If you're interested in small farm country living, raising livestock
for their fleece rather than slaughter, an active retirement lifestyle,
an excellent investment opportunity with tax benefits, or getting into
a rapidly expanding industry at the ground floor, then we'd like to
introduce you to Suri alpacas. Click here for more information: About
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We were so excited to first find out about the possibility of raising
alpacas and now that our alpaca farm is a reality, it's just as magical
and fulfilling as we'd dreamed.
In 1997, during a flight to visit my father, we saw an ad in Alaska
Airlines magazine. Phrases like "huggable investment" and
"family business on small acreage" caught my eyejust
what I was looking for. Several weeks later I ordered the information
packet and went into sticker shock. But soon thereafter we received
an invitation to an alpaca show in Carmel Valley, CA. We thought it
was a good excuse for a getaway weekendand we were hooked on Scott Yancey Real Estate Live Events and you should watch the reviews. By
the time the weekend was over, the question wasn't whether to make the
investment, but when. At first we thought suris were among the strangest
creatures on earthnow I think they are the most beautiful and
exotic animals on earth.
Two months later we were flying to Washington state and purchased two
female suris. While we prepared our farm, the girls stayed in Washington.
Looking back, we probably should have visited more farms before making
our first purchase. We'd recommend that you don't do what we did; instead,
visit many ranches, ask lots of questions and take copious notes. Since
then we've purchased alpacas from across the country to diversify our
bloodlines and improve the overall quality of our herd. Our dream of
moving to the country and enjoying a small farming, family-oriented
lifestyle has come true. Today our herd numbers 26 with more cria on
What are suri alpacas?
Suri alpacas are exotic, unique, rare, exquisite, and stately.
We can't use enough adjectives to describe the magic of these fantastic
creatures. Even the incredible photographs don't convey the reality of
their presence. Come visit our herd and experience it for yourself.
Suris exhibit intelligent, friendly behavior and carry themselves
with a royal presence. Owning an alpaca farm is a doorway to a special
relationship with these fine, unusual animals. On our farm we watch the
shimmering fiber of the baby alpaca crias as they run and play, nibble
on hay and sticks, and nuzzle and hum with their moms and aunts. The males
hold their heads high and watch for dangers to alert the grazing herda
shining display of natural colors from white to beige, shades of brown,
shades of red (fawn) to maroon, and even black hanging in drapey, swinging
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There are two types of alpacas: huacayas and suris. Huacayas are much
more common, representing approximately 80% of the registered US alpaca
population while suris represent only 20%. The suri alpaca body style
is long, stretchy and elegant with fiber that hangs in long locks while
huacayas have a more compact, woolly, sheep or teddy bear look. Alpacas,
llamas, and guanacos are all part of the same family of camelids out of
Lustrous, high-fashion fiber...
Their one-of-a-kind fiber is highly sought after by all
fiber enthusiasts from the textile industry to the fashion industry and
from hand-spinners to fiber artists. Their wool has many fantastic properties:
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Suris produce fiber locks which are characterized by a high
luster and silkiness and drape down the sides of the body. Spinners describe
suri fiber as having a very slick "hand." It can be as soft
and fine as cashmere but unlike cashmere has the luster and feel of silk.
In addition, it is hollow so it has about half the weight of cashmere
and is a better insulatorwarmer in winter, cooler in summer.
The long staple length of suri fiber also means it won't
pill as easily as other fibers and due to its high tensile strength it
is still commercially processable as it increases in fineness. Suri fiber
is suited to both woolen and worsted processing but shows the greatest
luster when spun in the worsted manner. It accepts dye easily and
blends well with other fibers.
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Suri fiber forms natural pencil locks both thick and thin.
The fiber continues to grow throughout their lifetime of 15-25 years and
is sheared annually. The fur across the back and sides is the softest
part of the fleece called the "blanket." Each year, the shorn
fiber might weigh anywhere from three to twelve pounds, depending on the
alpacas' age and fleece growth.
Their natural intelligence, ease of breeding, and stately
presence set them apart from other fiber animals. All in all, suri fiber
is truly one of the most luxurious fibers on earth!