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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Delaware State News Article


We were very honored to have the Delaware State News interview and write a very thorough and informative article about our farm. The reporter was very interested in the alpaca business so I think the questions asked were very well rounded. To read the article in its entirety go to:

http://delaware.newszap.com/centraldelaware/128198-70/raising-alpacas-for-fleeces-a-close-knit-experience

Monday, September 30, 2013

National Alpaca Farm Day a Wonderful Success!

Derrick holding newborn cria

Derrick holding newborn cria

Our National Alpaca Farm Day event was a wonderful success. We had lot's of fun. We got to see the alpacas up close. We had a cria born the day before the event and then just as we opened the gates, Sweet Grass went into labor, so families got a chance to see an alpaca being born. It was truly a special experience especially parents showing their children how a baby is born. How exciting!

John put Bonnie on a halter and let us feel how soft alpaca fleece is. Participants had the opportunity to give them snacks which they really love. We gave away luxurious alpaca socks for door prizes. We had hot dogs, chips and sodas. We took photos of participants with the alpacas and are sending them out via email. Our friend BJ showed off her spinning and knitting talents. Our alpaca gift shoppe was open and all the ladies loved the Ultimate Fuzzy Slippers and other products that are made with alpaca. We had our Special Pen Sale with several pending sales. All the kids played well together all day and each got a candy & free finger puppets to take home.

If you are interested in finding out how to get started in the alpaca farming business, please feel free in calling Jamie or John any time. We are on the farm every day to talk with you about the alpacas and show you how easy it is to raise them. Of all the livestock one could get into, apacas are relatively inexpensive to feed, easy to care for requiring less work than other livestock. They are a joy to raise. The sky is the limit with alpaca! You can take your business anywhere you want to go!


Sunday, May 19, 2013

B.B. King & J. Lo's Baby Boy

J.Lo and Black Jack

J.Lo and Black Jack

Wouldn't that make a great headline?!!! LOL! Well we expect six cria this year not counting the two we have from our boarders girls due in August. For me, the babies on the way I think is what excites me the most about alpaca ownership. I just love the babies!

Some of the babies are for our affordable starter herd ones, but others are our super champion genetic lines and I just love seeing the beautiful difference in the quality of the alpaca and their fleece. You can really tell the difference between the top champion lines and an average alpaca. The champion genetics confirmation in the cria and fleece characteristics is very noticeable from the very beginning. We have three cria coming this fall from an upscale farm that we bred our females to their super champions. Two we have bred to a 9 time champion and 12 time Get-of-Sire and one to an 11 time championship and 17 Blue Ribbon winner. It's true~ you do get what you pay for!

Black Jack is less than a month old and very playful. He has long eyelashes and is jet black just like his very handsome Sire. is Dam is a very nice female with beautiful light fawn fleece with good crimp. Both Sire and Dam come from very nice stock with a Get-of Sire grand sire in the lineage other famous heritages.

So we have a middle of the summer break until August. Until then we'll watch these little ones play at sunset...






(For this Blog I purposely did not name names because Openherd might publish my Blog if I do not advertise and sometimes that's nice).


Friday, May 10, 2013

The Aga Khan line continues...

Electra Khan 2 weeks old

Electra Khan 2 weeks old

Hello Alpaca Friends,

In anticipation of a cria due date for April 28th, well just a couple of days early is our little girl Electra Khan. She's a beautiful little Medium Fawn girl with a very nice little confirmation, perky ears, straight legs, a good weight just under 15lbs....

We have just recently purchased Electra's Dam Marathon's Asteria. The name Asteria is from the Greek "of the stars, starry one". We didn't purchase Asteria because her name is related to stars relating to our farm name Morning Star Alpaca Farm, but for her famous bloodlines. We actually were looking at several other alpacas on the seller's farm that day and once we had our hands on her and saw her certificate we just had to own her. And we are so happy we did. We know that Asteria is going to produce high-quality offspring when bred to championship herdsires. Of course we are hoping for all winners!

Asteria's grandfather is the 11-Time Champion, 5-Time Get-Of-Sire The Aga Khan who sold for $217,000. The Aga Khan line is the descendent from Shere Khan who is possibly the most famous herdsire in Peru who sired the Vendagor/Capac line. The Aga Khan has had multiple award winning offspring who continue his legacy of success. The Aga Khan's Sire is SPA Peruvian El Senor who sold for $165,000 in the 2006 Eastern Extreme Alpaca Auction. Also PPPeruvian Royal Fawn 6014 and 4Peruvian Legacy 6016 and PPeruvian Caligula G4572...What more can we say?

