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Micron and finished yarn quality – are they related? We did a recent study that showed, Yes, micron and uniformity of micron are related to finished yarn quality. We evaluated skeins of yarn that were spun in our mill and compared these results to histogram data. The skeins were evaluated using a scoring system where the handle, brightness, loft, and twist consistency were each assigned a value between 1 and 5.  Uniformity of micron was measured using the histogram SD (standard deviation) value.

The results were similar to what we had guessed they would be, but with a little twist (no pun intended). We found that fleeces with average micron diameter of 22 or less almost always had a soft hand, and the uniformity of micron is not related to the softness of the skein in these lower micron fleeces. In fleeces with micron of 23 or more, the uniformity of micron is more important than the actual micron in influencing the softness of the skein. In other words, fleeces with what we consider to be high in micron (greater than 26), had a soft hand if the micron SD was low (less than 4.0). Fleeces that were high in micron and were not uniform in micron (had a SD greater than 4.0) felt scratchy to our skin and scored low in handle.

This confirmed what we see in the skeins we make in our mill – higher micron fleeces can produce soft, very nice yarn, as long as there is not a big spread in micron in the fleece.

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Crimp! In all things Good...

Is Crimp over rated?  I hear information from folks that is seems it is not always understood. 

I think many people think crimp may be good for memory or elasticity in a yarn.  That has a lot of variables involved with the spinning process for that to occur. 

Simply think of crimp as a "indicator" to possible traits that it might be connected to.   When I see crimp, my mind immediately rushes to confirm if the fiber perhaps might be fine. 

 There are several Alpaca studies that directly correlate higher crimps per inch to direct relation to fineness.  ( Holt, Gutierrez) I have seen thousands of beautiful samples of crimp that when opened, are also showing wonderful thin fibers..  The key of possible variation in a Huacaya fleece is how organized the crimp structure is.   Typically, the smaller crimp really defined styles do deliver a greater degree of fineness.  Compounding that with the degree of the fibers relative organized staple, may also support a greater degree of density.  

So its one indicator to other traits.....

On my current trip in Alaska, I am being educated by my cousin, an Alaskan native and accomplished artist, Bunny SwanGease on their use of fibers in their culture. 

The cover picture is of a beaver pelt, it has incredible crimp and I'd classify it in Vicuna range.  Now of course the  staple length of a beaver pelt is so short, it can not be sheared but I was impressed this indicator trait was applicable with other fingered species... Of course it does, same with Merino and other fibered animals. Even look at your pet cat fiber... 

We are on the right path with Alpacas - Crimp is Good!

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My wife Jennifer and I have been processing our farm's culls -- defined arbitrarily as any animal we deem unworthy of being breeding quality, males and females alike -- for roughly 5 years now. When we first began, it was in the shadow of the Great Recession, at a time when the market for breeding quality alpacas, even great ones, was facing what I would consider to be its most challenging period in the 19 years we have been around this industry. We actually "came out" of the alpaca meat closet shortly thereafter with an essay on our farm's website which more or less explained our thinking and rationale: namely that every single other livestock industry in the world, and especially those that are fiber producers, has used its culls as food animals since time immemorial. Of course as the branding consultant that we hired to help us market our meat and tanned alpaca hides pointed out to me, that essay was *way* too apologetic for something whose purposes it was to ultimately sell alpaca meat. Presto! The essay went away and was replaced by our online store, where would-be customers could peruse our various cuts, read about nutritional information, order our farm's alpaca cookbook, and of course order alpaca meat and hides!

Now obviously, not everyone shares our world view, and that's fine. The fact of the matter is, that there is a percentage of alpaca owners in North America for whom the idea of eating alpaca meat is a complete non-starter. To each their own. However, if we want to have a grownup discussion about a long-term financially viable alpaca industry, based ultimately upon producing the most high end textile fleece that we can, there is no way that happens without viable terminal markets (meat, hides, leather, etc...). How many alpacas do you think there are in Peru, for instance, over the ages of 7 or 8? The answer is not very many at all, and there's a very good reason for that: as the alpacas grow older, they produce less fleece, and the fleece itself coarsens out as well with each ensuing year, lessening it's value. In the years that we have been processing our culls for meat here at Cas-Cad-Nac, even on a relatively small scale (30 to 40 alpacas each year), we have seen the average age of our herd -- which runs between 200 and 300 animals depending upon the time of year -- go down, the average quality of the herd go up, and most importantly the metric that is impossible to ignore: the average AFD of our yearly fiber clip go down, resulting in far greater value when we sell and/or process our fiber.

