Snowshoe Farm has LOTS of new alpaca yarn back from the mill and more yarn and roving on the way. Dyeing will start next week and we will be updating our online alpaca yarn store with new colors very soon.
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If you are a handspinner interested in raw alpaca fiber, please contact us for the best selection before we start sending this year’s fleeces to the mill.
Don’t forget that we also offer a selection of washed, picked and dyed alpaca fiber for felting. More colors coming soon!
Worsted weight alpaca/merino yarn, skeined and ready for dyeing.
The first weekend in April was the combined North American Alpaca Show and Northeast Alpaca Expo in MA. We’re very pleased with our 2 year old white male, Snowshoe Ammonoosuc, who took second place in both shows behind a spectacular male from Cas-Cad-Nac Farm.
Like his two brothers before him, Ammo has very fine and dense fiber with well defined crimp. He has excellent coverage on a large, well-proportioned frame. We anticipate Ammonoosuc will hold his fineness as he matures, just like his brothers, and become a significant contender in the show ring. Time will tell. For now, we couldn’t be more pleased with how Ammo is turning out and second place in these shows is a WIN!.
This year we will begin to use Ammo in our breeding program. He is available for a limited number of breedings at the low fee of $750. Click here for info and stats on Ammonoosuc.
One of the most rewarding parts of breeding and selling alpacas is seeing the impact of our breeding program on other farms and in the show ring. We were especially happy for our friends and clients who showed offspring of our male, Snowshoe Aristides, this spring. Tall Grass Raglan, owned by Tall Grass Farm, won the blue ribbon at the North American and second at the Northeast Expo. SFAF Aristides’ Amos, owned by Stonewall Fields Alpaca Farm, came in right behind Raglan, winning second and third at the two spring shows. You have to be familiar with alpaca shows to understand just how tough the competition is in these yearling white male classes!
Done! This is our last victim…er, alpaca…of the day and we are finished shearing our herd. Snowshoe Allegro, co-owned with Spirit Wind Farm, has the most lustrous fleece I’ve ever seen. I wish I had been able to get a better photo. I’ll give it another try when I skirt his fleece. We are very pleased with the fleeces from last year’s crias and can’t wait to see how they grow back over the summer.
Shearing went very well due to our experienced team, including Kathy and Tracey from Foggy Bottom Ranch and Jane from Berry Hill Farm. Many, many thanks for your help!
Now, my job to get these fleeces skirted and off to the mill as soon as possible. That’s always easier said than done. I’m fussy about skirting and I spend too much time on each fleece. But the results are worth it; the folks at Sallie’s Fen Fibers do a wonderful job spinning Vermont-grown alpaca yarn for Snowshoe Farm!
Attention handspinners: we’re getting ready to send alpaca fiber to the mill to be processed into roving. We’ve been busy washing and dyeing fiber and now have a nice selection of natural and hand dyed colors. These will be blended to make several different batches of multi-colored 100% alpaca roving. We’ll let you know as soon as the roving comes back from Sallie’s Fen Fibers.
Our roving will be for sale on our website along with our alpaca yarn and alpaca felting fiber.
While many alpaca breeders in the US are on their way home from our national alpaca show, some of us chose not to risk a drive to Indiana in March. This may have been a mild winter, but the chance of running into bad weather on that trip was certainly a deterrent for us.
We are looking forward to our first alpaca shows of the season starting on April 1. The North American Alpaca Show and the Northeast Alpaca Expo will both happen at the Eastern States Exhibition in Springfield, MA. Our show string this spring includes one two year old male, Snowshoe Ammonoosuc. Ammo is a full brother to our multi-champion male, Snowshoe Aristides. Now that he is two, it’s time for Ammo to begin his breeding career and take a spin in the show ring. We think he’s looking pretty good – a lot like his big brother!
We are also taking three juvies to the shows, one male and two females. Snowshoe Allegro is a white male with a lot of potential who is co-owned with our friends at Spirit Wind Farm. The two females we are showing are Snowshoe Sweet Cicely, who is from one of our strongest production lines, and Snowshoe Haiku, one of only a few offspring of Snowshoe Pharaoh, a fawn male with very fine fiber that has been underutilized in our breeding program.
We always look forward to this show weekend, as it marks the end of winter and the beginning of our busy season of showing, shearing, breeding and birthing. We’re ready!
Snowshoe Sweet Cicely
Snowshoe FancyPants is a daughter of two champion alpacas. She gave birth to her first cria last year, a beautiful beige female we named Snowshoe Haiku. FancyPants is an excellent mother. She is an easy keeper and breeder. Her fiber is fine with good character and a soft handle.
We’re very pleased with her cria and will very likely rebreed her to the same male, Snowshoe Pharoah.
