By Barbara Patterson
For The Sentinel 

Parasite control in dryland alpaca farming

How Golden Pine Alpacas solved a key agricultural problem



CALENDAR CUTE: These alpacas are enjoying the benefits of dryland 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 makes me feel a pang of envy. These charming pastoral scenes featuring such fortunate alpacas are prevalent in alpaca publications and Facebook videos.

In contrast to this idyllic vision lies our Golden Pine Alpacas farm, located within the arid area of eastern Washington known as a rain shadow, caused by the Cascade Mountains 40 miles to the west. Goldendale receives shy of 18 inches of rain in a good year and less in the recent drought years. Eight months of the year our pastures are brown with nary a blade of grass to delight the eye. This...

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