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To Norway, with love.

Amidst all of the craziness of the past month, one of the coolest things we got to do, was to host the Sjøli family of Alpacajoy of Norway here at the farm during the first week of April! Laila we had met for the first time briefly last year when she and her colleague, Rolf . . . → Read More: To Norway, with love.

The calm after the storm

It’s been more than 20 days since I last posted anything here on the farm blog. Twenty days that were busy and filled almost completely with good things, though there is undeniable relief in this family, that the craziness that the month of April always throws our way has passed yet again. I walked up . . . → Read More: The calm after the storm

Getting the band back together one last time.

Tessora, Capuchin, Sugar Plum, (Moonbeam’s arse), and Freedom Reign enjoying some time in the sunshine today at the CCNF Main Barn.

As of this past weekend, virtually all of the animals that are going to be a part of our spring show strings over the next month and a half were together in one . . . → Read More: Getting the band back together one last time.

Show selection in the time of frozen hands

While my enthusiasm for winter may wax and wane depending upon my mood and my recent sleep patterns, if it is going to be steadily cold as it has been for most of the past couple of weeks (it was solidly below zero here this morning), it is also nice to have snow on the . . . → Read More: Show selection in the time of frozen hands

Rounding into form

Though we have not been helped by the cold/flu/stomach-bug-to-be-named-later making its way through the ranks of the CCNF alpaca trainers, it is possible now with just over a week to go before we head down to Springfield, MA for this year’s edition of the North American Alpaca Show, to see the light at the end . . . → Read More: Rounding into form

Moving into launch position

With the the entire crew here lending a hand this past Monday, we made short work of herd health day. Though I had to take off around 2PM to fetch the kiddos from school, by the time I returned it was all done. Done! Though I can’t seem to put my finger on it exactly, . . . → Read More: Moving into launch position

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

Bid to win a Precocious breeding at the Green Mountain show!

MFI Peruvian Precocious

Some of you may know that Cas-Cad-Nac Farm has a long history with the Umass Amherst Camelid Studies Program. It’s founder, Dr. Stephen Purdy, was our one-man-badsass-truck-driving veterinarian way back when this whole alpaca thing started for Jen and I in 1997. There was many a late night call that Steve . . . → Read More: Bid to win a Precocious breeding at the Green Mountain show!

NAAS Recap Part #2: Debutantes and Wily Veterans

All together now: the winning CCNF/TGF Get of Sire entry for Snowmass Elite Legend featuring (left to right) CCNF Hyperion, CCNF Elixir, and TGF Snow Legend. The 8 members of the Lutz and Munro families were all very happy with the result but SO ready to sleep in their own beds again by the . . . → Read More: NAAS Recap Part #2: Debutantes and Wily Veterans

An underrated skill

Remember when you were in high school and your teachers and parents would get on you if you procrastinated on a big paper? OK, so perhaps you were so well organized as well as a goody-goody that that never actually happened to you, in which case good for you. Gold star on your forehead and . . . → Read More: An underrated skill