Our decision to become involved with alpacas came about with our move from the suburbs to the countryside in search of a different lifestyle. We found the perfect place to call home, Win-Dee Acres Farm in the village of Big Mount. Located in York County Pennsylvania between Dover and East Berlin. With our purchase of an old brick colonial overlooking ten acres our Pennsylvania alpaca farm venture was underway. Alpacas, with all their cute and quirky characteristics, arrived next and our lifestyle started.
While we welcomed the change we never lost sight that this would be a business venture. And so we read, researched, talked to and visited with numerous Pennsylvania alpaca farms, and attended shows and auctions, before we took the plunge with our first alpaca purchase. Like anyone who first encounters this industry we, too, were skeptical and asked countless questions and found countless answers all of which reassured us that this was an emerging industry that was well-grounded.
Our desire is not to be one of the largest Pennsylvania alpaca farms but to purposefully remain small and highly selective, so that we can best focus our efforts on education, care, breeding, and exemplary customer service. We look forward to sharing our alpaca insights and experience with you.
Right now we have some very nice young females for sale. Customer support is offered 24/7 and we welcome new breeders and experienced breeders alike. Farm visits by appointment are always welcome, and if you have any questions about the alpaca industry we might be able to help you with, please contact Ian.
People always ask what is the difference between Alpaca Fiber and Sheep`s wool? Sheep's wool has a different physical make-up than that of alpaca fiber. The outside of each strand of wool has tiny, microscopic scales along the length of the strand. When garments made with wool are worn next to the skin, these scales catch the surface of the skin and cause some wool to feel prickly. Strands of alpaca fiber are smooth and therefore feel less prickly or itchy next to the skin. Alpaca too, is lanolin free (lanolin holds dust and microscopic allergens that create allergies to wool), which allows for the hypoallergenic nature of the fiber. Each individual strand of fiber is hollow. This gives alpaca a tremendous thermal capacity that allows for a breathable fiber with an insulating nature. Alpaca insulates from cool and warm temperatures.