I can often measure the hormonal maturation process of our yearling males anecdotally, just by looking out of my office window. In the spring, when those feed groups of young boys (we usually have at least 2 different ones) are still just approaching their respective 1st birthdays, there is of course the odd jostling here . . . → Read More: Lonely boys…
Snowmass Matrix Majesty and Delicate Lace conducting the final breeding of 2013 last Thursday afternoon.
With apologies to Ms. Swift, we call this meeting to adjournment. We’re done, we’re out. If you are a female alpaca on this farm that did not get bred yet as of late last week, well then no offense . . . → Read More: We are never ever getting back together again (until 2014 anyway).
As I write this on early Friday afternoon there is technically snow falling outside of my office window. Though I am an enthusiastic alpine skier, I can’t claim to be totally happy about this. I suspect my psychological state, at least this time of the year, consistently lags behind the local climactic reality by at . . . → Read More: Settling in…
Sweeping the Judges’ Choice awards at Empire. Left to right: Jennifer with CCNF Legionnaire, Judges Kevin O’Leary and Arturo Peña, and yours truly with my favorite new show pony, CCNF Prima Majesty.
Well that was interesting to say the least. We honestly didn’t head to the Empire show in Syracuse, NY last Friday thinking . . . → Read More: 2013 Empire Alpaca Extravaganza: the show seasons ends with a bang!
Maxy and I after sweeping the White Female Championship with Pachelbel (MFI Peruvian Precocious x CCNF Bellafina) and Daliance (Snowmass Sub-Zero x CCNF Flirtatious). It was a great way to end the weekend. Many thanks to Becky Hopps for taking and sharing this photo too!
So as readers of this blog know by now, . . . → Read More: THAT is what I call a good weekend!
Who’s training whom? Max and CCNF Legionnaire go for a walk around our patio this past Monday morning. This coming weekend will be Max’s first time in a regular halter class as a solo handler.
So here we are less than 48 hours away from loading up the trailer and heading not quite 100 . . . → Read More: Getting ready for Green Mountain
We’ve known Brett Wicker and his family for several years now and we were horrified to learn a few months back that a young man in the prime of his life — and just a great all-around human being — had been diagnosed with metastasized cancer. With the leadership of Brett’s good friends at Autumn . . . → Read More: Support the Wicker family and get a great breeding at the same time!
A female we love: Ascension (the dam of Elixir and Centurion) enjoys a quiet moment in the maternity pen at the CCNF Arena. Ascension, who is not in fact due until late December, will be moved into the Arena’s warm room once she gets to within a month or so of her due date.
. . . → Read More: The end is near
So this Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4, we will be participating in AOBA’s National Alpaca Farm Days. Truth be told, it’s not going to be a whole lot different from any other weekend here on the farm except for the fact that we will have donuts, coffee, and cookies out and will be . . . → Read More: Open Farm Days
While working in the Arena the other day, I had an auditory epiphany of sorts. Though we had been going for days (and some times weeks…when it wasn’t 90 degrees) at a time with all of the hanging fans up there turned off as the days and nights had turned cooler, there was a greater . . . → Read More: Beautiful Silence