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Alpaca farming workshops slated

Thursday, February 2, 2012

WEST TERRE HAUTE -- Two upcoming workshops will help those interested in learning more about alpacas.

A one-day seminar on the fundamentals of alpaca farming is planned for Saturday, Feb. 11, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Alpacas 101: The Fundamentals of Alpaca Farming, will be offered from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The workshop will be hosted by White Violet Farm Alpacas, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence.

The farm's staff will share common experiences of setting up an alpaca farm, how to avoid common mistakes and assistance on getting into the business.

The workshop will be most beneficial for people who are thinking about becoming alpaca farmers or those very new to the business.

The event is hands-on.

Those interested are encouraged to come dressed to go to the barn and get up close and personal with some of the alpacas.

Topics will include: Health issues, shots, feed, barns and sheds, pasture care, toenails, developing goals, fiber, record keeping and water needs.

Sign-in begins at 9:30 a.m., with coffee and rolls.

Cost is $75 per person or $100 for two people from the same farm or family. Lunch will be included.

The second workshop, "Alpaca 102: What do I do with all this fiber," will take place Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., also at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

The workshop will be hosted again by White Violet Farm Alpacas.

A hand-on approach will be emphasized with time to skirt, card, wash and felt alpaca fiber.

Workshop presenters will demonstrate spinning and weaving and will also share some ideas on shearing and fiber presentation.

Participants will learn proper processing techniques to get the most out of the alpacas' fiber.

Cost is $75 per person or $100 for two people from the same family or farm.

Lunch will be included.

Sign-in begins at 9:30 a.m., with coffee and rolls.

To register for either workshop or both, call Robyn Morton at 812-535-2932 or e-mail rmorton@spsmw.org.



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