Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Alpacas go to school

An alpaca on a farm owned by Carina and Erwin Stadler in Goeming, Austria, after the annual Spring shearing (see more here): "They were given a range of questionable cuts, from mullets to goatees...Five to ten pounds of hair is shaved off an adult alpaca every year....With alpacas living for up to 20 years, their owners have the time to hone their styling skills before they find the perfect fit for each animal."
Taking a cue from long held traditions of allowing sheep to graze in town squares and cemeteries, Pennsylvania's Carlisle Area and Cumberland Area school districts began using sheep to keep the grass trimmed, saving thousands of dollars each year on groundskeeping. Things took a more exotic turn earlier this month when Cumberland Valley High School accepted a donation of 6 alpacas from the Bent Pine Alpaca Farm. Not only do the animals save the cost of mowing the 2 acres around the school's solar array, they tie into the agricultural program in which 225 students are enrolled. “Everything we’re doing ties right back into the curriculum,” said ag teacher Michael Woods, referring also to the veterinary and biomedical arts courses. The alpacas will also be willing subjects if any of the Future Farmers of America decide to become future hairdressers of America...
Here are some of the sweet and funny faces in the Cabinet:

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