Snowshoe Ammonoosuc

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On July 4th this year, Snowshoe Ammonoosuc’s first cria was born. Ammonoosuc is the full brother to our multi-champion, Snowshoe Aristides, who is now owned by Little Creek Farm. This cria is more than we could have hoped for and shows us that Ammo is truly following in the footsteps of his big brother. Ammonoosuc is available for breeding. To celebrate his first cria, we are offering a limited number of drive-by breedings to Ammonoosuc for $500 for the month … Read More

Female Alpaca – Sale!

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

Assessing Alpacas

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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

Baby Alpacas!

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We’re in the midst of birthing season here at Snowshoe Farm. Now we get to see the results of the pairings we selected last year and that is one of the most rewarding parts of breeding. We have a few first time moms this year and there’s always a concern about that. To be honest, we have never had a problem with a new mother.  We’ve had a few crias through the years who were slow to catch on to … Read More

New Cria from Snowshoe Farm

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Here’s our newest offspring sired by our multi-champion, Snowshoe Aristides: Snowshoe Pleione. This photo was taken just as we were getting ready to shear her. This little girl is a pistol. She’s gaining weight like crazy, leads the rest of her group out to pasture and is already chewing her cud at 2-1/2 weeks. That might not be unusual, but I can’t say I’ve ever noticed a cria that young chewing a cud. Anyway, we’re very pleased with this girl, … Read More

First Cria of 2014

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And she’s over a month early…. At 301 days gestation, she’s by far the earliest cria born at Snowshoe Farm. She’s small – only 11.4 lbs – but not frighteningly small. It took her about an hour to be able to hold herself sternal and about 4 hours before she managed to find her legs. But she had a strong sucking reflex from the moment she dropped and her dam cooperated nicely with letting us hold the cria up to … Read More

Alpaca Breeding 2014

Shearing season is coming to an end and that means it’s time for breeding season to begin at Snowshoe Farm!  There are two sides to breeding season:  breeding our own females and breeding females that belong to our clients. For our own herd, breeding begins with the decision-making process – which females do we breed this year and to whom do we breed them?  Do we have breedings that we’d like to repeat?  Do we have young males to prove? … Read More

Spring Alpaca Show Season Update

Snowshoe Farm is in the middle of our rather short spring show season (two shows). Nationals is behind us. At that event, we offered a yearling female, Snowshoe Ginger, for sale in the auction and are pleased to announce that the winning bidder was Hickory Meadow Alpaca Farm. We hope this beautiful daughter of Snowshoe Aristides will be a valuable addition to their breeding program. As a participant in the Herdsire Auction, Snowshoe Aristides was on display throughout the weekend. It … Read More

Random winter ‘pacas

This is the kind of winter’s day we live for…sorta. It’s mild and sunny and the snow is perfect.  But we know what comes next. Tonight’s forecast is for snow, then freezing rain, then rain. Things are gonna get ugly. So we take pics while things are lookin’ good.          

Show time…already?

The new year is barely underway and it’s already time to start registering for the spring alpaca shows. This year the AOBA National Conference will be held in Harrisburg, PA and that’s a lot closer to home than usual for nationals.  So how can we NOT go to this show, even though we risk having to transport alpacas through snow, sleet or whatever kind of “wintry mix” mother nature cares to throw our way in mid- March? Yes, mid-March – … Read More

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