OUR STORE IS NOW OPEN!!
Serendipity Farm's Store is now open from May to December on most weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - other times by appointment. Please contact us anytime by phone or through our website.
Serendipity’s Store carries a variety of alpaca and llama merchandise produced locally and in other parts of Canada – all with fibre from Canadian animals. We also carry work of local artisans and farmers, as well as an assortment of alpaca and llama goods imported from South America.
Inside the Store - November 2014
||Serendipity's Luna at 2 days old! Born August 22, 2014!
||Inside the Store - November 2014
||Serendipity's Zahara - 2 days old - August 2014!
At Serendipity Farm Alpacas & Llamas our mission is to raise healthy animals; breed for quality fibre; and recognize the value in each and every animal. We are also dedicated to providing information and promoting the benefits of raising camelids in Canada.
Alpacas – An Overview
Alpacas are small animals of the camelid family (other members include llamas, camels, vicunas and guanacos). They were domesticated over 5,000 years ago by the ancient Inca civilization. Their fine cashmere-like fleece was once reserved for Incan royalty.
Alpacas produce fiber that is as fine as cashmere, soft, silky and much warmer than sheep's wool, while also wicking moisture away from the body. Alpaca fiber is lanolin-free making it virtually allergen-free! With the exception of mohair, alpacas produce the strongest animal fiber in the world. Their fleece comes in 22 natural colours, the widest assortment of colours of any fiber-bearing animal. Prized for its unique silky feel and superb handle, alpaca fiber is highly sought after by the textile makers of Britain, Europe and Japan.
Alpacas have a life span of 20 - 25 years. Adults weight 125 - 200 lbs and stand 34 - 36 inches high at the withers. Baby alpacas, called crias, generally weight 14 - 20 lbs at birth. Gestation is approximately 11 months. As a rule, alpacas are born during the day, usually between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Alpacas communicate through soft humming noises and a unique body language.
Today, in Canada, alpacas are raised for their exquisite fiber, and are enjoyed for their delightful personalities as well as the financial returns of raising and breeding them.
There are two types or breeds of alpaca, the huacaya and the suri, which differ primarily in the character of their fiber. The huacaya, the most common alpaca breed has a crimped or wavy fleece, whereas the suri has straight, lustrous fiber. In full fleece, the huacaya has a full, fluffy appearance, while the suri is elegantly draped in long, wavy locks.
Various worsted and woollen mills in Canada offer custom processing of alpaca fiber into various yarns, fabric and felt. Sweaters, blankets, mitts, socks, shawls, hats and duvets can be purchased through various home-based businesses.