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 25th and 26th. In addition to alpacas and judging (our boy, Zimmy, will be struttin' his stuff in the show ring), there will be over 40 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 made by each of the vendors. 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- http://wisconsinalpacafiberfest.com
Our Farm Store will close for the season on April 18th. 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 May 2nd and 3rd 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!
The bunnies got their haricuts after their appearance as Easter Bunnies at Laurie & Fred Malchow's family reunion.
Our border collie puppy, Penny, turned a year 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 with have some new duckings to share their space.
Our Newest Members
Magic Willows is always welcoming new faces. Lotus Blossom's boy, Bohdi (born 9/29/14) and Makena's not-so-little girl, Autumn Blast (born 10/3/14) are our newest additions. A new llama will be coming soo, thanks to BArb Parsons of Animal Acres. Nuttin' But Trouble was here for Farm Days last year and will be returning permanently soon. Still haven't gotten photos of Bohdi and Autumn- Soon, I hope.
(Photos of Bodhi and Autumn to come)
If you’re counting, that’s 36 alpacas, 40+ chickens, 9 ducks, 1 peacock, 2 angora rabbits, and 1 dog.