If you're in the area, please stop in to see Electra!
Electra rubbing on a tree 5-10-13

Electra rubbing on a tree 5-10-13

Electra's Birthday April 26, 2013

Electra's Birthday April 26, 2013


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Goin' to MAPACA!

Bonnie Blues is goin' to MAPACA

Bonnie Blues is goin' to MAPACA

As we get ready to go to MAPACA on April 25th we are going over in our minds everything we want to take and what we want to make sure we don't forget! We have registered, micro-chipped, sent in paperwork, called the vet to do CVI's and Brucellosis, made copies of the paperwork just in case...Then it's the alpacas themselves and what we need to take to make them comfortable and for ourselves...It's a long weekend and creature comforts are important.

Actually, I (Jamie) won't be able to go this year. We have one cria that is due on April 28th and at the same time my Mother has been in and out of the hospital. I need to be close by to handle things. John however will be going alone and I worry if he can handle everything by himself. We invited our farm hand Derrick, but it doesn't look like he's going to be able to go. I am going to miss all the fun! I love going to the shows and seeing the alpaca friends we've met and meeting new ones, learning more and more each time I go, and I love seeing all the alpaca stuff!

This year we are taking our Morning Star's Bonnie Blues from A.L. Paca's Blues Breaker a 10 x Champion (son of 10 x Get of Sire Simba). We are very excited to introduce Bonnie to the show system as she looks fabulous and you can just tell she is from high-quality stock. She's such a cutie too! Her pretty Medium Fawn color with dark eyes and muzzle to of course her long, crimpy, iridescent fleece you discover once parted is a lovely contender. We are really looking forward to seeing how she makes out in the ring. She was born July 7, 2012 so she is only a little over 9 months old. John has been working with her on the halter & lead. Her very mild disposition has made handling her very easy since day one.

We are also taking Morning Star's Eden, a very well-rounded, dense, crimpy Medium Brown maiden who will be three this June 2, 2013. Eden is from Royal Fawn, Hemingway, Snowmass Legend-Maker, Don Dinero...Eden is also very mild and gentle spirited; very well mannered and easy to handle.

Thanks so much for visiting! Wish us Luck at the show!

John, Jamie, Tyler, & Derrick
Cria Photo of Bonnie Blues

Cria Photo of Bonnie Blues

Eden

Eden


Friday, March 8, 2013

Surprise Baby

Surprise Baby

Surprise Baby

Well don't you know John went out to the barn last night about 5pm and lo and behold there's a little chocolate brown cria! Here he was all dry, up and nursing, alert and all those things you really want to see in a new cria. Now yesterday was cold and extremely windy so we felt bad for the little guy having to dry off in the cold like that. Good thing they were in the barn and we had closed the big end slider to keep the wind out, still it was cold. Even though I got the hair dryer and warmed him up, dipped his cord, weighed him at 14.8 lbs, took his temp and put his coat on, he was doing fine.

We knew the dam was bred, but we were figuring an April baby. I guess the first spit test was inaccurate as we re-bred again in April last year. So she must have taken the first time. I guess you just never always know and should be prepared early.

It was so exciting too because we had just sold this dam along with four others to a farm I'm setting up into the business. So I called them as soon as I could last night and the whole family with their son, two young grandsons, & great grandma all drove over to see their first newborn cria. Lot's of photos were taken and the boys are the perfect age for their new alpaca farming adventure. The boys are really interested and don't hesitate in jumping right in at feeding time when they come to visit us. Their farm will be ready in a couple of weeks so they will be going to their brand new 40' x 40' barn with 12' lean-to on the side our company built for them and plenty of pastureland to graze. They are the perfect alpaca owner candidates and we have really enjoyed assisting them in the process. One thing is for sure~you sure do meet lots of new people and make lot's of new friends in the alpaca business!
Peruvian Challenger & Shaquille line

Peruvian Challenger & Shaquille line


Monday, December 3, 2012

Welcome Home! Six back from upper New York breeding trip

Simba of A.L.Paca's

Simba of A.L.Paca's

We are so happy to have our six alpacas back from upper New York! On September 22, 2012 we took three of our foundation females along with three cria by their side up to A.L. Paca's Alpaca Farms to be bred with Simba of A.L. Paca's and A.L. Paca's Andromeda Galaxy (Andy). We brought the clan back home November 28th after their pregnancy confirmations were made.

