Julie Bodette raising alpacas 2012.09.26

Written by David Green.

alpaca.3Morenci graduate Julie (Buechner) Bodette fell in love with alpacas back in the 1990s and she's willing to share her love Sunday when she takes part in the annual National Alpaca Farm Day event.

Julie has a herd of 26 alpacas on her Summer Meade Farm near Swanton, but that number will soon change. 

"I have three babies on the way," she said. "Hopefully one and maybe all three will be born by farm day."

A baby alpaca, by the way, is known as a cria.

Alpaca breeders from across the nation will open their farms Sunday for the public to get a close-up visit with the unique animals. Various products made from alpaca fiber will be displayed and available for purchase, and spinning and weaving demonstrations will be given by an artisan. Bodette will explain why she believes why the alpaca business "is perfect for environmentally conscious individuals who own small acreage." She founded Sunny Meade in 1998.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The farm is located at 7770 Providence Neapolis Swanton Rd., south of Swanton.

p.alpaca.2To learn more, visit the Sunny Meade Alpacas, Ltd. web site, www.allthingsalpacaonline.com, or the farm's Facebook page.

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