Alice in Dairyland: Emu & Alpaca 11-8-15

Alice in Dairyland: Emu & Alpaca 11-8-15


CHICKENS AND SHEEP AND GOATSOH MY! WHILE WE HAVE 1.2 MILLION DAIRY COWS IN AMERICA’S DAIRYLAND, WE ALSO HAVE MANY OTHER SPECIES OF LIVESTOCK THAT MAKE OUR STATE UNIQUE. HERE TO TELL US MORE ABOUT THE DIVERSITY OF LIVESTOCK ON WISCONSIN FARMS IS THE 68TH ALICE IN DAIRYLAND, TEYANNA LOETHER. SUGGESTED QUESTIONS: HOW IMPORTANT IS THE DIVERSITY OF OUR FARMS TO WISCONSIN AGRICULTURE? O WISCONSIN AGRICULTURE MAKES AN $88.3 BILLION ECONOMIC IMPACT ON OUR STATE, AND A LARGE PART OF THAT IS DUE TO THE FACT THAT WISCONSIN AGRICULTURE IS SO DIVERSE. WE HAVE 69,000 FARMS DOTTING THE LANDSCAPE, AND NEARLY 10,000 OF THOSE ARE DAIRY FARMS. WE HAVE MORE DAIRY GOATS THAN ANY OTHER STATE, AND WE ALSO HAVE UNIQUE FEATHER AND FIBER SPECIES, INCLUDING EMU AND ALPACA. WHAT MAKES ALPACA FIBERS A WARM AND COZY CHOICE FOR CONSUMERS? O ALPACA WOOL IS LANOLIN-FREE, PROVIDING A NICE ALTERNATIVE WITH THOSE WHO HAVE SKIN SENSITIVITIES TO LANOLIN (HYPOALLERGENIC) O SUPER SOFT FIBERS OFFERS PLENTY OF WARMTH, SUPER-SOFT FEEL, BUT STILL BREATHABLE FIRE RESISTANT LIKE WOOL, ALPACA FIBER IS WATER-RESISTANT, BUT IT CAN WICK AWAY MOISTURE BECAUSE OF ITS UNIQUE ABILITY TO MIMIC COTTON. THESE ATTRIBUTES ARE WHAT MAKE ALPACA FEEL LIGHTER THAN WOOL, BUT WARMER THAN COTTON IN COOL AND DAMP CLIMATES. ALPACA FIBER COMES IN 22 TONES THAT ARE RECOGNIZED BY THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY, FROM WHITE TO LIGHT ROSE GRAY TO DARK FAWN. CAN BE MERGED WITH OTHER TYPES OF FIBERS, SUCH AS WOOL OR ANGORA OFTENTIMES PRODUCERS WILL REFER TO LOTS OF WOOL BY THE NAME OF THE PARTICULAR ALPACA IT CAME FROM CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT WISCONSIN EMU PRODUCTS?INCLUDE MONTAGE OF EMU FARM PHOTOS O HIGH PROTEIN, LOW-FAT, LOW-CHOLESTEROL RED MEAT LOWER IN FAT AND HIGHER IN PROTEIN AND OTHER NUTRIENTS WHEN COMPARED TO BISON, VENISON, ELK, AND OSTRICH AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HAS INCLUDED EMU IN ITS LISTING OF HEART-HEALTHY MEATS O EMU OIL NATURAL HEALING AID, CAN REDUCE SCARRING AND AID IN HEALING ABRASIONS QUICKLY O FEATHERS AND EGGS FEATHERS CAN BE USED FOR ARTS AND CRAFTS EGGS ARE A GOURMET TREAT: EQUIVALENT TO 10-12 CHICKEN EGGS HOW CAN WE LEARN MORE ABOUT WISCONSIN’S UNIQUE FEATHER & FIBER LIVESTOCK? O AGRI-TOURISM IS A GREAT WAY TO LEARN ABOUT WISCONSIN’S FARMS AND LIVESTOCK SPECIES IN-PERSON. YOU CAN FIND A LISTING OF AGRI-TOURISM EVENTS BY DATE, LOCATION, OR TYPE ON THE WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION OF AGRICULTURAL TOURISM WEBSITE. CALL TO ACTION: BOTTOM-THIRD BANNER WISCONSIN AGRICULTURAL TOURISM ASSOCIATION WWW.VISITDAIRYLAND.COM

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *