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April 17 - 18, 2021
9703 Blue Spring Road
Long Acres Alpaca Farm & Cinco C's Alpacas
Learn to Shear
This 2 day Shearing Weekend is for those that want to learn how to harvest the reaps of their labor! Shearing is a learned skill that requires much practice. It can also cause injury to humans and animals alike, especially if you haven’t been properly trained. Learn how to shear your herd safely and you can bring 2 alpacas to be shorn!
• Learn how to shear your animals safely
• Perform shearing station setup
• Identify shearing goals
• Describe how your pasture affects your harvest
• Identify ways to get your harvest into the supply chain
• Learn accurate record keeping and more!
These sessions are hands on. Each participant can bring 2 of their alpacas to shear.
May 15 - 16, 2021
198 Sartwell Creek Rd
Cinco C's Alpacas & Long Acres Alpacas
Birthing and Cria Care
These sessions are hands on. This 2-day workshop is always a favorite one and registration fills up quickly. Learning how to prepare yourself for that small percentage of time that something can go wrong is time well spent. Plus birthing the cria is but one small, albeit an important, aspect of raising alpacas. Failure to Thrive can be a nightmare to correct and preventing this cria problem is much easier than treating it.
• Practice in wet lab simulation
• Identify dystocias and when to intervene
• Learn how to correct dystocias and when to call the veterinarian
• Describe cria care during its first year of life and more!
Breeding problems happen and keeping good records and understanding hormone cycles will go a long way in helping you and your veterinarian solve those problems.
• Discuss normal breeding cycles & behavior testing
• Learn about hand breeding and field breeding
• Describe common breeding problems
July 10 - 11, 2021
1042 Four Mile Rd
Grazing Hills Fiber Arts Festival
Come Experience a Fiber Arts Festival: Alpaca-To-A-Poncho
About Grazing Hills:
A family owned and operated alpaca farm located in Viola, Idaho, Grazing Hills is settled in the rolling hills of the Palouse. Katie DeWinkle, her entourage of 6 daughters, and her easy-going husband, Cory, manage and run their farm, a Country Store and their B&B. They currently raise over 50 huacaya alpacas, sheep, ducks, chickens, cows, and a few horses.
Grazing Hills Alpacas began in 1993, when Katie was just 6. She helped train, show, and run the farm in the middle of being a homeschooler entrepreneur.
Now, as a 3rd generation alpaca farmer and owner, Katie is passionate about raising awareness to the fiber arts, and the endless possibilities of the fiber industry. Not just as it relates to alpacas.... but how important it is to train up the next generation of fiber producers.
The idea behind the Grazing Hills Fiber Festival began in 2018, with the help of her friend, Christine Nauman of Wooly Pines Farm who raises Pygora goats.
It took shape and was launched in July 2019 and again in July 2020, even during the COVID madness!
We strive to continue the event each July and build upon our mistakes and successes. We have been blessed with wonderful vendors, talented artists and teachers, and a great turnout of attendees the past 2 years. We hope to continue that and have another successful Festival this July!
For July 2021:
45 Fiber Artists and Vendors
14 workshop classes (crochet, weaving, dyeing, and more!)
Shearing Demonstrations (sheep and alpacas)
We hope you are able to attend and experience!
Visit our website, facebook page, and instagram for a list of classes, vendors, and more!