We are really excited to have three of our females bred to such fine champion herdsires. Simba holds 9 championships and is a 12-time Get-of-Sire winner (so far). Simba is absolutely the most pre-potent male A.L. Paca's has ever used in their breeding program! Nearly each cria appears like they are clones with similiar correct conformations and truly beautiful, bright and well structured fleeces. We've bred our Long Meadow's Sweetgrass and Long Meadow's Sonyt to Simba and wait with high expectations for crias in the fall of 2013 around October.

We bred our Long Meadow's Sapphire to A.L. Paca's Andromeda Galaxy (Andy). Andy holds 11 championships and 17 Blue Ribbons. Andy is a son of Sheer Galaxy and it is said that Sheer Galaxy really poured a fleece onto this guy! It is fine, dense and heavy and has been called "rich" by those who have touched him. He is deep dark brown. His ears and muzzle are black indicating he has a black color recessive. Of course we can hardly wait for his progeny fall of 2013!

Last year we bred our Sonyt to A.L.Paca's Blues Breaker and now we have our MSAF Bonnie Blues to show for it. In fact, she looks so fabulous will be showing her spring of 2013. She has inherited the quality fleece from Blues Breaker and his sire Simba.



Simba's Fleece

Simba's Fleece

A.L. Paca's Andromeda Galaxy

A.L. Paca's Andromeda Galaxy

Andromeda's fleece

Andromeda's fleece


Monday, November 5, 2012

More pasture = more fencing!

John and I expanded our pastures...again! We are working on fencing in three more acres so the alpacas always have plenty of fresh green grasses to graze on.

No matter what, I think we allow our alpacas to graze too much! Some farms limit the pasture time just for the reason we have~~they eat all the grass up too fast! It's always nibbled down to nothing. We try to rotate the pastures and we get a little ahead of the game and the next thing you know~we let them out in it and they eat it all up! This time I am hoping with the added three acres we can stay ahead of them...We'll see!

So now I hope to see forever green!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

ALPACA 101 SEMINAR--Fun & Informative!

We held our first Alpaca 101 Seminar today and it was both fun and informative! We had more participants than we anticipated and I believe everyone came away learning a lot about alpacas and owning alpacas as a business.

Our speaker and his wife presented everything so well. The Power Point presentation was very well done. The speaker is both a CPA and a CFO. He and his wife are very successful Suri owners in PA. He also travels the world on behalf of the alpaca industry.

The Alpaca industry is such a multi-faceted industry. When I think of the possibilities, they are endless. You can look at alpaca products that can range from the very simple yarns we knit home goods with, all the way up to bales going for $7,000 overseas! Where everyday socks, scarves, gloves and such all the way up to high-fashion couture. Where alpaca prices can range from $500 for pet-quality or companion animals all the way up to $675,000 in 2010! Prices holding high in the last year at just some of the auctions we attended where fine alpacas around the country sold for up to $88,000 with everything in between.

If you own alpacas or are interested in starting in the alpaca industry, allow us to help you get started or add to your herd with very reasonably priced females. We can advise you in building your farm and how to profit with alpacas. We will help you with a five year plan that will guide you in the right direction. What are you waiting for?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Alpacas For The Community

Star Sapphire in Peruvian Costume

Star Sapphire in Peruvian Costume

This morning we hosted an alpaca farm visit from one of our local companies that serve our community in a very special way. They hire handicapped adults to work in their facility. This company finds meaningful work for our dear neighbors with disabilities. We are so grateful to have a company willing to help make these adults feel needed in the community and giving them a purpose by giving them work that matches their very unique and individual skill levels.

We really had a great time! All the visitors really got involved with the alpacas. We put two of our alpacas on halters and dressed them in their colorful "Peruvian" costumes. The participants got to pet them and touch them in very special ways. One shy girl started by holding onto the lead and she would take her index finger and repeatively just touch very quickly the ears of Nikki who is a 14 year old Suri. Nikki has been to many events and loves children, attention and is very affectionate so she doesn't mind at all and was perfect. In fact, Nikki made many of the visitors feel individually special. For example, another girl in a wheelchair who especially felt that Nikki was her friend and must really like her because she was standing so close to her the whole time...I just loved that.

John also brought out our yearling Star who is a spunky jet black girl who looked very pretty in the fibrant Peruvian colors too. And then held one of our crias so they all could touch the baby fleece.

We ended our date with everyone getting to choose a gift of an alpaca finger puppet to take home. I think they really liked that too.

We hope we made their day very special and day to remember. I know it was for us...
Nikki and New Friends

Nikki and New Friends

Bonnie Blues Debut

Bonnie Blues Debut

Come Back & See Us Again Sometime!

Come Back & See Us Again Sometime!