Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Crimp Haven Alpacas ~ Daily Photo ~ 9-26-12

Sunrise down the road about two miles from the house. It was early yesterday morning on my way to school, but for some reason the alpacas were not out. Our road is just one little farm after another...some with cows, one with alpacas,  and others where the farmers rent the fields for growing hay for their animals in another location. Our world is definitely one of lots of little farms of one kind or another. Here is some interesting information about alpacas from the Crimp Haven Farm site ~

Perfect for a family farm, alpacas are gentle and easy to handle. They are safe even for younger children to work with, as they do not bite or butt. This is a venture that the whole family can work together on.
It is our vision that alpacas can become a vital part of the American economy. Well suited to the land and environment here they are also environmentally friendly, protecting the land that we love.
  • Alpacas have soft padded feet. This leaves pasture undamaged, and usable for years.
  • They have no top front teeth, so they are gentle grazers.
  • The alpaca does not usually eat or destroy trees.
  • The average alpaca only eats four pounds of food a day.
  • Although they need a regular fresh water supply, alpacas do not require abundant amounts of water.
  • The herd tends to deposit their manure in one or two spots in the pasture, making clean up easier.
  • Alpaca manure is a fantastic fertilizer.
  • One good acre of pasture can support up to ten alpacas.
  • Alpacas require minimal fencing, as they do not challenge it.
  • However, be careful to have enough fencing to keep them safe from predators (we use post and no climb wire fencing about 5 feet high).
  • They can produce four to ten pounds of fleece a year.
  • Their fleece produces 87 to 95 percent clean fiber compared to sheep’s wool.
  • People who are allergic to wool are generally not allergic to alpaca fiber.
This post is linked with 'Barn Charm" and "Our World Tuesday


  1. i love the sun hitting the face of the barn.

  2. (and i'm amazed at the 1 acre to 10 alpaca ratio!)

  3. Well then. I guess I need a few alpacas.

  4. Sunrise sure does make a lovely postcard. Very interesting about alpaca. Lynne:)

  5. Nice barn! You captured it at the perfect time.

  6. How funny. My photo for tomorrow is of the Alpaca farm we have have to time it just right to get a photo of them grazing as they are not left out all the time. Love all this information!!

  7. Very interesting post. I knew about lammas, but not about alpacas and I did google it to learn more. I think I could use a couple in my yard. Nice to hear about many small farms - they seem to be making a comeback, with the prices placed on groceries nowadays.

  8. now, that's beautiful... beautiful farm, barn & edit! a post card from an alpaca farm! love it

    thanks for joining this week's Barn Charmiversary =)

  9. The early morning light makes for lovely photos. Thanks for the info on alpacas. I really didn't know much about them.

  10. Nice morning glow that promises a good day. Liked all the info about alpacas and their gentle nature too.

  11. That Union Square reference is so funny when contrasted with the pastoral image here.

  12. I love the photograph, and sure interesting reading about the alpacas! I did not know any of it...

  13. wow, gorgeous layout. i enjoy seeing alpacas but would enjoy seeing them up close.

    how did you make the postcard? so great!! (:

  14. Delicious color and light. Excellent and delicate postcard.

  15. Oh, I wish we had known about alpacas when we lived in the country!

    I like your idea of posting Faulkner's quote on my blog. I love reading, have since I learned how to do it. My mom set a great example. One of the things I treasured about teaching first grade was experiencing kids' delight in realizing that they could READ.