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I love my kids - they're both a joy and sometimes amazingly unaware of how some simple things work. "I'm hungry - what's for dinner?" they'll ask. And when their favorite food isn't served immediately, they seem exasperated about why it's taking so long and why we didn't know what they wanted. I'll try to explain how it takes planning and time to buy food, get it home, prepare it, etc. But they'll just say again, "I'm hungry!" Sigh.

Marketing is a lot like this to many farmers wanting to sell their animals. They decide some day that they want to start selling and expect immediate results. Just like having the meal you want, it takes time to decide what you're going to cook, make a list, go buy the ingredients, go over the recipe, prepare and cook the food, and then finally serve it up.

There are many steps and each is dependent on the previous, otherwise you don't have dinner! Marketing is the same. You'd think that concept would be self-evident but so often people expect results when they're missing important pieces of the "pipeline." For example, a farm might purchase an expensive magazine ad to promote a herdsire, include a link to their website, but just send visitors to their home page where there's no more information or direction as to what to do next. That's like buying your groceries and then never bringing them home. You go to the fridge and the food's not there. No wonder you can't make dinner.

Marketing is a string of logical steps and activities that move the customer forward from step to step all the way to the sale and beyond. It just doesn't happen. The clearer you signpost the path and encourage them on to the next step, the more likely they'll make it to the goal - theirs and yours!

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It’s shearing time! All the beautiful fiber that we have waited a year in anticipation for will soon be in bags and ready for processing. We have found there are a few steps that can be done during shearing that will help lessen the amount of time spent skirting and cleaning later.  

Before the animal is sheared, take a few seconds to gently brush off any loose veggie matter and remove thistles or sticks.  Use this hands-on time to evaluate the blanket fiber for what end product you would like made from it. Make a note of any decisions you make, to use when you are preparing the fiber for processing.

Make sure the shearing area is clean to avoid adding things that you would only have to pick out later.  Keep the area free of hay or other veggie matter and clean up any stray fibers, poop, and toe nails from the previous animal.  

Skirt and sort the fiber as you collect it from the shearing area - this step will save so much time later! Most shearers will let you know what pieces are “firsts” (blanket fiber) as they are taking it off the animal. Remove any hairy or matted areas before putting the blanket into the designated bag, keeping in mind the type of fiber you would like in your yarn. The pieces you removed can be added into the bag of “seconds”.

“Seconds” (neck and leg fiber) can be collected by individual animal or in groups by similar color or softness, depending on your plans for processing. 

The lower leg fiber or “thirds” are usually too short or hairy to process and can be used as mulch or thrown away.

With only a few minutes spent on each fleece at shearing, and there is no need to skirt again. The bags are ready to go straight to the processor!

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Celebrity Artist Creates Legendary Herdsire Portraits for Charity

Artist Nicolosi is found in top contemporary art circles by creating his signature Pop Art portraits of many of today’s top luminaries in entertainment, sports, political and corporate arenas. Nicolosi creates paintings saturated with color using explosive, bold strokes. Dr. Eileen Guggenheim chose Nicolosi artwork to be in the New York Academy of Arts, and included Nicolosi on Guggenheim's list of the Top 100 Most Influential Artists in America.

Nicolosi has lent his vibrant talent to dozens of charities around the world raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for these very worthy causes.

He is now going to give his gift to our Alpaca Industry.

The first of the Legendary Herdsire Portraits will be unveiled and sold at auction at the AOA National Alpaca Auction on March, 18th.

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Consider a Fashion Show/Auction for your Gala

I was recently asked to coordinate a Fashion Show / Auction for the TxOLAN event 2016.  It turned out to be entertaining and beneficial for their event as proceeds from the auction helped fund the organization for future events.  Beautiful pieces created by alpaca designers from our own industry were auctioned off and proceeds went to both the designer and the show.   A true Win-Win event.  

