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Course on Alpaca Farming Offered in Waldoboro

Caption at bottom of Press Release -this is Bonnie Callery holding &quotAureus Magnus"
Caption at bottom of Press Release -this is Bonnie Callery holding "Aureus Magnus"
Posted Feb. 17, 2013, at 10:06 a.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 17, 2013

CONTACT: Terence Callery 207-832-5160

Village Farm Alpacas- 99 Old Route One- Waldoboro- 04572

Course on Alpaca Farming Offered in Waldoboro

Alpaca 101, a dynamic three hour crash course on starting an alpaca farm will be offered on Sunday March 3rd at Village Farm Alpacas in Waldoboro. The course runs from 12 – 3 pm and space is limited to 16 people…so to register call the farm at 832-5160. The course is intended for people who have some land and are thinking of investing in an alpaca ranching operation. Alpacas are light on the land, easy to care for and produce a fleece four times warmer than sheep’s wool. There are about 60 serious alpaca breeders like the Callery’s now raising alpacas in Maine. Taught by Bonnie and Terry Callery, the owners of Village Farm Alpacas the course is offered free of charge. Terry will cover buying alpacas what to look for on conformation and fleece. Terry has a business background as an executive in Maine’s aquaculture industry and he will also review contracts and the tax implications of ownership. Bonnie- a health care professional- will cover feeding and caring for them…the basic animal husbandry of the alpaca. Bonnie also weaves and spins… and she will also talk about shearing and what to do commercially with your fine fleeces. Terry has been published in alpaca industry publications and has consulted with many new farms on their infrastructure and business plans- he will cover barns, fencing and pastures as well as a basic five year plan. As a marketing professional, Terry can also answer questions on selling and marketing your herd and farm. There will be a hands-on portion where students will go out with the alpacas to look at proper conformation and to assess fleece character. Village Farm Alpacas has been very successful as breeders – last fall of the three fleeces the farm entered in one of the big Fleece Shows… one was judged to be Color Champion and another Reserve Color Champion. Alpacas with show results like these can fetch more than $10,000 in today’s market. Directions to the farm can be found on the farm’s web site WWW.ALPACAVILLAGE.COM.

PHOTO CAPTION: BONNIE CALLERY IS SHOWN HERE WITH “AUREUS MAGNUS” A CHAMPION MALE ALPACA THAT HER FARM RECENTLY SOLD FOR $8,000. BONNIE AND HER HUSBAND TERRY WILL BE TEACHING A COURSE –ALPACA 101-SUNDAY MARCH 3RD AT THEIR FARM IN WALDOBORO.

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