We are thrilled to announce that Cas-Cad-Nac Farm has officially been awarded the Huacaya Reserve Breeder of the Year award from the 2013 Futurity Alpaca Show in the Large Farm Division! We have always felt that quality and consistency over time are the hallmarks of any serious breeding program and we take great pride in . . . → Read More: Big news from the 2013 Futurity!
It’s all good in the end: CCNF La Vie en Rose and her new little girl share a quiet moment last night.
We had our first cria of 2013 born on Tuesday morning, though not without some drama. Oh no, wouldn’t want the first birth in almost 6 months to be routine and easy. . . . → Read More: Welcome little one…
Front to back: Emirata, Fortuna, Dalliance, and Kolanatra hold forth this afternoon in one of the paddocks off of the CCNF Main Barn.
It got a little bit whiney around here the other day. With shearing completed early last week, it was finally time to wean the last 12 crias (8 males, 4 females) . . . → Read More: Final weaning
As of right now, the entire south side of the CCNF Arena, which normally houses 100+ animals during the colder months of the year, is completely empty! Jen and Kim spent this morning assembling two large groups of females from that barn which sits atop the farm here. The feed groups’ mission: to rotationally . . . → Read More: The running of the alpacas!
Our group of shorn juvenile females enjoys some green grass on late Sunday afternoon.
Mother Nature was toying with us yesterday on our last scheduled shearing day of 2013. I got back from dropping the boys off at school and pulled into the Arena’s parking lot here at the farm only to see snow . . . → Read More: They’re sexy and they know it
The apple blossoms in the old orchard below our house are starting to do their thing!
It finally *%$#*# rained! Whether you grow vegetables for a living like our farmer friends Kathy Bennett (also our boys’ live saving dyslexia tutor) and her husband Alex MacLennan down the road, milk cows, make hay, or raise . . . → Read More: And on the 8th day of May…
The fleece room at the CCNF Arena yesterday evening after the action. Each blanket was roughly skirted and then rolled up in brown paper for later processing and/or further skirting for show.
We just got through the first 2 of 3 days of shearing here. All told, we sheared some 140+ animals Wednesday and . . . → Read More: Shearing scenes
The Crib Notes Version
It must be an alpaca road trip! Sam pushes our dolly towards the hotel elevator on Wednesday morning, 4/17 with some 150+ lb. of water jugs. His relative good cheer given that this was taken at 5:30 AM was most likely because of the fact that we were on our . . . → Read More: An Alpaca Show Odyssey
There is considerable history for us with the North American Alpaca Show, the vast majority of it good. For starters, having helped to run the show itself throughout its first 10 years of existence, it has managed to ingrain/ingratiate itself into our little family’s annual rhythm. In fact as I was coming to around 5:15 . . . → Read More: North American show recap
You know having just written that headline, there are just so many things one could read into it. Does realizing that make me a bad person?
Leaving that existential question aside though, the whole purpose of this post was to announce that we will be offering a special promotion on the stud . . . → Read More: Breeding special at the NAAS!