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What to do with those bags of alpaca or llama fiber in the garage, barn, or spare bedroom? Something we all have considered at one time or another. Great news is that most can be made into something valuable.

Blankets (“firsts”) make soft yarns if the fiber feels soft and silky to the touch and there are very few straight hairs. Roving for hand‐spinning can also be made out of soft fiber. This applies to both breeds of alpaca and “silky” llama.

Neck and upper leg fiber (“seconds”) make durable core yarn for rugs. And if it is soft, and not hairy, it can be made into core yarn useful for chunky blankets, cowls, or vests.

If the fiber feels “scratchy” and/or has lots of hair, it can be made into core yarn for rugs. You would be amazed at how this “scratchy” fiber turns into beautiful rugs! This type of fiber can also be made into roving or batts for all kinds of felting projects – boot insoles, needle‐felted animals, cat beds, tea cozies, slippers, the list goes on. And since these types of items do not require uniform length or fineness in the fiber, it can be a fun and creative process of mixing colors and styles of fiber for eye‐catching products.

There are no rules for what has to be done with your fiber – choose things that you are going to enjoy working with or selling. For example, soft blankets do not have to made into yarn, they can be made into luxurious woven rugs, if that is what is exciting for you.

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In my last two posts we learned the following about websites:

    •    It’s great having a website but they can cause frustration to get going and maintain.
    •    Most of your customers will find you online first. Since first impressions last, it better be good!
    •    Exposure is the first step in marketing, so being on a big, busy website like Openherd is great for exposure.
    •    The next step in marketing - presentation - is best done on your own farm website where things are more personal and branded.
    •    Your own website will help build direct links in search engines and present a more professional image.

Now that we’ve talked about why having your own website is so important as the hub of your online marketing efforts, the next logical step is figuring out how to get a website - that’s the technical part that makes most people glaze over, procrastinate, or convince themselves they don’t need one.

There are a number of types of website packages. They all involve money, time, energy, and skill but in different proportions. So you’ll need to figure out what resources you have in each of those categories. If you’re on a really tight budget but have some web skills, building and maintaining your own website can be a good way to go. If money’s not too much of an issue, you can get something custom built and then pay a webmaster to make the exact updates that you want. For others, time may be the most limited resource, so you’ll want to go with something that’s easy to update and maintain.

So make a list of these factors and prioritize them to determine what resources you have to throw at your website - not just up-front but also on an ongoing basis. The pieces of a website that you’ll need are: 

  • Domain name (i.e. www.myfarm.com). This is the personal address of your website. It should be as short as possible, easy to verbally communicate, and include keywords that will help with search engines (including the word “alpacas” for example). You shouldn’t have to pay more than $10/year for a domain.
  • Website hosting. This is the server space that you’ll rent to store your website files so they can be displayed for visitors. Typical hosting costs are around $5-20/month, depending on features, disk space, bandwidth or other factors.
  • Website code and graphics. This can be done “in-house” if you have the skills, by a paid professional, an “open source” template system, such as Wordpress or Joomla, or it can be a template system provided by a website company. Costs can be from free (Wordpress) to many thousands for custom work (including every update you have your webmaster make!).
  • Website editing software. If you’re doing your website “in-house” you’ll use your own software, such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver. If a professional is going to custom build a site for you, then you won’t have to worry about getting software. Template systems will come with their own editing software that is web-based, which includes automatic upgrades, so you don’t have to pay to buy or upgrade your own software (Photoshop is a pricey piece of software!)
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Traveling with your Alpacas or Llamas

Traveling with your alpacas or llamas is something that takes some planning, and what is involved in those plans depends on whether or not you are taking your animals somewhere within your state of residence, or to another state.

If you are traveling within your state, there are not any official documents that must be filled out. However, some shows and auctions, and even some breeding facilities/farms, may require testing regardless of your animal’s in-state status. It is best to call ahead at least a couple of weeks, to find out what might be required. 

