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Circus City Alpacas welcome babies

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MOTHER AND DAUGHTER: Irish Matinee stands with her mother named Franny. Individuals can now adopt an alpaca from the farm andvisit the farm to spend time with the alpaca for up to one year.
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NEWBORN: Andy Hammersley holds a five-day-old alpaca named Irish Matinee at Circus City Alpacas. They expectto have two more babies any day now.

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@chronicle-tribune.com

Circus City Alpacas has a fresh new face around the farm and expects to have two more any day now.

Irish Matinee was born about five days ago, to her mother named Franny. Two more alpacas are overdue on the farm and should have their babies soon, according to owner Andy Hammersley.

Right now the farm has 29 alpacas, but Hammersley said they should have 37 by the end of the year, with two more due in August, one in October and three in September. She said alpacas take 11 and a half months to have their babies.

Usually they’re born in early summer or fall, though Hammersley said she’s trying to get them to start having them in the spring. She said she looks forward to having more babies running around, because they like prance around and play together outside.

“It’s exciting because we never know what they’re going to look like,” she said.

Circus City Alpacas invites farm tours throughout the year as well. Hammersley said they had a big tour on Sunday this week and expect another one on Wednesday. On the tours, Hammersley said she goes over the history of alpacas, what they do and what the farm does with them.

One of the uses includes the fiber sheered from the alpacas. A lot of it gets made into products that Circus City Alpacas sells in its store. 

Once the alpacas have matured and no longer produce good fiber, Hammersley said they’re also certified to use their meat. She said the meat sticks they sell at the local farmer’s market are pretty popular and are a good snack to grab and take on a trip. 

The farm also plans to have an open house at the end of September for the National Alpaca Days.

To schedule a visit to the farm, individuals can call (765)-472-2596.