A Visit to Nobles Alpaca Farm A beautiful day for a drive, so we went where we’ve never been before…to an alpaca open house at Nobles Alpaca Farm. If you’re ever in the Manitoulin Island area in Ontario, this is a great place to visit.
A meet and greet so to speak, but of the country variety. They eat and we greet. It was wonderful to walk amongst alpacas and see them first hand. What marvelous creatures they are.
Smaller than their relative the llama, an alpaca takes cuteness to a whole new level. Long legged with a face only a mother could love, you really can’t help but fall in love with this tame brood. Some were open to petting while the shy ones took in the scene from a short but safe distance. Alpacas on YouTube
There’s a variety of colors in the alpaca herd and their fiber also tends to be a little different. Alpacas are sheared usually in the Spring so they can regrow their warm coat before winter and their fiber is quite renown for its strength and durability.
Because supply is low, Alpaca fiber can fetch interestingly high prices for the yarn in skeins or finished products. The fact that it has no lanolin or dander, makes it a better fiber for many and may be a safer place to visit (than a zoo) for those like myself with severe pet allergies. To be able to get close to them and not merely watch from a distance, was awesome.
On the way out we bought some bags of alpaca manure which is a high quality organic fertilizer for garden soil.
Visiting a petting zoo or farm open house is a great way to spend an afternoon with your family. You can build on your animal knowledge while getting up close and personal with critters you don’t get to see every day. And you can find many of these places to visit, for little or no cost at all.
Learn More About Alpacas:
- Alpaca 101
- Alpacas in the U.S.
- Alpaca Canada
- Noble Alpaca Farm – Ontario
- What’s an Alpaca?