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2024

Year of the Alpaca

We invite you to discover the charm of Alberta's alpaca farms.

Did you know...

Known for their friendly and gentle disposition, alpacas are a joy to be around, creating an atmosphere of tranquility and peace.

Alpacas boast a soft and hypoallergenic fleece that comes in a spectrum of natural colors, from ivory to rich mahogany.

Alberta Farms
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With Bison

Based on the 2021 Census of Agriculture, there were 472 Alberta farms reporting bison (buffalo), and accounted for 48 per cent of the Canadian total (989 farms).

The total number of bison (buffalo) on Alberta farms were 65,405 head, accounting for 44 per cent of the national total (149,539 head).

Farmed Bison Inventories
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Western Canada is home to 92 per cent of farms reporting bison in Canada, and 97 per cent of the national herd (149,539 head).

Alberta leads the nation in farmed bison inventories (65,405 head), followed by Saskatchewan (52,860 head), British Columbia (14,888 head), and Manitoba (11,725 head).

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Alpacas and Llamas at Open Farm Days

  • Get a chance to ask questions, gain 1st-hand knowledge about what makes alpacas so unique, and watch them in the pasture and up close.
  • Get a chance to handle fiber shorn from the alpaca this past spring, and samples from the various stages of processing fiber into yarn.
  • Watch a fiber spinning demonstrations.
More Information Coming Soon

Alpaca and Llama Experiences

    FAQ

    Alpacas are sheared once a year in the spring, producing on average between five to 10 pounds of fibre a year.  The main yield is from their “blanket”, or the part of the alpaca’s coat that comes from the barrel of its body.
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