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Coming To An End

img_1300After the brutal winter this past year and the inevitable aging of us we have decided to  bring our alpaca farm venture to a close.   We will be dispersing our herd and selling the farm.  I was blessed with the opportunity to raise and work with alpacas on a beautiful farm that I will sorely miss.  I came into this without any knowledge of alpacas and have learned so much. Alpacas are a unique livestock. I found them to be funny, quirky, non-aggressive, and individualistic.  They have taught me patience and persistence. I have enjoyed caring for them and would highly recommend them as an animal for children to work with.

Their  fleece is amazing and I’m excited to continue working with it and having the time in the future to create with it.

We will be selling all of the alpacas. I will be offering each animal for sale for $500.00.  I will not sell any of them individually if they are going to an alpacaless home. I strongly believe that alpacas need a “herd” of at least 2 animals to thrive and ideally 3 or more. If you have no alpacas and want to buy one of mine I will work with you to provide a companion suitable for that animal at a reduced price. I will also offer the whole herd as a package of 10 for $4000.00.  All of my animals are registered with ARI and represent some of the original bloodlines imported into the U.S.  Information about each animal will be updated and available under The Herd on the menu or visit our farm at the Suri Network by clicking on the link below.

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Our Farm will soon be for listed for sale. We have 27.5 acres of beautiful open rolling hay fields and pasture. There is a 30’ x 40’ steel pole barn with water and electric built in 2015.

There is a 15’ x 20’  utility shed with a metal roof.

The house is a 3-4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath 2 story home. The kitchen, flooring and bathrooms were all updated in 2014.

The finished walkout basement has a wet bar, family room, office, full bathroom and laundry room and the fourth nonstandard bedroom.

The master suite is on the main floor along with a powder room, the eat-in kitchen with a walk-in pantry, a mud room, living room and dining room.  Off of the kitchen is a door to the deck with stairs down to the patio below.

The upper level has 2 very spacious bedrooms and the 3rd full bath.  Once our home is listed on Realtor I will provide a link to the listing.

I have mixed feelings about leaving our dream behind. They range from sadness to excitement. Just as we were excited to begin our farm chapter we are excited to begin a new chapter. Travel especially in winter to more welcoming climates beckons.

It has been a privilege and honor to have had the opportunity to fulfill one of my dreams. Not many people are that fortunate.  I pray that the next keeper of our farm and animals will be as blessed.

Five Month Mark

JBear celebrated a five month birthday yesterday.  He is turning into quite the handsome little guy.  He has lustrous consistent locks from his ear tips to his tail tip.  He is always curious but still cautious.  Halter training has been limping along, my fault.  Hoping to step it up over the winter provided I won’t turn into a peep pop (human popsicle)!

Speaking of winter, another farm fur critter has commenced with his winter doldrums.  Linus has been moping about, sleeping lots and expressing shortness with his fur brother and sister.  I can’t say I blame him.  I find as I become more mature my feelings for winter become less mature.  “Noooo, why so soon!”  “I’m over it, how long till spring?”

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Aren’t I cute?
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Sleeping till spring. Do Not Disturb!

Alpaca Farm Day Open House

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The farm will be hosting an open house on Saturday September 29 from

10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Everyone is welcome!

Come and meet and learn about our unique Suri Alpacas and meet one very cute cria!

A local fiber artist will be demonstrating how to spin fiber into yarn

We will have an alpaca goods store with hats, gloves, socks and more available for purchase.

Plus  we will have local crafters selling their wares, including handmade wood burned signs, ceramics,  and crocheted items

*cash or check only*

Come spend a fall day in the country with the pacas!

 

RIP Miss Felicity 10/4/1999 – 2/15/18

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Felicity and Faith 9/28/2016

Today we sadly said good-bye to Miss Felicity.  At 19 she was still the queen of the “girls”.  She kept everyone in line and made sure she had first access to the best of the crumbles and hay.  She is survived here on our farm by her beautiful baby girl, Hannah’s Faith, another of her daughters Birdie and her granddaughter June Bug and her son Bo Jangles and his son Sting Ray.  She has left a strong legacy behind.  As I fed the “girls” tonight her presence was sorely missed.

A couple of days ago Felicity was struggling to get up and down and was moving very gingerly with her hind legs and having trouble maintaining her balance.  Today when the vet looked at her she felt that she may have broken a bone.  Perhaps she fell.  We won’t know.  The prognosis for an elderly alpaca suffering from a broken bone in her hindquarters is very poor.  Not expecting such a grim diagnosis I struggled with the right thing to do.  She has always been very stoic.  I did not want her to suffer anymore.  I was unhappy with the way she had been doing this winter.  She frequently, on our coldest days, would be shivering.  She took a long time to lay down probably due to stiffness or arthritis.  I was pretty sure this would be her last winter.  Prior to this happening I was thinking I would give her the summer and then before winter next year put her down.  Today our timeline jumped forward significantly.

Felicity thank you for your beautiful offspring and for managing the herd so well.  May you rest pain-free now.

Secret Night Time Visitor

We have a visitor who we never see during the day.  He/she makes a circuit around the house and then heads to the barn.  If we didn’t have snow we wouldn’t know they were here.  It’s only because they leave their tracks and pellets behind that we are aware of our visitor.  Based on the tracks our visitor is a rabbit.  Apparently said bunny also enjoys checking in on the alpacas or more likely searching for dropped kiblets hiding in the hay discards on the ground.

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Bunny tracks leading directly to the barn.
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Through the fence to the barn we go!

I took these photos on Tuesday morning.  The temperature was 17 degrees but sunny.  There were snow diamonds sparkling.  It was a sight to see.  Unfortunately it didn’t translate to the photos.  Today is overcast, drizzly, and 51.  The snow diamonds have melted leaving behind exposed brown grass and puddles.  Since, however, it is just the beginning of January I’m sure the snow shall return along with the bitter cold.

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Bo enjoying kiblets and the sun.
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Someone has an attitude!
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Lets all eat outside in the sunshine.
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Sharing doesn’t happen often.