• December 30, 2017 11:57 AM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley

    We will be meeting on February 3rd, 2018 at the MCL Cafeteria at 5520 Castleton Corner on northeast side of Indy.  I have it confirmed today.  We will meet at 11a for lunch and have our meeting following. Adjourning at 2p.  Please come and give us your ideas and wishes for your alpaca association.  Thanks Andy

  • December 23, 2017 2:29 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley

    I'm sorry but we need to reschedue the general membership meeting for the beginning of 2018.  It has been a busy season.  We will meet on February 3rd in the Indy area. The time frame will be 11am - 2pm. We will discuss ideas and goals for 2018, fiber events and projects, and hopefully an upcoming meeting with another group in the future.  Put the date on your calendar and let's have a good turnout to help with goals for our organization.  Hope your alpacas are keeping warm and dry. Stay tuned for more information.  Your IAA Board

  • December 04, 2017 9:38 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley

    I was contacted today concerning an inquiry to provide alpaca (s) for a New Years Eve Party in Fishers, In.  It will be around 5p on New Years Eve. There will be children and adults.  You will be able to arrange your own price. Please contact the gentleman in this post if you are able to take an alpaca or two to this party. I don't think you will be required to stay at the party for the whole evening. He was hoping to get someone close to Indy if possible.

    Please contact: Cliff Snyder

    Fishers, In


    c.snyder @

  • September 11, 2017 12:05 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley

    We had a great day Saturday visiting, enjoying great speakers, and just talking alpaca.  I think the "just talking alpaca" is very important.  It was a beautiful day at a beautiful location.  Thanks to everyone involved.

  • August 15, 2017 10:46 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley

    Our Indiana Alpaca Association meeting for general members will be at Gentleman Jack's Alpaca Ranch at 5664 E. St Rd 124, Peru, In on September 9th  10a-4p.

    We have the honor to have Julie Delaney from Irish Meadows Alpaca Farm speaking to us about taxes and our alpaca businesses and how to manage and operate a successful farm store.  Julie is a CPA and operates a successful alpaca farm.

    We will also have Lisa Gilman from Wabash Woolen Works and Mike Christin from Three Points Fiber Mill to tell us what type of services they offer to the alpaca community. 

    We will have a short business meeting and discussion on our goals for 2017-18.

    Come and be part of your alpaca organization.

    Members $15  Non-Members $20

  • July 26, 2017 2:05 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley

    So you have decided you are going to purchase your first alpaca(s).  But which one or ones do you get, intact males or females only, an intact male and a female, gelded males only, or gelded male and female? Maybe you are thinking of a single male or female might work with your set up.  But which choices are best and which ones could cause actual harm to your new found friend(s).

    Alpacas are camelids and as such have a very strong herd instinct.  For this reason, keeping a single alpaca alone is not the best option.  Solitary life for an alpaca is much the same as solitary confinement for human prisoners.  After a period of time, the mental health of an alpaca can be severely damaged and there have been been reports of death caused by loneliness.   If you cannot afford two same sex alpacas at the time of purchase, consider saving enough money so you can buy at least two.   Llamas can make good companion animals depending on the sex and temperament of the animals to be paired together.  This topic goes beyond the scope of this article and may be addressed at another time.  It is generally accepted that horses do not make great companions simply because they can easily injure an alpaca.  Regarding miniature donkeys, the jury is still out.

    But by far, the best companion for an alpaca is another alpaca.  Keeping all males (intact or gelded) or all females is the best option if you are starting out.  But what about a breeding pair or a gelded male and female ?  These are not the best options either.  Even a gelded male will try to mount and penetrate the female at every opportunity causing possible reproductive tract overexposure, trauma, and infection.   If the female conceives, in the event of an intact male paired with a female, there is a gestation period of 11-12 months during which time she will not be receptive.  The male will still try to breed the female causing considerable stress as she resists his advances.  You may then have to separate them causing the above mentioned problems.

    It is my hope that you continue to supplement your knowledge with books, articles, and relationships with your state alpaca association.

    May all your days be alpaca-ed with joy.

  • July 06, 2017 10:45 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley

    September 9th is the next general meeting at Gentleman Jack's Alpaca Ranch in Peru, In.  We will keep you updated as the plans develop.  Hold the date! We would like to see more of you at our meetings. 

  • April 01, 2017 10:00 AM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley



    APRIL 1, 2017 10A-5P


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  • January 08, 2017 8:44 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley

    We have prepared a list of shearers willing to help out the members with a few alpacas. We are thinking 6 or less. Most larger farms already have shearers engaged on a routine basis. I get several calls for people needing alpacas shorn.

    We have tried to find people in several areas of the state for the convenience of both the shearers and alpaca owners.

    Lafayette/Frankfort    Darrin Haupert  765-659-8852

    Seymour                   Tom Blanford    812-569-0688

    Ossian                       Kathy Kowal      260-438-4515

    South East                 Meagan Burkhart 513-708-6848

    Freedom                    Elizabeth Taylor 812-820-0343

    Anderson                   Marvin Ginn       765-779-8000

    We hope this will be helpful.

    Your IAA

  • August 25, 2016 1:11 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley

    We have alpaca feed for IAA members available in Flora and Greencastle.

    Please let us know if you are interested.  It is a great savings!

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