Welcome to Carolina Alpaca Breeders and Owners


Landmark Farm Alpacas


CABO was formed in 2004 as a resource for alpaca owners, many of whom embodied the small family farm.  First imported to the US in the early 1990’s, by 2004 alpacas were more common when a handful of farms came together to share experiences and needs.

CABO played a vital role in the advancement of the alpaca community by promoting activities ranging from alpaca health care, offering educational events, producing shows and exhibits and organizing cooperative efforts to purchase supplies and services.  Undoubtedly, these activities remain a core purpose of CABO.  As alpaca farming and ranching is becoming more widespread, CABO is increasingly focused on finding ways of growing and sustaining the productivity of our alpaca farms and their allied products and agritourism activities.

CABO intends to continue to shape the future by helping members bolster the success of their business models, intensifying marketing and outreach opportunities and building economic partnerships with commercial and burgeoning cottage industries.
We represent an inspiring variety and diversity of large and small farms.  CABO folks are a fascinating, informative, friendly bunch — actual comments we hear again and again from our visitors!  Our members enjoy sharing their individual histories and talking about their alpaca adventures.  Join us where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about alpaca history and ancestry, their ability to thrive with basic good care and their distinctive traits at a farm near you…

With genuine Carolina hospitality, we welcome you..

News & Events

Learn to Skirt Your Fleece for Show and Mill

Fleece Preparation

Char Johnson will be training individuals to skirt their fleeces for show and for sending to the mill at various Alpaca farms throughout the two states. CABO Members will have a reduced fee. Non members are welcome to attend but reservations must be made as the class will be limited.

New dates will be announced soon. If you are interested in hosting this event at your farm, contact Char at 614-565-0677 for more details.

This can be in time for you to get your fleece ready to sell at the CABO store during the CABO store events throughout the year. Take advantage of the education opportunity as a member of CABO.

CAC Show

Carolina Alpaca Celebration

February 16, 17, 2019

Next Show Committee Meeting at Noon on November 17, 2018 at the Spartanburg County Library, 181 School Street, Cowpens, SC 29323

Future Meeting Dates: 12/15, 1/12, 1/26

 Contact Tom Wilson to become involved

Thanks Again for your Support and your Commitment!!!!


Get On board to Sell your Products!!!

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Alpaca Marketplace

Let’s make the CABO Alpaca Marketplace a

Success at CAC!!!!!

Let’s support the Alpaca Marketplace at the CAC Market Place event Eebruary 16, 17, 2019.    You can get more details about the event through Carolina Alpaca Breeders and Owners website.

Members:  Bring your fleece and other items for the Alpaca Marketplace with your inventory sheet to Char Johnson to sell items throughout the upcoming CAC show in February, 2019. Then contact her to participate  during the CAC  show at the Cabarrus Event Center in Concord, NC.

CABO opened the Alpaca Marketplace at the Southern Alpaca Celebration last February. As one of the benefits of membership, farm members may contribute their products to sell through the Alpaca Marketplace, which is managed by the CABO board and staffed by CABO volunteers. This  past year, 10 member-farms contributed a wide range of products including felted soaps, alpaca yarns, roving, fleece, alpaca clothing, baskets and stuffed animals.  The diversity of products helped to make this  past year’s sales one of the best. Each item carries two sale tags, preferably the kind with the separation including farm name, price and item detail, and an inventory sheet.  Contact Char Johnson  at 614-565-0677 for more details and getting the items to them for the upcoming events as well as volunteering to work at the events.

There is a 10% charge to help defray the booth costs which will be deducted from the sale of the items sold.  Volunteers are needed  to help in the booth.