Traveling outside of your state does require official documents, and often some form of testing or treatment. Most states require at least a health certificate or Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI). This is obtained from a veterinarian after an examination has been performed, and it is only good for 30 days after the date of exam. A number of things must be filled out on a CVI, including the name and address of origin, name and address of destination, shipping arrangements, date of travel, number of animals in the shipment, the animals’ information, and veterinarians’ information and signature. In addition there are some things that may need to be filled out, including permit number, testing results, and any statements or treatment that the destination state requires. Health certificates or CVI are required so that animal movement can be tracked in the event of a disease outbreak (such as Tuberculosis, West Nile Virus, Rabies, etc).

Testing, if required, varies from state to state and is dependent on the state of origin and the diseases present in that state or region. The types of testing that may be required include Tuberculosis, Brucellosis, Blue Tongue, and Anaplasmosis, to name the most common. Some states also require testing or treatment for certain external parasites. The testing must be done by your veterinarian prior to them signing off on the CVI. The requirements are constantly changing so it is best to call the destination state at least a couple of weeks prior to the intended date of departure to confirm the requirements. This call can be made by either the owner or their veterinarian.   

By visiting the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website. (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/sregs/) you can find links to each state which give their general requirements for transport to within their borders.

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International Alpaca Odyssey (IAO) is always an enjoyable show to Judge.  The rules are not that out of line to the standard AOA rules but do offer other opportunities for exhibitors to show.  For instance, Best Head!  One of my favorites!  As Dr. Julio Sumar & Senior Alpaca Judge from Peru once said, "the head is the window to the rest of the alpaca..."  It always stuck with me and its so true on many levels. I would like to expand the criteria to include that the best head represented the best overall quality of the rest of the alpaca.
 
Walk in Fleece is a class where the fleece is Judged similarly as if it were on the table at a fleece show.  But here the Judge can incorporate more as the fleece is still on the alpaca.  I enjoyed doing both of these classes and the exhibitors seemed like they did as well so I thought it worth putting it out there for comments...
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Money Saving Ideas for Alpaca Shows

We might be miles apart but other shows in other countries have similar variables to handle.  The biggest commonality is how to cut venue costs so entry fees can be reasonable. I recently Judged a large alpaca show in Ertfurt, Germany.  The venue was at a large complex with other events in neighboring halls. The public entry fee was used against the venues rental.  Here is a picture of panels I saw made from hard wood that are stored at a local breeders warehouse.  I was told that this saved $1,000's in rental fees over the years.

Also, notice the fabric separating the different farm pens.  It is weed barrier used in landscaping.  Some farms cleverly used it for their banner, hung decoration and advertising on it.  The exhibitors were more relaxed about bio-security knowing their alpacas aren't nose to nose with others. 

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North American Alpaca Industry continues to evolve and thrive

This press release was originally distributed by ReleaseWire

Lincoln, NE -- 10/27/2015 -- Recently, alpacas have been featured on national television shows, in commercials for a variety of products and services and in numerous news stories around the country. 

Why the sudden interest? 

To those familiar with the nearly 30 year old North American alpaca industry, there is nothing sudden about it. Hard work has gone into developing a scientifically-based pedigree registry and a large national show system, while involving alpaca business owners in growing the industry.

While raising alpacas is family friendly, it is a serious business. No different than any other business, it requires hard work, planning and dedication to be successful. Those who put in the research and work can reap the benefits of a profitable business in an industry that is like no other.

Deciding to own alpacas

As with other livestock industries, failed businesses and even rescue situations unfortunately occur. Successful alpaca businesses exist, are attainable, and whether the focus is breeding stock or use of their fleece, alpaca business owners understand and embrace the work that goes into running their alpaca business. With the industry steadily growing in North American for more than 30 years, successful alpaca business owners did not go into this venture expecting to "get rich quick." Many have, indeed, made a successful living in this industry but, as with any business, research and hard work are necessary.

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    Fantastic article for folks to consider alpaca ownership and a rewarding lifestyle!

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In my last post we got the discussion going about websites and learned the following:

  • We love them when they work but they can make us pull our hair out!
  • Most people do their initial research about your farm online first. So first impressions last is a true statement!
  • If  your web presence is a poor one, that is negative marketing and will turn people off to your farm.
  • Large community/marketplace websites like this one and Openherd are great places to get started with a web presence.

While large community/marketplace websites are a good starting point for your farm's presence, they shouldn't be your only presence. Websites like Camelid Central or Openherd.com are great for generating traffic because they draw a large crowd - like a traditional outdoor market. So they're great places to connect with potential customers, advertise, and use the industry tools they offer.

