Menifee couple finds burgeoning passion in alpaca farming

Valley News  
By: Alex Groves
Photo: By Alex Groves  
 
Photo Caption: Art and Val Bradford tend to their alpacas at their Alpacas of Menifee Valley farm.

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Art and Val Bradford are embarking on an adventure that few might consider as they approach their golden years: raising alpacas, the slightly smaller camelid cousins of llamas.

On their farm in Menifee are Huacaya alpacas of varying colors, genders and ages. The animals can be seen gathering together, eating and enjoying the Southern California sunshine.

The farm, Alpacas of Menifee Valley, sells practically everything alpaca, including alpaca babies, alpaca breedings, alpaca fiber, alpaca feed and clothing items made from alpaca fleece yarn. It’s a business the Bradfords have become enamored with, but were not considering initially.

“We were originally going for a couple pets,” Val Bradford said.

The Bradfords had only recently located to the Inland region from their Orange County home of 25 years when they decided to visit Alpacafest West, a show for the animals in Norco.

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