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

Customer Support

Snowshoe Farm is an alpaca breeding business. As such when we sell alpacas, we offer service and support to our customers both before and after the sale. We see the alpacas produced from our breeding program as our responsibility long after they’ve left our farm. We do not breed unless we feel we have the room and the budget to keep any offspring resulting from the breedings. And we make every effort to sell our alpacas to what we feel … 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

The “Barn Book”

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You hear a lot about the  equipment and supplies you need to have in order to properly care for your livestock.  But it seems it’s often the little things – the simple things – that turn out to be the most-used and most-valued tools. From day one of alpaca ownership, we have kept a 3-ring binder of blank paper in our barn. EVERYTHING – and I mean EVERYTHING – that happens relating to our alpacas is written in that book. … Read More

‘Tis the Season

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No, not that season – not yet!!  But it’s always one season or another around here. For example: It’s hay season!  This time of year we are “on call” for hay. We don’t grow our own hay; we buy second cut hay from several local hay producers. It’s necessary to have a stretch of dry weather in order to harvest and bale hay, so this time of year, whenever we have a window of “good drying weather”, as the forecasters … Read More

Cria Shearing

I’d venture to say that most alpaca breeders don’t shear their crias until the spring following the crias’ births.  But those cria fleeces become messy very quickly as their fine, velcro-like tips attract hay and other debris. We’ve learned that we can get much cleaner and more valuable fleeces in the spring if we shear our crias soon after birth. And the bonus is that the crias are more comfortable during the summer. We sheared our first five 2013 babies … Read More

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