Alpaca industry leader visits Mount Sidney farm

Published: Jun. 16, 2017 at 11:46 PM EDT
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A Mount Sidney alpaca farm received a special visit on Friday from a top name in the industry.

Dave and Teri Grembi have owned their own farm for 20 years.

Three years ago, they started raising alpacas

"We're starting to see some revenue on the products," said Grembi, one of the co-owners of Point of View Alpaca Farm. "They make wonderful products, hats and gloves and sweaters and scarves, socks and various clothing."

But according to the Grembi's, it takes a lot of work to keep the operation running smoothly.

"You got to be here with them everyday or have somebody here with them everyday," Grembi said.

Their success brought out Executive Director of the Alpaca Owners Association Bud Synhorst during a trip to Virginia this weekend.

"To be out on the farm, meeting with our farmers, learning about their business, the things that they do and how we can figure out how we can help them," Synhorst said.

According to Synhorst, there's more than 7,000 alpaca farms nationwide — with about 50 to 100 in the Commonwealth.

"We're seeing more and more interest and demand getting into the business," Synhorst said. "So I feel like we're in a good position."

Grembi and his wife said raising alpacas is something they believe will spread in the Valley.

"The Valley has some of the richest farm land and agriculture land in the country," said Grembi. "So I think it's a tremendous opportunity for people live up and down the Shenandoah Valley."

In addition to alpacas, the Grembis also grow lavender on their 25-acre farm.

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