September 2009
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Free Alpaca 101 Clinics Offered, Open House Set at Ozark Farm

Jerry Sanders’ granddaughter, Meagan, proves that alpacas are the “huggable investment.”


If you have ever thought about purchasing alpacas, plan to attend one of two free clinics offered by Jerry Sanders of Alabama Peanuts and Pacas on October 3 and October 10. He will cover the breeding and raising of alpacas, their nutritional needs and herd maintenance like giving shots and vaccinations, hoof trimming, and birthing. Other topics include selection of alpacas, fence and shelter requirements, predator control, and special information you need to know about raising alpacas in the South. Also you will find out how to let Uncle Sam help you buy your alpacas.

The clinic is free, but participants will need to pay for their lunch, handouts and written materials needed for the class. Time both days is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Due to very limited space, the class is for adults only and early registration is recommended. To register for either clinic, e-mail Jerry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call (334) 445-2762.To learn more about alpacas, please visit Jerry’s website at

In addition to the clinics the farm will host an Open House…Alpaca Farm Days, September 26 and 27, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Families are welcome to come out and see alpacas. Farm visits other weekends are welcome by appointment only please. Alabama Peanuts and Pacas is located at 4946 S. Co. Rd. 20 in Ozark.

About Alpacas

Alpacas are sometimes referred to as "the huggable investment." Alpacas are unique and are still considered rare. Tending to a graceful herd of alpacas can be profitable and allow one to live a rewarding lifestyle. Alpacas have a relatively long and trouble-free reproductive life span. They can be fully insured against loss. They also are very friendly, inexpensive to raise, very hardy, trainable and require very little acreage. An interesting article about alpacas can be viewed on the website of AFC Cooperative Farming News at Click on archive articles and then click on October 2007. Look for the article "Life on a Fairy Tale Farm."