— The Indiana Alpaca Association Team

Hidden Acres Alpacas of Indiana

Mark and Jana Melton
5307 N Mishler RdHuntington, IN 46750
260-571-9312

Hidden Acres Alpacas was established in 2008 with the arrival of two male Huacaya alpacas. Then, situated just south of Wabash, we wanted to do something environmentally friendly with our land. Our journey began in the summer of 2007 when we were introduced to the alpaca lifestyle and began visiting farms, attending seminars, and doing extensive research on these earth friendly animals. To date, we have added two females, another male, and have had two crias born on our farm.

In August of 2014, we uprooted our farm and relocated to Huntington, IN. This location provides much more pasture land and larger living quarters for our herd. In the near future we will also be adding a farm store to sell alpaca related products. Situated at the intersection of US24 and SR9, we are conveniently located for visitors. We were able to keep our farm name, Hidden Acres, as we are tucked back in a wooded area just off the two main highways.

Alpacas, cousins to the llama, are native to the Andean Mountain range of South America, particularly Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. They were first imported into the United States in 1984. Current estimates total over 100,000 registered alpacas with the Alpaca Registry, Inc. (ARI). In 1986 there were a total of 608 new registrations and 16,479 in 2011. The Alpaca Owners and Breeders Assoc. (AOBA) is the backbone of the alpaca industry.

There are two types of alpacas in the U.S., Huacaya (wa-KI-ah) and Suri (SOO-ree). Huacayas, the more common type, account for about 90% of all alpacas and have fluffy, crimped fleece that gives the animals a teddy bear-like appearance. Suris grow silky, lustrous fleece that drapes gracefully in pencil-locks. Adult alpacas stand approximately 36 inches at the withers and generally weigh between 150-200 pounds. They do not have horns, hooves, claws or incisors. Alpacas are alert, intelligent, curious, and predictable. They are social animals that seek companionship and communicate most commonly by softly humming. With padded feet they leave even delicate terrain undamaged, eating only the tops off the grass so they don't disturb the roots.

Alpacas are sheared once a year and produce four to ten pounds of luxurious fiber. Because of it's soft texture, alpaca fiber is compared to cashmere. Alpaca is determined to be warmer than wool yet a third of the weight. It comes in 22 natural colors and can be dyed to any desired shade. Containing no lanolin, alpaca fiber is also naturally hypoallergenic.

Our goal is to maintain a small herd so we can concentrate on raising quality animals through planned breedings. Donating a portion of our fiber each year to the Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America, Inc. (AFCNA) and marketing alpaca products gives us satisfaction in knowing that we are helping to grow the industry in the United States.

Thank you for visiting our site. Please feel free to contact us for a tour of our farm and to meet these amazing animals.

Welcome!

We're glad you found our place! Please visit often as we just moved our farm to Huntington,IN (about 20 miles northeast of our previous location in Wabash). It's been a busy time, but full of rewards. Coming soon we will feature our alpaca sales list, a store with lovely alpaca products for sale, and "maybe" even a blog so we can share our 'alpaca lifestyle' with you!