Kelvington Sask.
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SASKAPACA Polly Schindel Telephone:(306) 327-8270
About US: Bob and Polly Schindel The SASKAPACA Story. Introduction: We fell in love with alpacas back in 1996 when we were looking to diversify.  Back in the mid- nineties, “diversification” was the buzz word for farmers. We were a mixed grain and cattle farm on our third generation family farm but the mix was becoming less profitable thus we began looking for something that would fit in and add value to our operation. While others were opting for elk or bison we wanted something that wouldn’t require a lot of handling equipment and the associated dangers. As my husband was reading through a livestock article, we were introduced to this beautiful new-to-North America creature call the Alpaca and our research led us to the purchase of 2 male and 3 bred female Chilean Alpacas. We adopted the slogan "Embrace the Lifestyle!" to describe our new venture as this was going to be a major transition from the Grain and Cattle handling life we were used to. By the time they arrived on our farm to minus 30 temperatures, we were surprised to learn we now had 6 Alpacas with a 7th due any time.  You can imagine the excitement as our three young daughters anticipated the arrival of our first “cria”.  The due date came but no baby.  Through our research, we were amazed to learn that alpacas are ‘induced’ ovulators and that they have an ability to delay labour at will. We assumed in this case, it was due to poor weather as the usual 11½ months gestation was stretching to 13!  Perhaps it was the shock of such cold weather or maybe the breeding records were in error, we weren’t sure, but the cria was finally born in late December of 1996 to the delight of all.  Needless to say, we quickly adjusted our birthing schedule to mid-summer and have since had the joy of many many birthings or “Criations” (as they are called) over the years since. I would have to say that many of the attractions and benefits we were hoping for when we began our adventure as Alpaca Ranchers have proven true over the years. We truly have embraced this fulfilling lifestyle. Alpaca Fibre Products: We decided to get out of cattle altogether and moved to organic grain and alpaca fibre production.  We joined the Saskatchewan Alpaca Breeders Network and The Canadian Llama and Alpaca Association and began our journey of new friends and new skills.  As we never had the gumption for travelling to the alpaca shows and competing as registered breeders, we decided to look in a new and exciting direction… The “commercial” Alpaca fibre industry. This decision lead us to concentrate on increasing our numbers and the quality of our fibre. With the help of the SABN and CLAA and the events they sponsor, I became more and more educated on alpaca fibre and have completely fallen in love with its beauty, its feel, its practicality and diverse value.  From our small beginnings of a few animals and shearing them ourselves, we have experienced growth to the point of hiring a capable shearer, a quality control production line where we sort the fibre according to length, colour and quality (each intended for a different end product). We then  tumble the fibre to pre-clean it and send it to a mill for washing, carding, spinning and dyeing. We are proud to have found highly capable knitters, crocheters, weavers, hookers, felters, artists and furriers to work with and create the diverse array of amazing Alpaca products we carry today. Alpaca ‘La Viande’ Meat Products: We have only recently entered the livestock meat market first through the pet food industry using our cull animals, but now due to the rising demand, we also provide the grass fed Specialty Meat Products for Families who enjoy these tender flavourful cuts. Pet Food: We learned that pet owners loved the noticeable effect that alpaca meat was having on the health of their pets. Once fussy and allergic pets who were hard and expensive to feed were happy and healthy and older less active pets were becoming livelier.  In fact, it was such a success that alpaca culls were not keeping up to the demand and the pet food company had to temporarily stop production.  Tender Meat Cuts: We are now much better prepared for the demand and offer a wide array of Fresh Meats such as Ground Meat, Alpaca Steaks and Roasts as well as a selection of mouthwatering  Alpaca Sausage. Garlic, Pepperoni & Breakfast Sausage. For our customers who prefer Freezer Load quantities, entire Alpacas or Alpaca Sides are available which are a highly economical investment since an entire carcass only amounts to a maximum of 100 lbs on the rail. As always, we continue to follow the principles and values of sustainable farming in our alpaca operation. Summary: SASKAPACA is located South of Lintlaw, Saskatchewan and is the home of Bob and Polly Schindel and over 100 alpacas. Bob works off the farm in the construction industry and Polly, an ex-teacher, is now owner/coach of Ideal Protein Weight Loss Clinic in Kelvington where she also has a showroom with an excellent selection of all the handmade alpaca fibre products, yarns, rovings, and batting. We also carry a broad selection frozen “La Viande” Alpaca meat selections.   Looking to fill a specific meat order? Call ahead to ensure availability. 306.327.8270 www.saskapaca.com saskapaca@sasktel.net  
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