The first cria born on our farm held a very special place in our hearts. Hannah’s Julie was born on a very cold and windy January day in 2000. As a result, she, her dam, and the one other alpaca on our small farm spent the better part of the next couple weeks living in our walk-in basement. Other than the weather, Julie was off to a strong and healthy start. We made a very common mistake with our first … Read More
We always make a point of reviewing our herd of alpacas around the first of the year with an eye towards spring alpaca shows, the upcoming birthing and breeding season and updating our sales list. It’s exciting to see last year’s crias now growing into beautiful and healthy young alpacas ready for weaning…and maybe showing. This year we are going to try to offer at least one alpaca at a special price every month. For January, we’re featuring Snowshoe Pleione. … Read More
Snowshoe Farm is offering free shipping on all products from our online yarn shop through December 31. Use coupon code SHIPFREE. VermontAlpacaYarn.com lists alpaca yarn, roving and felting fiber as well as dyes, needles & hooks and free patterns. All alpaca fiber used in our products is grown on our Vermont farm. We do our own shearing every spring, then carefully skirt and grade each fleece. We send only the very best quality fiber to Sallie’s Fen Fiber Mill to be spun into … Read More
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 In many cases, this is because these females have been replaced by their daughters in our breeding program.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!