The influx of alpaca and llama memes in the past couple of years has increased the popularity of alpacas and made visiting them even trendier! Even though alpacas are all the rage now, they haven’t always been around for us to love and post about. In fact, alpacas were first imported to the U.S. in 1984! Originating from South America, there are two breeds of alpacas: Huracaya, whose fleece is fuffy and teddy bear-like, and Suri, whose fleece is more silky and lustrous. Because of their beautiful fleece, and its functionality, farmers breed alpacas to participate in shows and to sell their fleece fibers!
When they are not showing off their fluffy fleece at shows, both breeds of alpacas can be found mingling about the Butler County alpaca farms. Alpaca fur from both breeds is incredibly soft, and is hypo-allergenic, making it a superb material for clothing and other items. Visitors to our local alpaca farms can shop through a wide variety of alpaca goods in addition to meeting and feeding these curious creatures. With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to shop for unique and luxurious alpaca gifts! The must-visit alpaca farms in our county from north to south are: