Category: Farm Life

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Rural Retreat Depot Christmas Bazaar

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Despite the unfavorable weather this morning it was a great day at the depot  bazaar.  Our thanks to the many shoppers supporting all the wonderful local vendors and the depot. If your out and about this weekend feel free to stop by this weekend to pick up a few more  Christmas gifts.


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Eggs in a basket.

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I’ve always been told to not put all your eggs in one basket but sometimes that’s what you have to do. Which reminds me, the girls have been working overtime and I have more eggs than I can possibly use. If you are local and want some give me a call.


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Farm Day

Last weekends farm day was a huge success, with over 50 people coming to visit the farm and learn about our wonderful animals. We thank those who came out to Cobb road and spent part of your busy weekend with us. We would also like to congratulate Jeanie from Rural Retreat for winning a pair of alpacas socks.


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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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Congratulations it is a boy

Gunston's first moments of life

Gunney sitting by his mother Willow shortly after his birth at Cobb Hill Alpacas.

We are excited here on the farm to announce the arrival of Willow’s first cria Gunston. He was born at 7:20 pm on September 12 and is our first male alpaca on the farm. Based on his prize-winning genetics we hope that Gunney will one day become our herdsire.


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Robbing from the Bee’s

Scott uncapping the honey frames prior to extraction

Scott uncapping the honey frames prior to extraction

With a cold front moving through this weekend it seemed like a good time to harvest this years honey production. Unfortunately, the honey production was down 70% this year due to the what I believe was the large amount of rain we received this summer. None the less with the help of my mentor Scott, I was able to harvest about 30 pounds of light golden honey. A small amount of this years harvest will be for sale Wednesday at the Rural Retreat Depot’s farmers market.


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Putting up the Hay

With fall quickly approaching and several good days of weather we were finally able to get our hay purchased, mowed, baled and put in the loft. We were also able to help our great friends at Brookdale and Mountain Home farms get their hay put up. All in all it was a great time, at least by me. wpid-IMAG0923.jpg


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A busy week here on the Hill

wpid-IMAG0912.jpgWith a little luck we were finally able to get a fence company here to finish up repairing all of the fence that was damaged during last year’s storms. With the fencing now repaired life for the alpacas and the farmers have become much better thanks to improved pasture rotation.