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By Barbara Patterson
For The Sentinel 

Lots of humming going on: Alpaca halter training begins



Meet and Greet: Meet this year's crias and learn about alpacas this weekend at Golden Pine Alpacas' annual Open Farm Days.

Spring training is in full swing – and not only for sporting activities. Alpaca farms throughout the Pacific Northwest are dusting off the small-size halters in preparation for halter training the crias (Spanish for babies) born the previous summer and fall.

At Golden Pine Alpacas farm in Goldendale, weaning begins at six months. The juveniles are placed in a separate barn pen and pasture with full visibility of moms in adjacent pens. Alpacas' way of vocalizing is by humming. There is a whole lot of distressed humming going on for the first week or so until the young ones accept their new status as weanlings.

Week two begins with holding the alpaca (by now around 60 pounds in weight) a...

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