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Roger & Jessie Keymel, Owners4836 Walworth-Ontario Road, Walworth, NY 14568
Our Stoney Elm Alpaca farm is in Western Wayne County, 15 miles from Lake Ontario. A Typical Shearing Day, See the Pictures Here!
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Past News And Pictures2009 Alpaca Open House - September 26 & 27th - Farm Tours and more! Stoney Elm Alpacas in the Community! House Pets? Alpacas Visit the Garden Room The whimsical scene was immediately evident. Two medium-sized, thickly -furred range animals were attracting staff and resident attention INSIDE the Garden Room October 13, 2005. For the first time ever, Maplewood hosted a visit by Indigo and Camfree, two Alpacas. Their owners, Roger and Jessie Keymel, gave a brief video presentation before thrilling everyone by leading the animals indoors.
Residents were captivated by four-month old cocoa brown Camfree and the older, larger, light colored Indigo. Resembling miniture llamas, these members of the camel family display almost human-like expressions. Camfree was shy and jumpy in front of a packed room; Indigo was assertive and confident. Residents dislayed bolfness and curiosity- repeatedly touching and petting both animals.
Alpaca fur is definately in demand. Once sheared, it can be used to line blankets, spin yarn and even create pillows. The Keymels brought in examples while Nurse Kathy Merz hustled home to show off her Alpaca pillow.
Alpacas, natives of South America (primarily Peru), were introduced to the US in the early 80's. They have adjusted well to Western NY's climate. According to the Keymels, they are more comfortable outside during winter conditions. Fans are needed to cool them during torrid summer days.
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