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Admission to visit Serendipity Farm Alpacas & Llamas is by MONETARY DONATION (Cash or Credit Card - No Food please) to the LANARK HIGHLANDS FOOD PANTRY, which are accepted at our Farm Store.

Haltered LLAMA WALKS ARE AVAILABLE for booking!! Please see our"Llama Walks" Tab for full details. (LLAMA WALK GIFT CARDS are available!)

***ALPACA BEANS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SELF-SERVE PICKUP IN OUR PARKING AREA!! ($5 /BAG) (Please call first to confirm availability that day - thank you!)***

Please note that we have NO llamas available for sale at the moment.

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"Serendipity's Marigold" - born June 25, 2020 - here at 1 week of age!!
"Centauri" posing on the hill beside our house - June 2020.

One of our visitors enjoying a break with her llama ("Pepper") during a recent llama walk!

"Chico" and some of the alpaca boys munching - May 2020.

At Serendipity Farm Alpacas & Llamas our mission is to raise healthy and happy animals; breed for quality fibre while maintaining strong bloodlines; as well as recognizing the value in each and every animal. We serve as a rescue sanctuary for llamas in need of a place to live safely and happily. We are also dedicated to providing information about, and promoting the benefits of, raising camelids in Canada.

Alpacas – An Overview

Alpacas are small animals of the camelid family (other members include llamas, camels, vicunas and guanacos). They were domesticated over 5,000 years ago by the ancient Inca civilization. Their fine cashmere-like fleece was once reserved for Incan royalty.

Alpacas produce fiber that is as fine as cashmere, soft, silky and much warmer than sheep's wool, while also wicking moisture away from the body. Alpaca fiber is lanolin-free making it virtually allergen-free! With the exception of mohair, alpacas produce the strongest animal fiber in the world. Their fleece comes in 22 natural colours, the widest assortment of colours of any fiber-bearing animal. Prized for its unique silky feel and superb handle, alpaca fiber is highly sought after by the textile makers of Britain, Europe and Japan.

Alpacas have a life span of 15 - 22 years. Adults weight 125 - 200 lbs and stand 34 - 36 inches high at the withers. Baby alpacas, called crias, generally weight 14 - 20 lbs at birth. Gestation is approximately 11 months. As a rule, alpacas are born during the day, usually between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Alpacas communicate through soft humming noises and a unique body language.

Today, in Canada, alpacas are raised for their exquisite fiber, and are enjoyed for their delightful personalities as well as the financial returns of raising and breeding them.

There are two types or breeds of alpaca, the huacaya and the suri, which differ primarily in the character of their fiber. The huacaya, the most common alpaca breed has a crimped or wavy fleece, whereas the suri has straight, lustrous fiber. In full fleece, the huacaya has a full, fluffy appearance, while the suri is elegantly draped in long, wavy locks.

Various worsted and woollen mills in Canada offer custom processing of alpaca fiber into various yarns, fabric and felt. Sweaters, blankets, mitts, socks, shawls, hats and duvets can be purchased through various home-based businesses.