magermtnLITTLE VALLEY — Alpaca farming continues to be one of the fastest growing agribusinesses, with new farms popping up all over Western New York.

Mager Mountain Alpacas in Little Valley will open the barn doors Sept. 28–29, 2013, to show visitors what make alpacas so attractive to raise. Owners Paul and Sue Mager have participated in National Alpaca Farm days for over 10 years.

“The alpaca industry has matured considerably over the decade,” explained Paul, “to where visitors ask less questions about what they are and more about how to raise them. We’ve learned a lot too, so we can now teach people how to handle the animals so they are more people friendly making them easier to raise and more enjoyable to visitors.”

Sue Mager explains how her gift shop has grown as people learn about the extraordinary characteristics that sets alpaca fiber apart from the rest.

“Our customers recognize alpaca as a luxury fiber that is warmer than wool and softer than cashmere,” said Sue. “When people touch our products they always say ‘Oh, this is so soft,’ which is why we named our farm store The So Soft Gift Shop.”

Open house runs both days from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Visitors are welcome to see the new alpaca babies, called crias, in many different colors and browse the So Soft Gift Shop for the latest alpaca fashions from Peru as well as products made from the Mager’s animals.

Hand spinning demonstrations return this year with local fiber artists Amanda Grabowski and Annie Widger. Nancy and Greg Whelan of Amore Alpacas will bring back by popular demand the “alpaca kissing booth” so visitors get a chance to have their picture taken with an Alpaca.

Cathie Bridges, C.P.A. and Esther Conrad, E.A. from R.A. Mercer and Company P.C. will offer an informal tax seminar Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. They will explain the tax benefits and investment opportunities available with starting an alpaca business. The Magers report that Bridges is an expert on agri-business accounting and will explain the complicated tax code in easy to understand terms. Anyone who has ever considered raising alpacas should attend.

Paul and Sue are proud to introduce three more alpaca farms to the area and encourage people to visit their farms to see how easy it is to start small and hear their stories:

Van Dyke Alpaca Ranch, owned by Todd and Diane Vandyke, located at 5500 Howe Hill Road, Great Valley, NY  14741, 716-581-0724; Persia Catt Alpacas, owned by Jon and Crystal Wilder, located at 8403 Route 353, Gowanda, NY 14070; and County Line Alpacas, owned by Tim and Dana Pence, at 12946 West Main St., Randolph, NY  14772.

There will be drawings for prizes. Visit Mager Mountain Alpacas at 69 Mountain View Dr. in Little Valley. For more information, call (716) 938-9077 or email