Canadian Western Agribition Welcomes Alpacas

Swift Current Online 
By: Glenda-Lee Vossler
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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Carol Poole has Tiger Lily Ranch at Edam and Chaired the Saskatchewan Premier Alpaca Halter Show this week.

She says Alpacas are known for their fiber, adding the fleece they shear off in the spring is three times warmer than wool and is not itchy.

“When I shear my animals I sell my bags of fleece to a company called Alpaca Naturally which is based in Saskatchewan. They turn around and they make different yarns, they make alpaca socks, so we have Canadian made alpaca socks. The other cool thing about Alpaca Naturally is that they grade and class the fleece so all the fibre’s being put into a sock is of the same quality.”

Poole says the Alpacas are great animals to own and fun to work with, adding there are currently about 30 Alpaca farms in the Province.

It was the first time the Alpacas were back at Agribition in 17 years, they had a strong interest in the show with 55 animals; she notes they are hoping to be back again.

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