Local alpaca farmer is a breed apart

WENDY PIERRO/Acorn Newspapers FRIENDLY NUZZLE—Cindy Harris shares company with about 400 alpacas at Windy Hill ranch in Somis.

Like most alpaca ranchers in the U.S., Cindy Harris knew little about the exotic pack animal. But lack of experience didn’t stop her from turning her passion for alpacas into a full-time occupation.

Harris was introduced to alpacas about 10 years ago. The 57year-old elementary school teacher now owns and operates the largest alpaca farm in Cal...

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