Archive for Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Local breeders show off alpacas

September 19, 2007

Kaw Valley Alpacas will participate in the first ever "National Alpaca Farm Day."

On Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30, Kaw Valley Alpacas and other alpaca breeders across the United States and Canada will invite the public to come to their farm or ranch to meet their alpacas and learn more about the animals.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, Bruce and Macel Koerth will welcome guests to their creatures.

"Visitors to our farm on National Alpaca Farm Day can see not only the alpacas, but fleece, yarn, some finished goods and a spinning demonstration," Macel Koerth said.

Currently, Macel and Bruce own 13 alpacas. They also board 32 more alpacas for two other alpaca owners, bringing the total to 45 alpacas that reside at Kaw Valley Alpacas. "That number will change very soon. There are four crias (baby alpacas) due between now and the end of October," Macel Koerth said.

"Alpacas on our farm range in color from black to white, with most colors in between. And visitors are always welcome, not just on National Alpaca Farm Day. All we ask is that you call first to make sure we are at home."

Kaw Valley Alpacas is at 22925 Hemphill Road, just off U.S. Highway 24-40 between Lawrence and Tonganoxie.

To find out more about National Alpaca Farm Day go online to National-AlpacaFarmDay.com. To find out more about Kaw Valley Alpacas, visit kawvalleyalpacas.com, or call 845-2634.

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