As we look through our listings of alpacas for sale, we see that we have a number of very good quality breeding females that are currently open. In many cases, this is because these females have been replaced by their daughters in our breeding program. We are going to begin offering some of these females at sale prices to encourage their use in your breeding programs. These are proven good mothers with excellent genetics. Our first offering is Starry’s Venus, … Read More
Like many farms, we often package several alpacas together and offer the group at a discounted price. This is generally to help a client sell the last of their herd or maybe to rehome a few geldings as a group. But the other package deal we offer as standard practice is what we call a “3-in-1 package” that includes a bred female with a free breeding. We also go one step further and allow that free breeding to be transferred to … Read More
Last weekend (Oct 21 – 23) Ron took three yearling alpacas to the Showtacular alpaca show in Syracuse. This show combines the Empire Show and the NEAOBA Show into one long weekend. We were very pleased that all three of our alpacas ribboned in both shows against some very tough competition. The best result of the weekend was a second place finish by Snowshoe Sweet Cicley in the NEAOBA Show. This beautiful yearling female will be ready to breed in … Read More
Ron has had another busy season building livestock fencing for clients. This latest installation will serve to contain animals of various species and sizes, so it includes a tall no-climb fence with a hot wire along the top. The season for fence installation is quite short, since it doesn’t start until shearing season is over in late June. If you have a need for new or improved fencing, please contact Ron to discuss your options.
This is a busy time of year for Snowshoe Farm! October is when many people start knitting for the season, especially if they’re making holiday gifts. We have a series events on October weekends which started with the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival. What a great weekend we had! Next weekend, we will be at Burketoberfest at Burke Mountain on Sunday afternoon. Come on up and enjoy the spectacular fall foliage and check out the new lodge and some very talented … Read More
Recently I was asked how early we can assess the quality of an alpaca. I’ve been asked this question before and I usually reply that we generally wait until after the cria’s first “real” shearing (not the shearing that happens a few weeks after birth) and see how the fiber grows back. We don’t assume crias with fine fiber will mature into adults – or even yearlings – with fine fiber. We like to wait and see it happen. In … Read More
Snowshoe Ammonoosuc, full brother to our multi-champion, Snowshoe Aristides, is getting the job done this summer. We have several unconfirmed pregnancies so far and have room for a few more breedings. Ammonoosuc’s introductory stud fee is $750. We are now offering a special price of $500 on drive-by breedings to Ammo. Contact us to make a date!
Snowshoe Farm will be participating in the Summer Buy Local Market on the Vermont State House lawn on Wed, Aug 10. We’ll have a great selection of alpaca and alpaca blend yarns for sale in both natural and hand dyed colors. We’ll also have washed & picked alpaca felting fiber in various natural and dyed colors. Hope to see you there!
We’ve had a number of inquiries as to why we don’t show prices on the three yearling alpacas we have listed for sale. Often, we don’t bother to list our younger alpacas for sale until they are a bit older. For the most part, we just like to wait and see how the alpacas do as they mature. We’re not only looking at fleece quality, but conformation and overall health and vitality. Our current sales list includes three alpacas that were … Read More
I spend a lot of my knitting time working with fingering weight yarn. Socks are one of my favorite items to knit and I also love fingering for shawls and scarves. Snowshoe Farm produces a lot of fingering weight yarn in 100% alpaca as well as in a number of blends. We’ve only been making worsted weight yarn for two or three years. Personally, I feel worsted weight is too big for 100% alpaca, so our worsted is 50% alpaca/50% … Read More