a long and venerable history. The first record of Alpacas was in the Andean mountains. Alpacas were perfect for producing a fiber suitable for protecting these people from their extreme climate. Alpaca fiber is similar to wool and known for its beauty, lustre, warmth, and stain resistance. It is comparable to cashmere in beauty and thermal properties but can be spun to look like fur or tweed. Alpaca wear is not only beautiful but also longer wearing than almost any other fiber.

Some of its benefits are mentioned below:

1. It’s Natural

The quality of the wool is determined by its growth, scales, length, and diameter. This makes it different from fur. Its elastic properties make it easy to work with and blend with other wool and other natural or synthetic fibers. The process of obtaining the wool from the producing animals varies, with the quickest, most common and painless method being the shearing of sheep.

2. Non-allergic and resistant to fire

With the many highly processed products in the market today, only wool stands out as purely natural. This makes it very safe, especially for newborn babies who are still very sensitive to the environment. This product causes no skin irritation or reactions and hence is best for the whole family. This has been a problem when it comes to manmade synthetic fibers, which have undergone plenty of chemical treatments and processing. Wool has a very high ignition threshold and does not drip or melt. Hence it is very safe in all circumstances, especially in bedding and sleepwear for children.

3. Moisture Absorption

The hollow characteristic of wool fiber makes it hydrophilic; it absorbs water, a very large amount of water. It can absorb almost a third of its weight before being saturated, thereby keeping the wearer dry even in wet weather for some time. These properties allow it to retain its shape as long as proper care is taken as directed by the garment manufacturer.

4. Heat Retention

This is the most sought-after property in wool. Alpaca is very good at retaining heat and trapping air in so as to keep the wearer warm throughout. Heat retention is also a characteristic of fur, but fur is bulky. This light-weight heat retention property is what makes wool a preferred fiber for warm clothing like scarves, sleeping garments, hats, and coats in a cold climate.

5. Versatility

Due to this characteristic, wool can be blended or incorporated into many different products. It can be used for clothing for newborns, long coats, and general garments like men’s suits. Wool is a very fashionable fiber and defines what class is all about. It has been used in almost every type of clothing from business suits to sportswear, to blazers, to fleeces, and across all age groups. It has been recognized as an environmentally friendly material suitable for all situations. In addition to being comfortable and fashionable, wool is renewable and recyclable. This puts it in line with the green wardrobe and green living movements that have started up recently in an effort to minimize carbon emissions and maximize the use of renewable resources worldwide.

Alpaca-wear accessories are cute, flirty, fun, stylish, and long-lasting. Alpaca wool’s versatility is legendary and it can be as tightly spun as the finest silk and still retain its strength and lustre, or can be spun to look like fur but with warmth unmatched by any other wool. From sassy hats to fluffy alpaca slippers, alpaca clothing and accessories are gifts of comfort and utility.

Alpaca-wear hats made of 100% baby alpaca fur are a delight to wear and to behold. This fun accessory makes the perfect gift for the lady with a love of luxury and style. These gorgeous hats will be a gift she keeps and wears for years to come.

To demonstrate yet again just how versatile alpaca wear is, long johns of Alpaca are certain to become favorites of him or her. With all the warmth of traditional long johns but with the superior breathability and comfort of alpaca-wear, these 70% baby alpaca wool blended with 30% acrylic long johns are keepers that are bound to make alpaca converts of almost anyone!

Alpaca wear makes a superior gift for the lady or man who deserves something special. You can never go wrong with a fiber that combines the best qualities of wool, synthetics, silk, cashmere, and more and is crafted into elegant fashion accessories, outerwear, or even fun fluffy slippers.

Whatever you want your gift to say, say it with style! Alternatively, just treat yourself to the luxury and elegance of alpaca or the warmth and comfort of unisex alpaca long johns. And don’t forget the teddy bears!

6 Stunning Products You Would Never Know Were Made From Alpaca Fur

Alpaca clothing is all about class, comfort, and classic chic style. Made of Alpaca fur – known for its incredibly soft, sumptuous quality – Alpaca clothing is tailored to fit without sacrificing your comfort to keep you warm, stylish, and beautiful.

Alpaca Sweaters

Sweaters are key items for every wardrobe and Alpaca sweaters are no different. Alpaca clothing offers styles varying from long-sleeve, short-sleeve, turtleneck, v-neck, crew neck, and cardigan style sweaters. All are tailored to fit, ensuring comfort, warmth, and a flattering look.

