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Paca Talk # 17–Alpacas in the News for August 7, 2009.

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Welcome to Alpacas in the News, the weekly segment of Paca Talk dedicated to bringing you alpaca-related news items from around the world. I’m your host, Maren Bradley Anderson, and this is Alpacas in the News for August 7, 2009.

Alpaca Industry News

2009 National Alpaca Farm Days Update

August is here and National Alpaca Farm Days television commercials
will be on the air in less than four weeks!

Registration is open!  Go to www.alpacaowners.com and click on the
National Alpaca Farm Days tab to register your farm to participate in a nation
wide event!  100% of the $25.00 registration fee goes to National Alpaca Farm Days advertising.  Ads will be run on satellite TV during the month of September.

National Alpaca Farm Days website will be open to the public on September 1st.  Participating AOBA member farms will be listed on the farm locator.  Visitors can search
for participating farms by farm name, last name, city, state, and even enter their own
zip code and find participating farms in a specific radius to their home.

Remember each participating farm can customize the hours and days their farm will be
open on National Alpaca Farms Days.  Please login to www.AlpacaOwners.com and
look for the “Membership Services” link. After clicking on that link you are taken to
the “Member Details” page and look for “Update NAFD Visitor Hours & Info.”
Click on that link and check out the information displayed.  This is where you can
update your open days, hours and add any comments.

Questions about National Alpaca Farm Day?  Contact AOBA office
at member@aobamail.com or val@starralpacafarm.com.


Sign up at www.nationalalpacafarmdays.com

Alpacas in Mainstream Media

Alpaca Farm Girl!

Alpacas in Mainstream Mediahttp://blog.fastline.com/2009/08/03/fastline-spotlight-a-look-at-a-non-traditional-farmer/
Katy Spears, an Alabama alpaca breeder, is what I like to think of as a non-traditional farmer. Katy and her family live and work on their farm in Fair Hope Alabama, and have around 70 alpacas. While Katy is proud to call herself a farmer, she describes the alpaca industry as something that is, “on the fringe of the ag world.”

Willington Man On Cutting Edge Of Renewable Energy
Hartford Courant
“This is my brainchild,” Nadeau said, waving a hand toward his alpaca farm, his converted cars and the solar panels towering over him. “This is my model,
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For years, the 43-year-old Willington resident spent his free time designing and building the solar photovoltaic system now standing in his front yard, almost fully powering his ranch house. He tells time with a solar-powered watch. When he’s not doling out financial advice, he’s installing fuel cells in his family’s cars.
And if approved for a federal grant, he hopes to start turning the feces of his pet alpacas into fuel for a homemade power generator.

Slideshow of native Peruvian weavers.
The Alpaca Weavers of Ccaccaccollo
World Hum
In Ccaccaccollo, Peru, weaving alpaca wool is a daily source of sustenance for its villagers. While the village men plow fields or work as porters, 
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Tansy ragwort threat blooms in county
The Columbian
And it’d be a danger to cattle, alpacas and horses, which generally know to avoid the poisonous plant but can find it mixed into their feed if the hay 
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Things that Make You Go “Hmmm.”

Bill the Alpaca Breeder-CGU Insurance, Austrailia


Peri Gilpin, French Stewart to Join Matthew Modine for Alpacas at the Geffen

By: Dan BacalzoLos Angeles

Matthew Modine

Matthew Modine

Peri Gilpin, best known as Roz on Frazier, and Third Rock from the Sun star French Stewart will join Matthew Modine in Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas, at the Geffen Playhouse, September 8-October 18, with an opening set for September 16. John Rando will direct.

Modine will play a fictionalized version of himself in this play by Blair Singer. The comedy tells the plight of a celebrity desperately in need of getting back in the limelight. He embarks on a crusade to save a rare breed of Chimborazzi Alpacas on the verge of extinction, and more importantly, his career.

The cast will also include Reggie De Leon, Mark Damon Espinoza, and Mark Fite. The creative team will include Beowulf Boritt (set), Robert Blackman (costumes), Jeff Croiter (lighting), and Jon Gottlieb (sound).


Farm Shout-Outs

Florida Alpaca Breeders Association will hold its second annual alpaca fiber workshop at the Frank Crum building Clearwater to host Florida Alpaca Breeders Association
You’ve heard of alpacas? They’re the small, camel-like critters from South America whose wool is ideal for making soft, hypoallergenic garments.
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Noble Alpaca Farm, Ontario, Canada Manitoulin, Sudbury home to many inventive entrepreneurs
Sudbury Star
My next “proud” is about Rochel and Glen Totman, young entrepreneur farmers, who thought of and developed the first thriving alpaca farm on Manitoulin.
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AlpacaValleyGirl, CA Life on an Alpaca Ranch – First Entry
San Diego Reader
By alpacavalleygal | Posted August 2, 2009, 3:21 pm Welcome to my Life on an Alpaca Ranch blog. My intent is to give updates as to what’s happenin’ around
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R&S Hillside Alpacas, MN
Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN
The llama is a cousin of the alpaca, although llamas are quite a bit bigger. Alpacas are friendly animals with friendly faces — large brown eyes and a
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Obosheen Alpacas, Ontario, Canada Alpacas make first Ex appearance
Peterborough Examiner
Not only are alpacas cute, curious and gentle, their fleece is as soft as cashmere and as warm as wool. At the 164th annual Peterborough Exhibition,
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Meon Valley Alpacas, Romsey, UK Meet the alpacas
Romsey Advertiser
IT will be the annual open day at the Meon Valley Alpacas near Droxford this Saturday (August 8). From 2 to 5pm, visitors will be able to walk through the
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Alpaca Play Pen Farm, NY Green living focus of event at Alfred University
Elmira Star-Gazette
Local exhibiters include Windy Ridge Natural Farms, Alfred, organic poultry; Alpaca Play Pen Farm, Attica, alpaca clothing and gifts; Pat O’Brien,
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North Woods Farm, Atikokan, Canada Introducing…Atikokan’s first alpaca herd
Atikokan Progress
While they may be the perfect pet, the seven Alpacas now taking up residence at Carol and Rick Stanley’s 32 acre property on Highway 11B, are going to earn
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