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When we first were thinking about getting into the alpaca business, we were most drawn to the animals themselves.  Alpacas are just beautiful to look at, especially when they are in their full fleece.  They are gentle on the land.  They are curious, yet cautious. As we studied more about alpacas, we found that their fleece actually has some amazing properties. 

The fleece is the “fur” on alpacas.  It grows very fast and very thick.  When going to alpaca shows, it is the fleece that is judged the most.  The judges look at the length, the crimp (waviness), density, and organization of the fleece while on the alpaca as well as some of its other attributes.  Once a year, the fleece is sheared.  This usually takes place in May for us.  The fleece is extremely hot for the alpacas, especially during the winter, so the alpacas have to have the fleece removed (sheared) in order to stay cool.  It would actually be inhumane to not shear an alpaca as they could start to suffer from the effects of heat stress. 

After the alpaca fleece is sheared, we send it off to have it processed into roving or yarn.  From this, we make scarves, rugs, dryer balls, bird nesting spheres, socks, hats, sweaters, throws, key chains, etc. 

There are two different types of alpacas – huacaya and suri.  Here at Eagle Eye Farm, we raise huacaya alpacas.  These are the big fluffy alpacas.  The suri alpacas have fleece similar to our llamas, which is extremely long and not so fluffy.

Alpaca fleece has many beneficial properties, including:

  • All natural and renewable

  • Multitude of colors, which can be dyed

  • Hypo-allergenic because there is no lanolin

  • Light-weight

  • Soft

  • Shiny

  • Less irritating than other natural fibers

  • Excellent durability

  • Half the moisture of wool, so feels better against the skin

  • Flame resistant

  • Water resistant, so it wicks away perspiration

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