Srping is here- at least that's what the calendar says.
Spring is here. The ducks have started laying eggs again! Spring also means we've got new chicks and duckling. We'll be getting more meat chickens in mid-July so they will be ready at the end of August. 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
With Spring comes alpaca shearing season.
Tom is happy to shear smaller herds (20 and under) of alpacas and llamas. 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 teeth and nail trimming and fiber collection for maximum harvest.
Our schedule fills up quickly, so call us today.
Shearing Day at Magic Willows
We will be shearing our herd on May 3 & 4th here at the farm. Anybody interested in watching this process is welcome to come over anytime. Wear old clothes and you might just be "volunteered" to lend a hand.
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've done sorting demonstrations at the Minesota Alpaca Expo and the Wisconsin Alpaca and Fiber Fest in April.
Our Newest Member
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Willow. She was hit by a car one night in March.
She was only with us a short time but will forever be in our hearts.
We have recently gotten a new puppy, Penny. She is a border collie and will be training to take her place as 'farm dog'.
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.