Friday, May 30, 2014

Shearing is done!

OOPs, I haven't been very active with my pages so far.
We just finished shearing 70 alpacas total yesterday and today. It went well had great help and of course super shearing done by Bob Morrison and his helper Oliver. We always enjoy having them here, they always put the alpaca first treating them with great care.
Alot of good fleece and now my turn to get busy and decide what gets processed, sold, entries for fleece shows etc.
Samples will be sent to Yocum-McColl for analysis. It's always interesting to get results back and see if there has been improvement in fleece.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Francis and I want to wish all of our friends and customers a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Holiday Season

Gosh hardly seems possible that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is around the corner!Dare I say 3 weeks and 3 days! We had a pretty good turnout for Cowboy Christmas event 2 weeks ago. Enjoy visiting with friends, family and public as they go through the craft fair.
Doing some rearranging of the "alpaca room" where all the totes are stored with product items, business items etc. We can finally walk through it.
We are suppose to have a storm and cold weather this week and dare I say I am looking forward to it.
I trade fleece for a lady to make items for me so she picked up more yesterday dwindling my stock in the fleece storage.
We need to draw blood for registrations and get ready to wean in Jan. Best put on my thinking cap for names, having the most trouble looking for one for our gray female.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Beautiful Fall

Hard to believe that it is almost November. We have had a beautiful fall, with alot of moisture already and modest temperatures. The alpacas are enjoying it also munching on some green grass yet. Francis has been busy putting compost on the pastures and numerous other tasks. We've been doing some hand cleaning of cria fleece and I have been venturing into making felted snowmen and bear , first time so they are a little off but look pretty good. I got brave and dyed some yarn learned a few things and am using some to start weaving a purse. I love the colors and IT WILL BE COLORFUL!
Amazing the time you can come up with as an empty nester! HA!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ramping up for Farm Day

We've been busy getting ready for National Farm Day. Mowing, weeding and working on SPECIAL PRICING for NAFD sooo be sure and come out and check it out, 9/28, 10-4!

Come see the 2013 crias, just had one born 9/16 with one more to go any day.

Do some early Christmas shopping. See you soon!!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Fiber delivery

It's been a busy week- Dusty, our son, got home Monday from Seattle where he was visiting his brother and sisters, and then we took him over to Laramie Thursday to start college.
We made a mad dash Friday down to LaPorte, CO. and then home and skirted fleece. I took 55# of fleece to Denver this am to meet Jay from The Shepherd's Mill at the ABR fleece sortathon. I saw and visited with several vendors and back home. WHEW!

I hope to take fleece down in Nov. to Fall Fest for AFCNA. There really aren't enough hours in the day to get things done.

Monday, August 19, 2013

State Fair

State fair is over and the alpacas were a hit again. Everyone enjoyed seeing the alpacas especially the crias. We had a great week, sold lots of products and made new connections. Invited a lot of people to the Farm Day, September 28, 2013 and I hope they take the time to come see the rest of the herd. We go to visit with a lot of our friends and family making the week enjoyable. The youth alpaca show went well this year and the kids learned some tips from the judges.
Now its back to work and preparing for farm day!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Summer update

Seems like the summer has flown by! Crias have been arriving, irrigating and replanting pastures, spraying weeds, canning and the big event preparing for our son's going off to college. YEP we'll be empty nesters. A few adjustments I think .
State Fair starts in one week and we'll be setting up our booth next sunday. The alpaca show is Thursday, Aug. 15 starting at 9am so come on down and watch the kids with their alpacas. There is showmanship, obstacle, public relations and costume events.
Pray for cooler weather so the alpacas hold up well.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Shearing 5/31/13

Gosh hard to believe shearing is in juts 4 short days! Getting ready and hope the weather co-operates some. The alpacas are more than ready to get rid of their fleece and stay a bit cooler. Maybe this will start the crias coming- had some due 5/11!
Waiting to see how Sandollar and Liberty placed in the cottage fleece competition at AOBA Nationals. Quite pleased with the spin off results, Prarie Rose, 1st, Liberty, 5th and Sandollar, 4th. They did well.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Results GWAS

GWAS is said and done. Overall we did pretty well:
Halter classs- juveniles
North Platte TEKA- 4th
North Platte MistyMei- 6th
Artic's Warbonnet- 4th

Spin- Off
North Platte Prairie Rose- 1st
North Platte Sandollar- 2nd
North Platte Sweet Della- 2nd
Lady Liberty of Sleeping Giant- 2nd

Cottage Fleece
North Platte Sandollar- 1st
Lady Liberty of Sleeping Giant- 1st