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We are Cindy and Wayne Aldrich -- AKA, SHEPHERD'S PURSE ALPACAS. We celebrate our nineteenth anniversary this year, having purchased our first alpacas in 2002. We "bought the farm" in Mount Airy, Maryland in the summer of 2002, and finally brought our four girls and little boy home in April 2003. Our herd now numbers twenty-eight, including eight boys and twenty girls. We are really enjoying the Alpaca Lifestyle!

We are very excited to be realizing our dream to own and breed these beautiful animals. We are especially attracted to the fine fleece that alpacas produce - we believe it's finer than cashmere! Our aim is to breed an excellent quality animal, both in conformation and temperament, and to aggressively market the fleece and finished end products. 

We are pleased to announce that Shepherd's Purse Alpacas and our It's Alpaca! Boutique will be open to visitors on Saturday, July 10, from 10am to 5pm. Start your winter knitting projects now. Come in for 10% off your yarn purchase and have warm scarves and socks at the ready when the cold winds blow! The It's Alpaca! Boutique offers fine alpaca gifts and is open the second Saturday of every month and by appointment. Make sure to visit the alpacas to see how sleek they look after shearing! Due to the COVID-19 virus we ask visitors to wear masks and exercise safe social distancing.

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For more information contact Cindy and Wayne by email or at 301-829-4798.

Visit us at the farm: 7971 Bennett Branch Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771. To arrange a farm visit or a shopping appointment, call Wayne at 301-452-1874.

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