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  • December 10, 2018 11:03 AM | IAA Admin (Administrator)

    Dear Indiana Alpaca Association Member,


    My name is Lila Beghtel, and I live in Anderson. I am a 13 year old homeschool student and I show my alpaca, Syd, in 4-H every year. One of the requirements for our county‚Äôs 4H program is that all members in our club complete a poster educating the public about llamas or alpacas. In the past, I have completed poster projects about dying fiber, shearing my animal, creating a new home for an alpaca, commercial processing of alpaca fiber, and alpaca care around the United States (that one won Sweepstakes at the Indiana State Fair!). 

    This year I have decided to make a poster showing the 16 pure solid standard colors of an alpaca.  I am writing to ask for your help in obtaining samples of each of these 16 colors. If you have pure standard colors of alpacas, could you please send fiber samples to help me achieve this goal?  Samples do not need to be large, but do need to be consistent with the color key listed below. I will be working on my poster in January, so I would love to have samples of each color received by then. Each farm that sends a sample will be recognized in the resources portion of the poster.  Thank you so much for helping me complete this project.  


    Lila Beghtel

  • November 17, 2018 10:13 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley (Administrator)

    You will be receiving a  call from a member checking to see if you would be interested in a position on the IAA Board.  We meet generally the first Monday of the month with a call- in meeting.  We have 3-4 general membership meetings a year. We plan events for the membership and carry on any business needed. If you are interested, please write a small biography of your alpaca activities and what you would like to see the Indiana Alpaca Association plan for its goals. Please contact Brenda Ginn 765-623-0043 or myself at 765-863-3701. We are planning on voting online if possible.  Thank you for your consideration.

  • February 08, 2018 12:01 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley (Administrator)

    We met at MCL Cafeteria at Castleton on February 3rd, 2018 with 14 in attendance.  Introduction of new members present was made.  Beth Sheets, treasurer, gave a treasurer report. We have roughly $16,000 in our two accounts. Andy Hammersley lead the meeting. She reviewed the ideas collected from last meeting at Gentleman's Jacks Alpaca Ranch.

    Preparation for Shearing

    Generic what to do with fiber

    Basic Vet Care

    Reference books: Norm Evan's Field Manual

                              Fiber Source Book.

    We need a list of veternarians


    Poop Management- 

    1 gal zip lock bag dry poop makes 5 gals of "alpaca tea"  $10

    50# poop  $25    Members state this sells like wildfire.

    Sorting and Grading

    Felting Class-Nuno

    How to register and transfer animals

    Promotion of Fiber Arts

    What to do about pesky flies?    Solar Fly Traps was suggested.

    What do you do with alpaca bodies when an animal dies?

    Have you had your fiber graded?

    How much Grade 3 in what colors do you have on your farm.

    We are working on this list. Several ideas were brought out today.

    All members are able to post and promote events on IAA website and IAA Facebook.

    We scheduled a Craft Day at Sheets Farm on June 16th 10a-3p.

    We will post more on Craft Day closer to date.

    Elizabeth Taylor gave us a great presentation on Collection of fiber, grading, sorting, uses, overview of fiber harvest. We had a question and answer time.

    The food at the MCL was delish!

    Andy Hammersley, President of Indiana Alpaca Association.

  • January 20, 2018 10:34 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley (Administrator)

    Don't forget to mark your calendar for Feb 3rd in Indy at MCL Castleton Lane.

    We will meet at 11a-2p. We will eat lunch and continue with meeting following. 

    Hope to see you there.  Bring business cards, advertisements on herdsires, etc.

  • December 30, 2017 11:57 AM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley (Administrator)

    We will be meeting on February 3rd, 2018 at the MCL Cafeteria at 5520 Castleton Corner on northeast side of Indy.  I have it confirmed today.  We will meet at 11a for lunch and have our meeting following. Adjourning at 2p.  Please come and give us your ideas and wishes for your alpaca association.  Thanks Andy

  • December 23, 2017 2:29 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley (Administrator)

    I'm sorry but we need to reschedue the general membership meeting for the beginning of 2018.  It has been a busy season.  We will meet on February 3rd in the Indy area. The time frame will be 11am - 2pm. We will discuss ideas and goals for 2018, fiber events and projects, and hopefully an upcoming meeting with another group in the future.  Put the date on your calendar and let's have a good turnout to help with goals for our organization.  Hope your alpacas are keeping warm and dry. Stay tuned for more information.  Your IAA Board

  • December 04, 2017 9:38 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley (Administrator)

    I was contacted today concerning an inquiry to provide alpaca (s) for a New Years Eve Party in Fishers, In.  It will be around 5p on New Years Eve. There will be children and adults.  You will be able to arrange your own price. Please contact the gentleman in this post if you are able to take an alpaca or two to this party. I don't think you will be required to stay at the party for the whole evening. He was hoping to get someone close to Indy if possible.

    Please contact: Cliff Snyder

    Fishers, In


    c.snyder @

  • September 11, 2017 12:05 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley (Administrator)

    We had a great day Saturday visiting, enjoying great speakers, and just talking alpaca.  I think the "just talking alpaca" is very important.  It was a beautiful day at a beautiful location.  Thanks to everyone involved.

  • August 15, 2017 10:46 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley (Administrator)

    Our Indiana Alpaca Association meeting for general members will be at Gentleman Jack's Alpaca Ranch at 5664 E. St Rd 124, Peru, In on September 9th  10a-4p.

    We have the honor to have Julie Delaney from Irish Meadows Alpaca Farm speaking to us about taxes and our alpaca businesses and how to manage and operate a successful farm store.  Julie is a CPA and operates a successful alpaca farm.

    We will also have Lisa Gilman from Wabash Woolen Works and Mike Christin from Three Points Fiber Mill to tell us what type of services they offer to the alpaca community. 

    We will have a short business meeting and discussion on our goals for 2017-18.

    Come and be part of your alpaca organization.

    Members $15  Non-Members $20

  • July 26, 2017 2:05 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley (Administrator)

    So you have decided you are going to purchase your first alpaca(s).  But which one or ones do you get, intact males or females only, an intact male and a female, gelded males only, or gelded male and female? Maybe you are thinking of a single male or female might work with your set up.  But which choices are best and which ones could cause actual harm to your new found friend(s).

    Alpacas are camelids and as such have a very strong herd instinct.  For this reason, keeping a single alpaca alone is not the best option.  Solitary life for an alpaca is much the same as solitary confinement for human prisoners.  After a period of time, the mental health of an alpaca can be severely damaged and there have been been reports of death caused by loneliness.   If you cannot afford two same sex alpacas at the time of purchase, consider saving enough money so you can buy at least two.   Llamas can make good companion animals depending on the sex and temperament of the animals to be paired together.  This topic goes beyond the scope of this article and may be addressed at another time.  It is generally accepted that horses do not make great companions simply because they can easily injure an alpaca.  Regarding miniature donkeys, the jury is still out.

    But by far, the best companion for an alpaca is another alpaca.  Keeping all males (intact or gelded) or all females is the best option if you are starting out.  But what about a breeding pair or a gelded male and female ?  These are not the best options either.  Even a gelded male will try to mount and penetrate the female at every opportunity causing possible reproductive tract overexposure, trauma, and infection.   If the female conceives, in the event of an intact male paired with a female, there is a gestation period of 11-12 months during which time she will not be receptive.  The male will still try to breed the female causing considerable stress as she resists his advances.  You may then have to separate them causing the above mentioned problems.

    It is my hope that you continue to supplement your knowledge with books, articles, and relationships with your state alpaca association.

    May all your days be alpaca-ed with joy.

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