Alpacas in the County
I recently dropped by an open house of a newer Alpaca farm [SHED: Chetwyn Farms] here in Prince Edward County... and naturally I brought my camera.
- Their fleece is luxurious, hypoallergenic, has extraordinary thermal properties and offers 22 natural colours, so no dye is necessary.
- There are two types of alpaca: Huacaya (which produce a dense, soft, crimpy sheep-like fiber), and the Suri (with silky pencil-like locks, resembling dreadlocks but without matted fibers).
It was definitely an awesome experience. The animals themselves were slightly timid but also curious. Pipit (the white Alpaca approaching me) just loved attention.