ODESSA, Fla (WFLA) – Established in 2006, Golden Spirit Alpaca Ranch has been home to nearly 200 alpacas in the Keystone community.
“The Keystone community is a beautiful rural area as you can see when you drive through,” said Golden Spirit Alpaca rancher Brenda Crum.
Crum was born and raised in Iowa. Her father’s work in agriculture and animal husbandry taught her about life on a farm.
Years later, Crum moved to Florida and purchased several acres in Odessa.
“We decided to look at animals as a business, learning about alpaca. They have a sustainable product and we love the fact that we can get into that,” she said.
Golden Spirit Alpaca Ranch currently sells fiber, seeds, sells and raises alpacas as part of this relatively new industry.
“Cutting is the reason we have animals so we can get rid of their lint,” says Crum. “We chose this time of year to cut because of the heat. If the yarn really lengthens, it may become useless as it can become mushy. “
The ranch also aims to teach the community all about the fluffy animals, offering tours for small groups. Visitors learn about alpaca sheep, their behavior, and how they are cared for, fed and bred.
Registration is required if you wish to visit the Golden Spirit Alpaca Farm. You can also “adopt” an alpaca, which is a donation that helps pay for the care of the animal. Additional information can be found on the farm’s website.
https://www.wfla.com/news/pasco-county/learn-about-alpacas-at-this-tampa-bay-ranch/ Learn about alpacas at this Tampa Bay ranch