It’s Not a Llama

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Patty and Charlie Jensen own a ranch called Dream Catcher Alpacas in Clifton, Colorado where they have been raising Huacaya Alpacas for 9 years. In other words since 2004.

Patty and Charlie Jensen own a ranch called Dream Catcher Alpacas in Clifton, Colorado where they have been raising Huacaya Alpacas for 9 years. In other words since 2004. For three of the past four years they having been coming to the National Western Stock Show to show their alpacas. “For us the Stock Show is more about educating people about alpacas and getting our farm name out there so people come to our farm and visit our farm store.” Said Patty Jensen. What they look for in a good alpaca is nice thick and soft fleece too knit sweaters and make yarn. Another thing they find in a good alpaca is nice straight lined up teeth.
 When they first started this business they were thinking about llamas instead of alpacas. But then they thought about the size of al lama and the size of an alpaca. They thought alpacas would be much easier to handle, so they went with alpacas. And look at them now, they own 40 Huacaya alpacas and a gift shop to sell alpaca products. Such as, sweaters and socks knitted from alpaca fleece. They also give “Agri- Tours” on their farm.
 According to Patty Jensen, the most challenging part of raising alpacas is, “Alpacas are pretty new to North America so there aren’t as many alpacas as other fleece producing animals, getting large quantities of fiber so products can be mass produced is difficult.”   Then she added, “But this is also a good thing since alpaca products usually have to be purchased from the rancher.”
 For a small animal it can produce lots of fleece. An average alpaca can produce 5 to 8 pounds of fleece. Patty Jensen said “We use the fleece that’s on its back and sides to make yarn. We use the fleece that’s on its legs, neck, and belly for felting, rugs and products that aren’t going to be close to the skin because it can be scratchy.” Alpacas are very interesting animals I can see why ranchers like Patty and Charlie Jensen are raising alpacas!