Island Alpaca Company

Annual Alpaca Shearing Day

With warm days around the corner, it’s summer haircut time for the herd at Island Alpaca.

It's a Boy! Island Alpaca's Herd Expands

Blue balloons were flying Wednesday at Island Alpaca, where the first baby alpaca (called a cria) of the season was born at 9:05 a.m.

Honors for Island Alpaca

Island Alpaca had a strong showing last week at the 99th annual Eastern States Exposition held in West Springfield.

Vandalism Suspected at Alpaca Farm

A break in at the Island Alpaca Farm in Oak Bluffs last week left one alpaca injured and several fences damaged, the farm’s owner said on Tuesday. Oak Bluffs police are investigating the incident.

Shear Fun on Saturday at Island Alpaca

Shearing day is set for Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. There will be fiber demonstrations and refreshments available while you watch the alpacas get their annual haircut.

Alpaca Shearing Day

Shearing Day is from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14 at Island Alpaca. The event features the newest alpaca babies, also referred to as cria, getting their first shave. August, after all, can be hot, especially for those with fur.

Admission is $5 per person.

For more information, visit islandalpaca.com or call 508-693-5554.

Alpaca Farm Hosts Open House

Island Alpaca will be holding a Thanksgiving weekend open house from Nov. 22 through 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Island Alpaca is a 20-acre farm that hosts an untold number of alpacas and one llama. Visitors can wander about on their own self-guided tour through the grounds and inside the post-and-beam barn where everything alpaca, from sweaters to hats, dolls and socks, awaits. For anyone feeling especially ambitious, the alpacas themselves are for sale. After all, Christmas is just around the corner.

Philippe Morin Phoenix Russell

Oak Bluffs Can Be Lonely When You’re the Only Llama

There are seventy-two alpacas grazing the daisy-dotted acreage of Island Alpaca Company in Oak Bluffs. But chances are, the first animal visitors seen upon walking into the enormous barn on the property won’t be one of them.

Newcomers often furrow their brows, puzzled, and ask the staff if the tall shaggy creature with the skinny legs, big ears and knowing, curious face is a male alpaca.

“This is Sudrina,” the staff answers. “She’s our llama.” The only llama.

Alpaca Award

Alpaca Award

She started in the corporate world and gave it all up for alpaca. Now Barbara Ronchetti will be honored for Building a Better Mousetrap.

The award, presented by small business counseling group Cape Cod SCORE, is given to 15 small business that have survived five years of operation and appear headed for long-term success. Ms. Ronchetti, who began the Island Alpaca Company in 2004, was selected by the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce.

Alpacas in January

Alpacas in January

The Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom organization announced this week that a photograph taken at the Island Alpaca Farm will appear in its 2012 calendar. The photograph by farm owner Barbara Ronchetti shows alpacas in the snow. The picture will grace the January calendar page. To order a calendar visit aginclassroom.org.

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