I had the pleasure of covering the first-ever Southeastern Indiana Llama and Alpaca Conference. It’s always a treat to go to an inaugural event.

This was one was a standout success. Around 50 people showed up to learn about llamas and alpacas. From 4-Hers to seasoned farmers, southern Indiana truly showed up to learn about the animals.

The event was held at the local fairgrounds, and several llamas and alpacas hung out in the barns while the people attended educational workshops. I snuck out of the seminar to hang out with them, and it made my day.

Big eyes, long eyelashes, fluffy coats — these animals are gorgeous. And pretty smart, too.

I love the people involved in Indiana agriculture. But the animals never fail to impress me, either.

Want to learn more about the llama scene in Indiana? Check out the Hoosier Llama and Alpaca Association at www.hlaa.us.

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 193, or equinlan@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.

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