Alpaca Coats

For those chilly winter months, a coat is a must-have item. While many shoppers buy a new coat every winter, an Alpaca coat can last you year after year. Alpaca fibers are made to last and through seasons of use, your coat will retain its integrity and shape through the seasons. Styles include double-breasted, hooded, long, short, and toggle, making style and comfort a guarantee.

Alpaca Shawls and Alpaca Wraps

With a shawl or wrap, you can transform a flattering outfit into a knockout one. This is a key item that can be used on any occasion with almost any outfit as a way to add color and class. The line of Alpaca shawls and Alpaca wraps come in a variety of colors, patterns, styles, and lengths. Colors include several neutral tones for unmatched versatility. Various patterns and lengths help you find the style that matches your tastes. From fringe, patterned, embroidered, and crocheted wraps to striped, multi-colored, and single-toned, you can find the right wrap for the right look.

Alpaca Capes

The line of Alpaca capes, as well as ruanas, are incredible additions to outfits, adding elegance and warmth to any look. These capes are gorgeous and beautifully made to drape over your shoulders without taking away from your overall look. For wintertime style, Alpaca capes are a must-have item for versatility, warmth, and a look of timeless elegance.

Alpaca Menswear

When it comes to comfort and style, men also get to appreciate the advantage of Alpaca wear. The line of men’s clothing includes well-made polo shirts, tailored sweaters of all styles, and coats, both long and short-length pea coats. Menswear, like all Alpaca clothing, has a timeless look to last you through the seasons and through the changing fashion trends.

Shopping For Trendy Alpaca Capes

Alpaca capes are made of lustrous and unbelievably soft Alpaca fur. Brought from the Peruvian mountains, the fur is used to make a wide variety of Alpaca clothing. Such pieces of clothing, especially Alpaca capes, are known for their extraordinary quality, warmth, softness, and lasting value. Capes are wrinkle and waterproof and due to the quality of the fibers, capes made of Alpaca wool retain their shape after extended wear. With such characteristics, looking fabulous is just an added bonus.

How to Wear Alpaca Capes

These capes are extremely trendy and beautiful additions to outfits. They provide warmth without appearing too bulky or heavy. And unlike coats, capes don’t conceal the fabulous outfit you’re wearing underneath, they simply drape over it. It is this kind of fashion statement that enhances a look.

Drape an Alpaca cape over your shoulders in a classic look.

Pinch the cape with a stylish belt to further accessorize your outfit.

The cape is designed for extended use and most of all, versatility. Play around with different looks and see what works best. Whether it’s over a cocktail dress, a sleek pantsuit, or a casual outfit for a stroll around town, these capes can bring elegance and class to any outfit.

Where oh Where to Wear Them?

Anywhere and everywhere! That is the beauty of having such a timeless piece of attire in your wardrobe. Capes go perfectly with a dinner with friends, a fancy party, a business luncheon, a shopping spree, or a day when the air is a little chilly.

Remember, there is no rule stating when and where you can wrap yourself up in a luxuriously chic Alpaca cape. Its timeless versatility allows you to find your own sense of Alpaca-inspired style and run with it.

Your Own Alpaca Style

Your sense of style is all about what makes you feel comfortable and attractive. Alpaca clothing is designed to make you feel all that and then some. Your clothes shouldn’t cling to you making you feel claustrophobic, nor should they lose their shape after a few months of use. Alpaca capes drape over your shoulders to accentuate your look, not take away from it.

With this kind of addition that keeps you warm in a classy way, you can find your sense of style – a timeless, chic look that is the focal point of Alpaca capes and clothing.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Alpacas

Most people know that these cute, furry llama cousins are native to some regions of South America, that they are used as pack animals, and that their fur is prized for its silkiness. However, there’s probably a lot you don’t know about alpacas.

Whether you love their adorable pouts and wide eyes or you’re interested in keeping domestic alpacas on your farm, there are a few things you might be surprised to learn about this member of the Camelidae family.

About Alpacas 1: They are Hypoallergenic

Pet allergies are not uncommon. These days animal breeds like hypoallergenic cats and dogs can cost a small fortune.

The same is not true of the trusty alpaca, whose fur naturally lacks the lanolin content that some attribute to itchiness. Whether you want to hug an alpaca or make a sweater from its fur, you’re unlikely to suffer the same itching and redness caused by other types of animal fleece.

About Alpacas 2: Their Fleece is Water and Flame Resistant

Not only is alpaca fur given a Class 1 rating by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission thanks to its flame resistant nature, but the fact that alpaca fleece is also somewhat moisture wicking makes it a lightweight alternative to sheep’s wool and a warm alternative to cotton.

