Deitricks’ Alpaca Ranch, owned and run by Dwight and Wanda Deitrick, is a 50-acre family ranch currently home to 72 Huacaya alpacas… and growing. Located 130 miles west of Chicago in Prophetstown, IL, the ranch is open to scheduled group visits as well as private tours (by appointment) to visit with the alpacas and shop the ranch store.
We are excited to welcome Deitricks’ Alpaca Ranch to the Chicago Artisan Market at Morgan Manufacturing (401 N. Morgan St., Chicago) on Sunday, December 2, 2018 (10am-4pm) along with 100+ of Chicago’s finest artisans in food, fashion, home goods + art.
The rare and exotic alpaca is a creature of antiquity that is rapidly gaining popularity around the world. Alpacas are raised for their beautiful fleece and produce one of the finest fibers in the world, as soft as cashmere and warmer and lighter weight than wool. Alpacas are highly prized for their luxurious coats.
Deitricks’ Alpaca Ranch produces top quality fleece, luxuriously soft, natural alpaca colors (not-dyed) fine yarn, roving, felted products, hand knit cowls, scarves, hats and gloves plus hand woven alpaca core yarn rugs.
• There are two different breed-types of alpacas: the huacaya and the suri. Although both types are physiologically nearly identical, one obvious physical difference is the fleece.
Huacaya fleece – has a degree of waviness or crimp, thus giving huacayas a fluffy, “Teddy Bear-like” appearance.
Suris fleece – no crimp in their fleeces, so the fiber clings to itself, forming beautiful “pencil locks” that hang down from the body in gentle, silky cascades.
• Alpacas have coexisted with humankind for thousands of years, but outside of their native South America, the number of alpacas is extremely limited. In fact, 99 percent of the world’s approximately three million alpacas are found in Peru, Bolivia and Chile.
• Alpacas are members of the camelid (or camel) family. They are mild tempered, gregarious animals with an inquisitive nature.
• An alpaca produces enough fleece each year to create several soft, warm sweaters for its owners comfort. This is the alpaca’s way of contributing to community energy conservation efforts.
The Deitricks’ mission as a family ranch is to continually improve their herd both in quality conformation and in fiber fineness and to always appreciate these amazing animals.
Deitricks’ Alpaca Ranch