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CCNF Wins 2017 Futurity Large Breeder of the Year!

There’s not a whole lot to add to that headline, right? Perhaps the only point I would make for the upteenth time since starting this blog and the newsletter of the same name which preceded it years ago, would be that like any plaudit from the alpaca show world, it is best to step back . . . → Read More: CCNF Wins 2017 Futurity Large Breeder of the Year!

Thank You!

CCNF Leviathan: now residing at Stillmeadow Farm in Stonington, CT!

Our deepest gratitude to everyone that both purchased and bid on our three lots this past weekend at the Parade of Champions auction! Our friends Pamela Brewster and Sylvie Romingol of Stillmeadow Farm Alpacas in Connecticut ended up being the winning bidders on CCNF . . . → Read More: Thank You!

CCNF at *THE* Showtacular!

So…about those show results from the combined Empire Alpaca Extravaganza and NEAOBA Fall Alpaca Show (hands down winner of the award for most utilitarian show name, BTW, perhaps a reaction to its previous incarnation when it was know as the Green Mountain Alpaca Fall Spectacular?), that together formed our new favorite show weekend, AKA, The . . . → Read More: CCNF at *THE* Showtacular!

The Showtacular shows an entire industry how it *should* be done.

It’s a little hard to remember exactly how we felt now a couple of weeks back at the dual show — the Empire Alpaca Extravaganza & NEAOBA Fall Alpaca Show — that was correctly billed as the Showtacular, held over the course of 3 days in Syracuse, NY. That would to a great degree be . . . → Read More: The Showtacular shows an entire industry how it *should* be done.

Picture, picture time – frozen tundra edition

Belle, Constellation, and Tipitina (hidden in the back) look upon Sam’s quad-copter with considerable wariness.

So one of the trickier aspects of putting animals into spring auctions is getting great promotional photos of them in the middle of the late winter or early spring. The choice for backdrop in northern New England this time . . . → Read More: Picture, picture time – frozen tundra edition

A sustainable way forward.

Interesting things have been afoot here at CCNF over the past month or so. In between snow storms, hauls to Ontario to deliver Norway-bound animals into the next stage of their journey, and what felt like an all too-short family vacation just after Christmas, we have been quietly scheming. In a good way.

It’s no . . . → Read More: A sustainable way forward.

Making the fleece rounds…

The temperatures in northern New England have been fairly rude for the past month. Amongst other things, it has meant that the sartorial choices of those of us that work the farm have tended to be long on comfort and short on style, though the cold has not been entirely devoid of redeeming qualities. Parasites . . . → Read More: Making the fleece rounds…

10 reasons to bid on CCNF’s females at the 2014 Priority auction this coming Saturday!

CCNF Fortuna

1. Fortuna, lot #54, is the daughter of our prepotent Herdsire, CCNF Royal Ring of Fire. The unique thing that many folks don’t tune into but which we have always known, is that key to the Ringo kids’ quality, is not just that he has Royal Rose and Hemingway in his pedigree . . . → Read More: 10 reasons to bid on CCNF’s females at the 2014 Priority auction this coming Saturday!


What a week it’s been here! On Monday we blitzed through a full blown version of herd health day (read: with toe nail trimming) in just 5 and a half hours. Even by our standards, that was pretty quick for 250 animals. Though as my better half pointed out, the due girls were all kind . . . → Read More: Rotation

Circular dreams

It’s always this time of year when we first start to think seriously about which juvenile animals out of the previous year’s birth class will take up roster spots on the spring show strings. We know it’s going to be a full one — we already have our usual row of pens reserved at the . . . → Read More: Circular dreams