Alpaca Farm Teaches Family Valuable Lessons

Getting your kids to do their chores isn't easy, but one mom has turned her passion into a project to teach her children about responsibility.
They're taller than sheep, they're softer than llamas, Alpacas seem to be the perfect pet. Or at least the Searle family who owns Little Britches Alpaca farm in Casper thinks so.

“Probably the best part is just getting know their personalities because each alpaca has a different personality,” 14-year-old Aubrey Searle told News 13. “It's so funny. Some will be super into you and give you kisses and some will ... Nothing want to do with you. It's just great.”
The farm began three years ago after owner, Raelynn Searle, bought her daughter, Aubrey, two alpacas for her birthday. Now there are over 22.

The farm's growth wasn't the only thing Raelynn saw change. She also saw a change in her children too.

“I see them actually starting to do their chores without being asked,” she said. “Fighting over helping. Noticing things on the animals that need to be taken care of. Toes that need to be done or teeth. They're spotting it. They are starting to spot it before I get it."

Aubrey noticed a change in herself too.

"It's taught me a lot because I have to feed them,” she said. “I have to get up off the couch and come feed them at night. I have to wet them down. It's a lot of responsibility and I think I have grown from it."

Thursday was shearing day at Little Britches Alpaca farm. The family sheared 22 alpacas.

They say it's important to shear them every summer.
"Cause if you don't shear. There fur will keep on growing and they'll be hot," Braden Searle, 13, said.

Shearing Day produced over 240 pounds of alpaca fiber for the farm. This fiber will be able to make hats, and many other products that wool also makes except these products are hypoallergenic. The alpaca fibers are warmer than sheep’s wool and less itchy as well.