MANISTEE — Manistee residents Debbie Erdman and her husband had never met an alpaca until a fateful day when they attended a National Alpaca Farm Day advertised about seven years ago.
“We went to see what it was for the day, it sounded like fun,” Erdman said. “And by the time we left, we knew that when Greg retired — which would have been another two years or so from that day — that we were going to do this.”
The day after her husband retired, the couple opened up G&D Alpaca Farm to the public.
“We spent a couple years working with the animals first to get to know them and understand so we could share the neat things about them with the public, and the rest is history, I guess,” she said. “It was easy to jump on the bandwagon with alpaca.”
Saturday, the Erdmans held their first Alpaca Farm Day event. At the event, people could visit, meet the alpaca, see how wool can be used for making yarn and crafted for clothing and other materials.
“They are very docile,” she said, but conceded that alpaca will spit if upset. “They are soft, their eyes are huge and beautiful. They’re just therapeutic to sit down and watch. … And of course all the products …….