Category: Alpacas

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Becket and and his boys

IMAG1884With the fog quickly lifting and the sun’s warm golden rays peeking over the trees Becket and his new friends soak up the sun as their day begins this morning.

As for Kim and I, we are headed out to the Rural Retreat Farmer’s Market at the Depot for the last market of the season. If you are in the neighborhood feel free to stop by and say hello.


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Where did the summer go…

With the Labor Day holiday now just a memory, I wonder where has the summer gone. Looking back I realize just how much has happen in just a few short months. Since May, four crias have been born on the farm; one male Forrest and three females Echo, Anne and Scarlett. They have grown so much since May, Forrest who was born on May 21st now weighs in at 70 pounds while Scarlett our little girl is nearly 40 pounds each tripling their birth weight over the summer.

In July, we began selling at both the Rural Retreat and Independence farmer’s markets. Additionally, we completed the construction of our farm store and now operate it daily from 4-8 pm. Inside you can see Kim’s complete line of handmade alpaca hats, scarves, gloves and other unique items.  Tom has also stocked the shelves with some of his local honey, wooden bowls, and custom triangle weaving looms.

In August, we hosted a number of farm visits and put up nearly 200 bales of hay in preparation for the coming winter.  Mary Todd returned to our farm after a short vacation to Dreamland Alpacas.  As we anticipate the arrival of this years fifth cria in October,  Ms. Libby really began to show signs of her pregnancy in both size and demeanor.

With September’s arrival, we have begun weaning our cria, continued harvesting the last of this years honey flow and monitor our bees health as their winter begins much earlier.

 


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Just one more bite

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I now understand why my chicken feed bill has more than doubled in the last few months. After chasing Ms. Willow out of the coop and closing the door she still managed to stick her head through the chicken’s door to get another bite.


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Final Road Trip of 2013

imageWith Mary Todd and Libby loaded into the trailer we headed down to our friends at Dreamland Alpacas for our final breedings of 2013. If all goes well by next fall we should have 16 alpacas grazing the pastures.


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A foggy start to the second day of our farm day

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Gunneys first day on the big girls pasture

Gunney enjoying a little nap in the afternoon.

Gunney enjoying a little nap in the afternoon.

After keeping willow and Gunney in the barn yard for a couple of days we let him out into the girls pasture to meet the rest of the herd. They all seemed to be excited to meet him, especially Ms. Mary Todd who kept close tabs on him if he strayed to far from his mother.


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Rural Retreat Depot Farmer’s Market

We had a great time at the farmer’s market today and look forward to the rest of the season.

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Isabelle

Breeding season is well underway here on the farm as Isabelle was taken to Back Country Alpacas in Pearisburg, Virginia. We are breeding four of our girls this year and are excited about growing our herd next spring to 14.

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Dreamland Alpaca Shearing

Had a good time today helping my friends to the south at Dreamland Alpacas
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Shearing time is just around the corner

Temperatures are getting warmer, the grass is growing and the stalls have all been cleaned. The shearing checklist is complete all we need now is sunshine Thursday. If anyone would like to stop by the farm to witness the complete transformation of alpacas from large fluffy animals to stick figures give us a call for more details.

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