Spring is here!
The new chicks and duckings have been ordered. We are working on cleaning up the farm and planning new projects for this year.
We will have a vendor booth at the Wisconsin Alpaca and Fiber Fest which will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds April 23th and 24th. In addition to alpacas and judging, there will be over 50 vendors selling a variety of products for the natural fiber enthusiast- yarns, roving, felted items, knitted and woven products in addition to handmade soaps, lotions, fudge, jewelry, rugs and so much more. Fiber arts classes are also being held both days. Learn to weave a scarf, make felted flowers, dye yarn or sock blanks, knit and many other fiber arts from some fantastic fiber artists. There will also be a Silent Auction with donations from many of the vendors and farms. The proceeds from this auction will benefit both The Alpaca Research Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Veterinary School for a student who is studying camelid care. For more information, check out the website- wisconsinalpacafiberfest.com. We will be shearing at the show so come on outside and say hi and watch.
Our Farm Store will close for the season on April 16th. We will be available by appointment to satisfy your alpaca yarn craving or need for socks or gifts. Just call, text or e-mail and we'll let you know when you can stop by.
Shearing season will be starting soon! We start with our own herd on April 30 and May 1st then go on the road to shear for other small alpaca farms. If you'd like to come watch some alpacas get their annual haircuts, come on out. Be advised- we may just put you to work!
We lost one of our bunnies this year- Bunelope Garcia crossed over the Rainbow Bridge but Daisy and Kismet are still hopping along. Here is what they look like before and after thei haircuts.
Our border collie puppy, Penny, turned 2 year2 old in February. She passed her Basic Dog Training class and continues to learn how to herd the critters on the farm. She has learned to not chase the chickens but will gather them up when it's time to go to the coop at night. She's has also helped round up our boys when they made a break for the marsh- not sure who left their gate open (?)
The ducks have moved into their new "apartment" in the pole barn and soon and may have some new duckings to share their space. We're going to try hatching some eggs this year.
Our Newest Members
Magic Willows is always welcoming new faces. Our friend, Gordy from MBZ Alpacas brought down his Rosbud who surprised us with a cria on December 19th when it was 14 degrees outside so his name is either Rudy or Frosty (depending on who you ask); Casper whose a beautiful rose grey Suri boy and Alexander, our second Huacaya. Nuttin' But Trouble came this spring and is doing his PR job beautifully. He and the three amigos he shares a pasture with (Sebastion, Zimmy and Bohdi) marched in Hartford and Grafton Christmas parades.
Raymond, our peacock also got some new girlfriends this year- Thelma and Louise. They are still a little shy so no photos yet.
If you’re counting, that’s 45 alpacas, 1 llama, 50+ chickens, 19 ducks, 3 peacocks, 2 angora rabbits, 1 or 2 barn cats and 1 dog. (At least I think that's all) See the Farm Photos section of our website
Oh, I almost forgot Bowie- a little black kitten we found sitting on a log in the ditch near our farm- he's our upstairs kitty.