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What's Happening at Serendipity Farm?

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS - Please note that we will be CLOSED on December 25th and 26th, 2018 and January 1st, 2019 - Thank you.

Serendipity Farm and Store are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. most weekends and holidays throughout the entire year - other days by appointment.

There is NO Admission Fee to visit Serendipity Farm Alpacas & Llamas, however, we are a proud supporter of the LANARK HIGHLANDS FOOD PANTRY and CASH DONATIONS to this charity are accepted at our Farm Store.

Bags of "Alpaca Beans" Fertilizer are available at our Farm Store for just $5 for a 25 kg bag! (Please Note: the 2018 Alpaca Bean season is now over due to frozen ground - sales will commence again in 2019 when the ground thaws!!)

Our on-line Store is open 24/7 - all our product prices include all applicable taxes. Shipping is extra for on-line orders.

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Sadly, we said a final good bye to "Old Ralph" on December 14th - a very special llama who was loved by all ...
"Centauri" - our 1-year-old suri male llama showing his friendly and photogenic self!

Penny checking out the first snow in November 2018!

Oct. 28th, 2018 - Serendipity peeks out under this winter's first snow fall!

At Serendipity Farm Alpacas & Llamas our mission is to raise healthy and happy animals; breed for quality fibre while maintaining strong bloodlines; as well as recognizing the value in each and every animal. We are also dedicated to providing information about, 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.