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Raising Alpacas for fun and profit

Ten years ago, my husband Pat and I began a post-retirement adventure which most folks would seriously question. Instead of touring the USA in a...

 

It's late summer rituals at Golden Pine

Summer mornings start early at the Golden Pine Alpacas farm. Around 6:30, after breakfast and coffee, we walk from house to barn to get the alpacas'...

 

Parasite control in dryland alpaca farming

There is something about watching alpacas graze and pronk in the beautiful lush green pastures of alpaca farms in Western Washington or Oregon that...

 

Alpaca fleece gets prepped for production

Late spring into summer is a busy time for alpaca farms, including ours (Golden Pine Alpacas). This is the time to tackle all those poly bags stuffed... Full story

 

The reason why we raise alpacas

Visitors to Golden Pine Alpacas farm often say "How adorable they are!" followed by "but what do you do with them?" "Sink your hands in this," we...

 

Lots of humming going on: Alpaca halter training begins

Spring training is in full swing – and not only for sporting activities. Alpaca farms throughout the Pacific Northwest are dusting off the...

 

Alpaca breeding, birthing season underway

Nothing is more delightful at an alpaca farm than the advent of birthing season. It’s a time when prior breeding decisions become reality and the cr...

 

Bad hair days a thing of the past at Golden Pine Alpacas

Alpaca shearing season is going strong for alpaca farms in Washington and Oregon. At Golden Pine Alpacas, we sheared 22 alpacas in two days. May 2...

 

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