About Alpacas 3: Alpacas are Colorful Creatures

No, we’re not talking about their personalities, although they are known to be a somewhat fun-loving and mischievous species. We’re talking about their fur, which has been classified in a whopping 16 different shades.

About Alpacas 4: They can be House Trained

Most people don’t realize that alpacas behave more like cats than dogs when it comes to waste elimination. They tend to prefer a communal dung heap.

This is most likely due to the fact that alpaca males smell female waste to determine the proper time for breeding. It works in your favor, though, because you can select an appropriate spot for an alpaca outhouse, so to speak.

About Alpacas 5: Alpacas are Quite Useful

Not only can they carry your packs and provide you with valuable fur, but a herd of alpacas could also replace your lawnmower. Unlike sheep, which tend to pull up grass at the roots, Alpacas behave more like goats by chopping blades of grass.

While some people keep alpacas as family pets, many around the world rely on them as a means of earning a living. Whether you create beautiful clothing from their fur, they help you to haul your goods to market, or you rent out your herd for landscaping and brush control, there are few animals more practical to own than alpacas.

Winter is Here – Keep Warm and Stylish with Alpaca Fleece Clothing and Accessories

Here at Breezy Hill Farms we a first-rate herd of alpacas. In our time raising these wonderful animals we have seen some of the great ways alpaca fleece can be utilized.  Today we are going to talk about how you can use alpaca fleece to stay warm and comfy this winter.

Alpaca Products to Help You Stay Warm

Alpaca fleece is an amazing winter fabric. It holds in heat, keeps out cold, and doesn’t absorb moisture. All this while still being incredibly lightweight and soft. Here are some of the stylish alpaca products that will help you best the cold this winter:

  • Cardigans – A great way to look stylish this winter.
  • Sweaters – This classic is taken to whole new level of comfort when made with alpaca fleece.
  • Zipper sweaters – Similar to the classic sweater but easier to get on and off.
  • Long johns – Alpaca long johns are more comfortable and keep you much warmer than traditional long johns.
  • Stylish ponchos – Ponchos can be more than just a great fashion accessory. In fact, alpaca ponchos do a great job protecting you from cold winter gusts.
  • Deep neck pullover – This is a very hip look right now, and it’s the perfect season to try it out.
  • Fur headbands – This is a trendy way to keep your ears nice and warm.
  • Shawl – This classy accessory is a great way to stay warm and look great.
  • Scarves – Scarves are a necessary part of all winter wardrobes. The luxurious look and feel of alpaca fleece makes scarves even more marvelous.
  • Turtlenecks – A great way to keep your neck and torso nice and toasty this winter.
  • Fur hat – This is a very classy accessory, and it keeps your ears cozy and warm.
  • Gloves, mittens, and glittens (a glove/mitten combo) – These are another absolute necessity this winter.
  • Beanies – a great way for men to keep their ears warm this winter.

The Benefits of Alpaca Fleece

Now you know what alpaca products to buy for this winter season. Let’s take a look at some of the things you’ll love about your new alpaca wardrobe additions:

  • It is luxuriously soft – It is as soft as cashmere, but it is much more durable and long-lasting.
  • It is very strong and light – Alpaca fleece is uniquely lightweight and has unmatched strength.
  • It is wrinkle resistant – Not only does alpaca fleece not form matted balls as it is worn and washed, but it also naturally resists wrinkles.
  • It doesn’t absorb moisture – This is part of the reason why alpaca fleece makes such great winter wear.
  • It doesn’t absorb odors – Because it naturally wicks away body oils and odors, the alpaca fleece you wear requires significantly less laundering.
  • It is naturally flame resistant – Most synthetic fibers are highly flammable. Therefore, they must be covered with potentially irritating flame retardants. Alpaca is naturally resistant to flames.
  • It is hypoallergenic – Alpaca is lanolin free and doesn’t hold dust. This makes it an amazing find for those with allergies.

Learn more about Breezy Hill Farms

Visit our website to learn more about our farm, and check out our store to see our premium alpaca products.

Historical Uses of Alpacas – Part 2

Though the Alpaca population was all but wiped out when the Spanish invaded the Incan Empire, the Alpacas made a comeback during the 1800’s. Specifically, in 1834, an Englishman by the name of Sir Titus Salt discovered some Alpaca fleece in a warehouse. Since he already owned several textile mills, he began to test the fleece’s suitability. [Read more…]