Below is a short video of the farm and family opportunities at Irish Ridge Alpacas. Enjoy!

Irish Ridge Alpacas is a family run farm since July 1st of 2003. Located in Cottage Grove, a small township outside Madison, WI, Irish Ridge creates harmony between Alpacas and humans. Donna and Clayton Smith are more than owners to the Alpaca community residing on their farm. Each of the animals is known by name and each one has a distinct personality. The bond between Alpacas and Owners give new meaning to family farm.

Donna and Clayton first laid eyes on these beautiful creatures at the first Great Midwest Alpaca Festival in Madison during April of 2003. Just as any good expectant parents would do, they spent the next few months preparing their facilities for the new arrivals and the beginning of what was to be a rewarding life experience.

Irish Ridge Alpacas is multi-pronged. The farm raises, breeds and sells alpacas periodically, when the time is right for both Owner and Alpaca. They also board alpacas as an extended part of their farm family. Another facet of their farm is the art using the generous alpaca fibers to craft handmade items such as socks, gloves, blankets and more. Each is a labor of love. The farm is open to tours by appointment only and various designated dates, as well as, classes teaching the various arts that include spinning and felting.

our Showstoppers
Meet The Alpacas
Introducing our extended family!
visitors guide
Farm Tours, Meet The Alpacas, Irish Ridge Alpacas Store, Spinning Classes, Enjoyment for Young & Old!
Farm Tour
Our farm tour is educational fun. Bring the family. Meet the alpacas and browse the shop. Tours of the farm consist of viewing the facilities that Clayton and Donna built for their Alpaca family and the processing of the fiber from shearing to spinning of yarns.
Alpaca Farm Store
Please visit our Irish Ridge Alpacas Farm Store at the end of your visit to the farm. Here you can see the end product of the beautiful fibers from the alpacas. There is a variety of lovely creations including, hats, gloves, socks, purses, shawls, rugs and more.
Farm Store Hours
The shop will be open beginning 11/15 EVERY weekend until Christmas from 10 – 4 PM or by appointment. The store is open during all farm tours and also by appointment. Support your local fiber producers for the holidays.
The Owners
Meet Clayton & Donna Smith
The loving caretakers of the alpaca residents at Irish Ridge Alpacas
Clayton Smith
"Never dreamed I would be in the Alpaca business. Donna came up with the idea 12 years ago. Now here I am and wouldn't be anywhere else..."
Donna Smith
"Growing up I always had chickens and pigs. I love animals, as I am sure you can see by our farm family..."
Activities For Everyone
Events & Schedules

About Our Events




See flyer above for details on holiday shopping hours and the Rag Rug Making Class.

Rag rug making class in Arena on Dec. 6 for a limited number. Call Irish Ridge Alpacas for information and to register.


Main (608) 839-5379
Donna (608) 206-7127
Clayton (608) 444-4067
2727 S Coffeytown Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
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