However, a large site with a lot of farms on it means that potential customers can easily click away to another farm where there are lots of distractions. In addition, you're not able to customize your own brand or unique personality on such a site.

So the next step is to have your own website. The benefits of having your own website are:

  • Unique destination to direct customers to where they won't be drawn away by competitors.
  • Your own website address (i.e. www.myfarm.com).
  • A branded experience that gives them a much better feel for your farm.
  • Build search engine links directly to your own website, rather than someone else's.
  • Perception of professionalism, experience, and being well-established.
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National Alpaca Farm Days

On September 26th and 27th, alpaca breeders from 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 these inquisitive, unique animals, the luxury fiber they produce, and why the alpaca business is perfect for environmentally conscious individuals!

About Alpacas
Alpacas, cousins to the llama, are beautiful, intelligent animals native to the Andean Mountain range of South America, particularly Peru, Bolivia, and Chile.

Today, the United States boasts two types of alpacas. Although almost physically identical, the two types of alpacas are distinguished by their fiber. The Huacaya (wa-Ki’-ah) is the more common of the two and has a fluffy, extremely fine coat. On the other hand, the Suri (SUR-ee) is more rare and has fiber that is silky and resembles pencil-locks.

Adult alpacas stand at approximately 36 inches at the withers and generally weigh between 150 and 200 pounds. They do not have horns, hooves, claws, or incisors. Alpacas are alert, intelligent, curious, and predictable. They are social animals that seek companionship and communicate most commonly by softly humming.

About Alpaca Fiber
Long ago, alpaca fiber was reserved for royalty. Today, it is sold several ways. Hand-spinners and fiber artists buy raw fleece. Knitters often purchase alpaca yarn. Fiber cooperatives mills collect alpaca fiber and process it on behalf of the producer.

Alpacas are shorn, without harm, every twelve to eighteen months. An adult alpaca might produce 50 to 90 oz. of first-quality fiber as well as 50 to 100 oz. of second and third quality fiber. Some alpacas already achieve, or exceed, these levels.

Because of its soft texture, alpaca fiber is sometimes compared to cashmere. The fiber also has the luster of silk, making it even more coveted. Alpaca is just as warm as wool, yet it is a mere 1/3 the weight. It comes in 16 natural colors and can be dyed any desired shade.

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Breeders Edge Auction Experience

I had the privilege of attending the Breeders Edge alpaca auction this past weekend in Gainesville, VA. The setting at the Double “O” Good ranch was spectacular, and the hospitality was even better. This was my first time attending this event, and now it will be a regular on my schedule.

The history is so rich in this area, that there is no way to take it all in on this very short trip. I was, however able to squeeze in a visit to the Manassas National Battlefield Park. Amazing stories of some very tough times for our country.

The auction was a huge success, and there was also some money raised for some very worthy causes such as Dr. Anderson’s UT Foundation, Serve Our Willing Warriors and the Quechua Benefit.

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The power of a single skein of yarn

I was so excited to donate our Liberty Shawl to the Quechua Benefit dinner held in conjunction with the Education with Destination this past weekend! 

You see, it all started with a skein of yarn that was won at the 2014 Education with Destination and a “throw down, show down” with another local alpaca breeder who won the same. We challenged each other to bring back the skein this year, made into something! Almost like a boomerang, that yarn came back and we did!

Thankfully, with the expertise of master knitter, Wendy Huber....plus 3 more skeins later (of our herd’s yarn, a lovely fawn by Mermalada) Wendy crafted a beautiful shawl or wrap! Her skills and our yarn, along with Amanda VandenBosch’s single skein prize!

Dr. Brett Kaysen, in my opinion one of the most engaging auctioneer’s out in the livestock industry today – created a lively night and the Liberty Shawl sold for $325, the bidder winner was Stellar Alpacas! Happily, $325 is enough to pay for a child’s food for an entire year!

BIG KUDOS goes to the Quechua Benefit, Wendy Huber, Tina & Gvido Bars, and finally -- the Education with Destination team (Scott/Debbie Miller and Vince/Amanda VandenBosch)!

