Alpaca owners gather for conference in Lebanon

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Alpaca owners from across the country are meeting in Lebanon and Gallatin this weekend. 

They’re here for the first annual Alpaca Owner’s Association Natural Fiber Extravaganza and a tour of the Long Hollow Suri Alpaca farm and New Era Fiber Mill.

Alpacas produce highly coveted fleece for sweaters and other clothing that’s warm, soft and hypoallergenic.

The highlight so far this weekend was Yoga with Alpacas. 50 people came out early Saturday morning for a transformative experience with a field full of quietly grazing alpacas.  

There was a tour of the Long Hollow Suri Alpaca farm in Gallatin, plus events and demonstrations at the Wilson County Expo Center of spinning, knitting and livestock seminars. Farmers are also learning how to maximize every part of the animal from fleece to poop, from yarn to fertilizer.    

Alpacas are a close relative of llamas, but they are usually much smaller. 

There are several Alpaca farms in Middle Tennessee including Gallatin, Franklin, College Grove and Mt. Juliet. 

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