Who Needs a Groundhog?
Spring must be on its way: The ducks have started laying eggs again! Spring means we'll soon be up to our ankles in chicks. We'll be getting more ducklings, laying and meat chickens. It also means we're coming up on show, shearing, and sorting season.
As such, after March 22 the Farm Store will be open by appointment only. Feel free to call either to visit the store or check out the animals. Groups interested in visiting our farm are always welcome.
Never too Early to Plan for Shearing
It's bitter cold now, but before you know it, it will be May again, and shearers will be booked.
Tom is happy to shear smaller herds (20 and under). And if the job seems too big for us, we will recommend someone with whom we have had good experiences. Becky got to work with a lot of shearers last spring as the Fiber Frauen did their live fleece sorting. Our shearing services include teth and nail trimming and fiber collection for maximum harvest.
Our schedule fills up quickly, so call us today.
I am very excited to announce that I am officially a Certified Sorter of Huacaya and Suri fiber. I passed the written and practical portions of the tests. I can now sort without sending in samples to be checked by another sorter. Anyone interested in having their fiber graded and sorted can contact me. Sorted fiber results in more consistent, smoother and higher quality products. We'll be doing sorting demonstrations at the Minesota Alpaca Expo and the Wisconsin Alpaca and Fiber Fest in April.
Our Newest Member
Our farm-dog-in-training, Willow, has become a full-fledgedfarm dog. Not quite as docile as she was when she first came, she now tries to herd the alpacas and Becky and sometimes, visitors. Not so succcessful herding the boys but she tries.
We have added another camelid to our herd. Many of you may have met him at Farm Days last year. Grey Ghost is a 7 year old llama Karly purchased from our friend, Barb Parsons from Animal Acres. He's gelded so he hangs out with the girls and keeps watch over them and the chickens.
We'd also like to bid a fond farwell to one of our older boys, Waywood Cordillero (Cordy). He just couldn't deal with the extreme cold any longer and died in his sleep on 2-15-14.
Rest in peace Cordy. He's pictured here trying to get the greener grass on the other side of the fence.
If you’re counting, that’s 33 alpacas, 1 llama, 50+ chickens, 10 ducks, 6 turkeys, 1 peacock, 1 angora rabbit, and 1 dog.