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Alpacas Go 'Flying' at Long Valley Farm

Local farmers put 20 alpacas, two llamas on display.

The Flying Alpacas Farm has been working for about a year according to owner, Ed Ball. "We were researching Alpacas for a few years," said Ball. "Doing horses and cows, forget it." 

Ball said the animals are easy to handle, they only cost about $400 a year to feed, and the fiber and the animals are very marketable.

Among the animals on the Flying Alpaca Farm are two "guard" llamas. From the same family as alpacas, the llamas are very protective of their cousins. 

"We recently had a bear come through here," said Ball, "and one of the llamas rounded all the alpacas in a corner then stood at the fence, stared down the bear and said 'Come get it.'"  Ball said the llamas are less expensive and much easier to keep than a guard dog.    

At the farm, the Balls have three dogs, five cats and 13 chickens that keep the 20 alpacas and two llamas company.

Leslie Mulé October 01, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Where is the farm?
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) October 01, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Hey Leslie - Thanks for the question. The farm is locate at 249 Flocktown Road.
Tracy Tobin October 02, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Is the farm open to visitors and tour or just for "visiting" from the roadside?
Hookerman October 02, 2012 at 02:22 PM
That's what I was wondering. Is Mr. Ball now going to have multitudes of people tromping through his property???
Julie Wiedemann-Ball October 04, 2012 at 01:20 AM
this past weekend was national Alpaca weekend, and we opened our farm for the public to come by and meet the alpacas, our farm is not open to the public, if you would like to come see the alpacas please contact us to set up a appointment to stop by the farm, are goods are sold at Ed's Health Foods, 180 Mountian ave, Hackettstown.

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