Welcome to County Road Alpacas

Located just minutes south of Madison, Wisconsin, County Road Alpacas offers quality huacaya alpacas and products made from their fiber. Our products are available in all natural, non-dyed colors from our herd of multi-colored alpacas and colony-raised angora rabbits. All fiber preparation is done on our farm – we skirt, sort, wash, pick, card, spin, knit, crochet, felt, and weave on site. We offer a truly local luxury product from the animal to the handmade item.

Winter Markets 2022

 

Feb 6 9:00AM-noon St. John's Lutheran
20275 Davidson Rd, Brookfield, WI 53045

Mar 6 10:30AM-1PM Southminster Presbyterian
200 Richard St, Waukesha, WI 53189

Mar 13 9:30AM-1PM Ascension Lutheran
1415 Dopp St, Waukesha, WI 53188

Mar 20 9AM-1PM St. Sebastian Catholic Church

1725 N. 54th St., Milwaukee, WI 53208

Read about the markets
Visit the Food, Faith, and Farming Network website

Visit our Online Store or call or email for an appointment to come out to shop here at the farm. We will wear masks, follow social distancing and handwashing guidelines, and have our product set up in a well-ventilated building.

Please keep us and all other local farmers in mind as we continue to work through this pandemic! Thank you and stay safe! -Mary & Josh

 

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About

We have been in business since 2003. We're in the country on a small piece of land with 25 alpacas, 2 angora rabbits, 5 cats, a large flock of chickens and 8 ducks all protected by 2 Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs. Life is good.

About Alpacas

  • They are herd animals and also prey animals.
  • They are intelligent and very curious, similar to cats.
  • They are considered livestock in Wisconsin.
  • They are shorn once a year in spring.
  • Their fiber is softer and warmer than wool and contains no lanolin.
  • Gestation is 11.5 - 12 months. A baby alpaca is called a cria.
  • Lifespan is 15-20 years.
  • They use a communal dung pile. Their "beans" are not "hot" and can be used directly on plants without burning roots or stems. Alpaca beans make wonderful fertilizer.

 

 

 

About Us

The humans of County Road Alpacas are Mary Sternitzky and Josh Biser. Mary is newly retired from the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Josh is a chemical applicator and jack-of-all-trades at the Oregon Farm Center.

The Supervising Cats of County Road Alpacas are Hal, Jasper, Malcolm, Bob, and Gilbert and they would be greatly upset if they were not mentioned here. Who wants upset cats? Not us.

Our hard working, loving Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs are Poppy and Preston. They take good care of all of us.

 

Meet The Alpacas

 

Adaline

Adaline

5/16/11 • ARI#32151817
Alexander

Alexander

8/22/10
Amelie

Amelie

10/19/04 • ARI#1046137
Bright Star

Bright Star

5/24/09 • ARI#31823647
Daphne

Daphne

5/28/14
Dusty

Dusty

8/31/05 • ARI#1219890
Emerson Spots

Emerson Spots

5/19/14 • ARI#32736434
Flynn

Flynn

9/6/02 • ARI#841391
Grace

Grace

7/15/21
Gypsy

Gypsy

4/19/08 • ARI#31478946
Irena

Irena

10/3/08 • ARI#31847124
Leeroy Spots

Leeroy Spots

6/26/11 • ARI#35100720
Leonard

Leonard

9/17/12 • ARI#30898875
Liberty

Liberty

7/4/01 • ARI#833880
Matilda

Matilda

9/24/10 • ARI#31807142
Maya

Maya

6/13/09 • ARI#31809030
Oreo

Oreo

8/26/05 • ARI#30013252
Osckar

Osckar

6/25/11 • ARI#30898905
Sasha

Sasha

5/12/14
Shouka

Shouka

10/10/04 • ARI#1244793
Shouka

Sparky

10/8/17
Tatiana

Tatiana

6/13/10 • ARI#31807159
Zach

Zach

9/18/17
Zeus

Zeus

9/20/17
Zach

Zorianna

10/20/04 • ARI#1297133

Products

Our products are hand-processed and handmade by us on our farm using fiber from our alpacas and bunnies.
We also belong to fiber pools and offer USA-grown and made socks, inserts, gloves, and more.
Click Here to Visit our Online Store or call (608) 239-3157 or email to set up a time to shop in person at our farm.

Below are some examples of the handmade items we offer.
Our handmade items come with a care instruction card and a photo of the alpaca(s) that contributed fiber.
Thank you for supporting our small family farm!

These are some of our products

 

 

 

 

Farm Photos

Here are some photos of life on the farm.

Alpaca Birth Sequence

This is a series of photos showing a typical alpaca birth in the pasture featuring Gypsy and Leonard.
Gypsy had it all under control so we just held back and watched and took some photos. I've been lucky to have been able to watch most of the births on the farm.
It is amazing to see the dam's reaction to the process, to see that she knows just what to do, and to watch how the rest of the herd responds.
Leonard's birth took less than 30 minutes, he was nursing in an hour and a half, and walked out to meet the herd 2-1/2 hours after being born.
He did have curved ears at birth, but they straightened out without any intervention in the months that followed.

Get in Touch

Schedule a time to visit and shop.

County Road Alpacas
W503 Amidon Road Brooklyn, WI 53521

608-239-3157

CountyRoadAlpacas@gmail.com