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101 Alpacas on Oregon Farm

Actually, it's more like 120 alpacas here. I ran across this wonderful operation last week in the Willamette Valley south of Portland. For one thing, they grow barley sprouts to feed the animals—25 tons a year—something they tell me is being done on large scale by some dairies, especially in Europe. It's not all the food for the animals (they also graze), but a significant amount—high in protein, produced on site, a win-winner. No fossil fuels used.

They were shearing the alpacas and I shot photos.
Wings and A Prayer, 18100 S. Hwy. 99W, Amity, OR 97101


Anonymous said...

very cool that they (and apparently others) are growing barley sprouts for the animals. Never heard of that before.

nice bunch of animals.

dweeze (Johnno) said...

We have a handful of these crazy camelids at our place. Having spent long days as a roustabout shearing these beasts, it aint all fun and games. For one, they weigh a fair bit. Second, when they get cranky, they spit their bile all over you. Not fun. The other 364 days of the year are all god though...

El Gaucho said...

Wow, cool. I have friends that live in Salem and I bet they'd get a kick out of seeing these alpacas.

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