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Alpacas are native to South America.  There are approximately 4 million in the world, the majority in Peru, and other South American countries.  There are approximately 40,000 alpacas in Canada.
There are four members of the South American Camelid family.  Llamas are probably more commonly known than alpacas.  Both are domesticated.  The wild members of the family are Vicuna and Guanaco.  South American Camelids are related to the camel family.

Welcome to HighTales Alpaca Farm:

We are your hosts, Michael and Brenda Urquhart. We live in Portage Vale, New Brunswick, Canada between the village of Petitcodiac and town of Sussex.
 
We started our farm in 2005 with 8 gorgeous alpacas.  Since that time, we have learned much from these gentle camelids and even more about the care they need. Alpacas are not native of North America and so have very different health concerns than the typical animals we see on our farms have. However, these animals are easy to care for once you know of their special needs.
 

Alpacas are observant, smart, protective of their “family” and an absolute joy to work with. The fibre for us, is a bonus as it too is – a joy to work with. We are dedicated in caring for these beautiful creatures and sharing what we have learned about them with others.
 
Our third annual Alpaca Canada Open Farm Days will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 24, and 25th, from noon until 5:00pm.  
 
 
 
 
At the present, we have 43 alpacas.  We had made a quick trip in late March to pick up a couple of young boys in Quebec.  The black boy, named Dexter,  is a two year old, and just had a roll in the gravel.  The white boy watching the boys beyond the fence is a three year old, named Casper. 
 

 
 
On Sunday, August14, one of our girls delivered a little baby girl - a white Suri cria- who is named Ceri Rose.  (She is named after a Welsh osprey who unfortunately had a short life. We have followed the ospreys via a webcam at the  Dyfi Osprey Project website, and the story of Ceri can be found here.)  Ceri was born to Satin Rose(Mom) and Ceulan (Dad - named after an osprey from the same nest) and weighed a good 17 pounds.  By September, 10, she weighed 37.4 pounds, more than doubling her weight in less than a month.
 
On August 24, we had a little brown Huacaya boy - 17.4 pounds -  born to Juliet and Cool Breeze.  He is named Cody.  By September 10, he was well on his way to doubling his weight. 
 
The third addition on August 28 was a more complicated birth, which saw Megan producing a little white cria boy named Morgan.  Since Mom is a first time mom, and had a little difficulty, Morgan is gaining weight more slowly, but is not going to be left behind. 
 
In the image below, Megan is on the left, then Morgan, Cody and Ceri, and several girls watch from behind the gate.
 
 
 
 
The E-Catalog towards the top of the page has information about the products we make from the fibre of these "lovelies".  The following couple of pictures give you an idea of what elegant hats being crafted from the fine fibre of these special animals. 

 
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