And the legacy will continue…..2016 Quechua Benefit will have another donation because we won two skeins of yarn this time!

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    This shawl was so beautiful and so warm. I kept it in my farm store for just under a year; however, I did sell it for what I paid

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Intestinal parasites can be an indication of compromised health in the individual animal.  Changes in an animal’s metabolism due to an impaired immune system, liver disease, kidney disease, infection or anemia can predispose them to a greater susceptibility to acquiring intestinal parasites.  Or intestinal parasites may be the primary cause of illness.  In which case, they can cause diarrhea, weight loss, blood loss and anemia, infection, or major organ dysfunction.  By establishing an intestinal parasite monitoring program (that includes quantitative testing) and schedule , we can help to minimize the cost of intestinal parasites to the animals’ health and overall economic loss due to medication costs, reduction in production (fleece/fiber, milk production, weight gain), and labor costs.  Typically here in the Pacific Northwest, we recommend fecal testing be performed on each animal grouping once every 3 months (a general recommendation).  This recommendation is adjusted to each farm’s unique situation and may result in more or less frequent sampling.  Individual animals should be sampled on an as-needed basis as health concerns dictate.

In the event that routine surveillance testing indicates the need for treatment, we will inform you of the parasites found, the recommended product(s) to use to treat for them, and how long treatment should take.  We will also indicate when a recheck, or post-treatment, fecal should be performed.  This follow-up test is very important to verify that treatment was successful and that any other parasites that could have been previously inhibited by the treatment target parasite, have not undergone a population explosion.  Treating without follow-up gives a false sense of security which can be quite costly on many levels.  To facilitate post-treatment follow-up we offer a discounted price on those samples received within the recommended recheck period.

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Five interesting facts about Camels

Camels are certainly unique looking creatures, but there are many characteristics other than their appearance that are quite fascinating.  Here are five interesting facts about camels, from mnn.com.     

1. Camels have adapted in many ways to living in a harsh desert environment.  For instance, they have three eyelids and two sets of eyelashes to keep blowing sand and dust out of their eyes.  They can also close their nostrils if necessary to keep the dust out.  Their feet are large and flat, which keeps them from sinking into the sand.  

2.  There are actually two different types of camel in the world; the Bactrian camel (Asian camel) and the Dromedary camel (Arabian camel).  The Bactrian camel has two humps while the more common Arabian has one.  The Bactrian is the only wild camel left in the world, with only around 950 remaining in the wild.  All other camels are considered domesticated.

3.  Although a lot people think the hump of a camel holds water, it actually holds fat stores.  The fat releases both energy and water when it is needed.  Since the fat is all stored in one place, it makes it easier for the camel to stay cool in the intense desert heat, since the insulating fat is not covering the rest of its body.  

4.  When a camel reaches a water source, they can drink as much as 30 gallons in 13 minutes.  The camel rehydrates faster than any other mammal in the world.  

5.  Camel's milk is surprisingly nutritious.  It contains triple the amount of vitamin C and ten times more iron than cow's milk.  It is closer to human milk than any other type.  

Story by Wes Callison, Tucson News Now

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    I think there is a typo in the 5 camel facts: should be Bactrian has 2 humps and dromedary has 1 hump (with an undersized hump at

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Peru Celebrates National Alpaca Day

The list of items that Peruvians hold dear to their identities as nationals might be admirably long, but one deserves to be at the top of that list along with Machu Picchu and Inca Cola. That is the alpaca.

Although the official holiday is tomorrow Aug. 1, Peru begins celebrations for National Alpaca Day today. They celebrate not only to encourage national pride, but as well, the conservation of these sacred animals.

Holding this day particularly sacred is the southern region of the country, where the majority of Peru’s (the world’s) camelids are bred.

The region of Puno is organizing activities to celebrate National Alpaca Day to promote consumption, appreciate the herders and their work and as well develop the breeding of these valuable animals, reports El Comercio.

The general public is invited to Pino Park in the city of Puno today, to participate in the activities planned by the Regional Government of Puno (GRP) through the Special Project South American Camelids (PECSA).

The ceremony includes giving thanks to Pachamama (Mother Earth), food and exhibitions.

Original Article: Peru This Week, Hillary Ojeda

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