Now that her cria has been weaned, we are offering FancyPants at the sale price of $4000 for a limited time. This price is good until May 1. It includes a free breeding for either FancyPants or another of your females.
You can view FancyPants’ Open Herd listing here.
Contact us for more information about FancyPants.
We knew we had another winner when this male was born three years ago. Snowshoe Ammonoosuc is growing up to be the spitting image of his big brothers, Snowshoe Aristides and Snowshoe Astraios. Both brothers are champions sporting beautiful fiber with lasting fineness. Now, at almost three years old, Ammonoosuc will take center stage in our breeding program. Check our Open Herd listing to read more about Ammonoosuc.
To put the spotlight on Ammoonoosuc, we are offering a limited number of breedings for the low fee of $750. Contact us now for information on reserving a breeding to Ammonoosuc (or any other Snowshoe Farm herdsire) for 2016.
We have faith enough in this young male that we will be bringing him to the spring shows. Stop by and see him at the North American and Northeast alpaca shows in Springfield, MA.
Snowshoe Aristides, enjoying the setting sun on a crisp fall day in Vermont, while keeping watch over the female alpacas.
Congratulations and thank you to Lynn Edens of Little Creek Farm, the new owner of Snowshoe Aristides!
We are proud to announce that our multi-champion herdsire, Snowshoe Aristides, will join the breeding herd at Little Creek Farm in North Salem, NY. Little Creek Farm, home of Accoyo America East, features elite huayaca alpacas with fine, uniform fleeces. Aristides, at 7 years of age, still boasts a fine and crimpy fleece with a long staple. We’re thrilled that Aristides will be going to a new home where his exceptional fleece traits will be valued and utilized in a superior breeding program. We look forward to seeing his future offspring in the show ring!
Aristides will be heading to New York this month in time to catch a few late fall breeding dates.
We will miss our gentle giant!
You heard it here first! We are offering our multi-champion herdsire, Snowshoe Aristides, for sale at the Showtacular Pen Sale in Syracuse, NY on Oct 23-25.
We are so proud of Aristides. At seven years of age, his presence, his fiber and his temperament are still as impressive as ever. This is a male who is doing an excellent job of improving upon the females to whom he is bred. So much so that the majority of our foundation females are his daughters – or are related to him through his maternal line. Aristides’ dam, Hannah’s Julie, was the first cria born on our farm and still the best producer we have ever had in our breeding program. We have several of Julie’s daughters and their daughters.
Aristides’ record in the show ring speaks volumes: five times Color Champion, five time reserve Color Champion in very competitive halter shows. At five years of age, Aristides won one Color Champion, one Reserve Color Champion, two Judges’ Choice and one Spirit of the Industry award in fleece shows.
Aristides’ fleece from this spring’s shearing is to die for: 21.3 microns with a CV of 17.3 and only 1.5 over 30! And he still has a nice long staple.
Maybe the best thing about Aristides is his personality. Anyone who observed him in the show ring will recall a large male with a calm and imposing presence. He is still imposing, but he has always been easy to handle and gets along with the other males in the barn. He is also an eager and adept breeder. Ron uses Aristides for behavior testing no matter who is doing the breeding. He is dependable, discerning and easily managed.
We can no longer put Aristides to full use in our breeding program, so it’s time to diversify our genetics. This is a fantastic opportunity for one serious breeder (or several breeders) to purchase an all around outstanding male.
It’s difficult to believe that autumn begins in a couple days! The summer has flown by and the weather in recent weeks has been so warm that it has not prompted thoughts of fall.
This morning, however, we woke to a temp of 34, a brisk reminder that the season is changing – and fast! The light is different and the trees are turning color. And at Snowshoe Farm we are busy dyeing yarn and preparing for fall fiber festivals. This year you can find us at the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival on Oct 3 & 4 and at the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival on Oct 17 & 18.
We will have a beautiful selection of alpaca yarns in natural and hand dyed colors. We’ll also have natural and dyed alpaca fiber for felting. The felting fiber will be washed and picked and ready for you to card or otherwise work into a felting project. Later this week we will sort through our best fleeces and skirt a few for the Fleece Show & Sale at Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival. And, as usual, we will offer patterns, needles and hooks and Greener Shades dyes.
Our online store is currently offline and will be until fiber festivals are over and we’ve updated our inventory in late October.
And if fiber festivals aren’t enough to keep us busy, we’re looking forward to participating in the EAA & NEAOBA Fall Showtacular in Syracuse, NY. This event includes two alpacas shows over the course of one long weekend. The buzz is that alpaca owners are very excited about this show We’re looking forward to the competition and to seeing many alpaca friends at the show!