This is the kind of winter’s day we live for…sorta. It’s mild and sunny and the snow is perfect. But we know what comes next. Tonight’s forecast is for snow, then freezing rain, then rain. Things are gonna get ugly. So we take pics while things are lookin’ good.
Females alpacas enjoying [...]
The new year is barely underway and it’s already time to start registering for the spring alpaca shows. This year the AOBA National Conference will be held in Harrisburg, PA and that’s a lot closer to home than usual for nationals. So how can we NOT go to this show, even though we risk having [...]
You hear a lot about the equipment and supplies you need to have in order to properly care for your livestock. But it seems it’s often the little things – the simple things – that turn out to be the most-used and most-valued tools.
From day one of alpaca ownership, we have kept a 3-ring [...]
No, not that season – not yet!! But it’s always one season or another around here. For example:
It’s hay season! This time of year we are “on call” for hay. We don’t grow our own hay; we buy second cut hay from several local hay producers. It’s necessary to have a stretch of dry [...]
I’d venture to say that most alpaca breeders don’t shear their crias until the spring following the crias’ births. But those cria fleeces become messy very quickly as their fine, velcro-like tips attract hay and other debris. We’ve learned that we can get much cleaner and more valuable fleeces in the spring if we shear [...]
We sure hope so! This handsome little guy was born yesterday (July 7). He is full brother to our multi-champion male, Snowshoe Aristides, and he is looking at least as good as Ari looked at birth. The luster and crimp on this baby is breathtaking! I can’t get a pic that does justice to his [...]
This lovely white female alpaca was born at Snowshoe Farm on June 11. She weighed a bit over 13 lbs. Her gestation was a few days less than 11 months and she presented as just slightly premature. She was up and about and nursing from her mother within no time. All in all, a textbook [...]
Finally! We’ve been waiting for weeks for the first cria of the season to arrive. The first female due was Rosita, who usually goes at least week or two early. Not this year. She didn’t even go first; her daughter, Glinda, had the first cria of the year. Oddly enough, both babies were born late [...]
Now that we’re experiencing some milder days, it’s time to get out the camera and update our sale photos. This is also a good time to do a little lead training while getting better shots of individual alpacas. The other day we took Electra out for a little walk and got a nice pic of [...]
This time of year usually find us beginning to halter train last year’s crias, especially those we plan to show in the spring. Only one of the crias we are currently training will be shown in the upcoming season – Snowshoe Ginger. This 9 month old fawn female is a daughter of our Champion herdsire, [...]