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Hello! And welcome to our homepage :) A to Z Alpacas is a small family farm located in Southern Alberta, Canada. We own over 300 alpacas and have been building our herd since 1999!

I am Leslie Unruh, my daughter, Kayla and I live on the family farm with my dad, Rod Unruh. Kayla and I moved back home after my mom passed away. Being here wasn't planned but it sure did work out to be a dream life.

A to Z Alpacas is one of Canada's largest commercial alpaca farms. My parents (with a huge push from me) bought a herd of 20... some Canadian registered and some dual registered (Canadian and American), over a decade ago. They were all very average alpacas but when we started we didn't know anything.... except what we were told. We did everything by the book and registered all the cria, hand bred, dna tested and the whole bit... Until we literally ran out of cash and just simply couldn't afford to dna test and register. The hand breeding went out the window as soon as we hit 30 females to breed and we simplified the entire process by allowing a single herdsire to reside with a pen of females for the duration of breeding season. We have 3 or 4 pastures running from May 15- July 15. That way we have shortened up our cria time to just the summer and have way less problems with birthing. Our records are fairly minimal. Commercial alpaca farming is MUCH easier without all the paperwork. Each cria gets assigned a number the day they are born and an ear tag is put in before their first night. We don't bother worrying about anything except producing great fiber, and happy alpacas! Our entire focus became fiber.. and nothing else mattered really. I'm glad we made the change to commercial farming. Its been a rollercoaster ride for us but somehow we are still going :)

This year - a decade after losing mom, my brother (32 yr) took his own life while living here with us. It has been a HUGE blow to all of us. I apologize for my spotty absence this year as I tried to make sence of my new life. There were times when I thought I didn't want to be here on the farm anymore. But truth is I love it here, and even though its a place of pain its also comforting at the same time. I can't thank you enough for supporting us through this difficult time and helping us get through. 

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About our farm name:

When we first started with the alpacas we named each cria crop with a single letter starting with A and we have kept the fun tradition! Last year we had over 100 cria (baby alpacas) to name with the letter U!! That was really tough so we decided to combine the finall letters  U V W X Y and Z this year and start with A again next year. However I have to admit, now that we are so high in numbers we rely quite heavily on their ear tag numbers to make sure we keep them all straight. They are all unique and recognizable and up until we hit 200 i could point out and name each one. Much harder now to keep them all straight! 
Because we are A to Z Alpacas.. I like to have A to Z Sales where I offer numerous products for discounted prices and label them A, B, C, D and so on. I usually host these on Facebook. Watch for them! and Sign up for the Newsletter to get notifications via email of my A to Z Sales :)