Female Alpacas for Sale – New!

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Snowshoe Farm has taken on three lovely young female alpacas that we would like to sell on behalf of their owner, Becky Wadsworth, at Nether Walnut Hill Farm. Becky and her alpacas first came to our attention when she was selling the last of her herd before moving to Scotland. One of the females she offered for sale was Aussie Colorado Philly, a female who, together with the herdsire, Xanadu P Concerto, produced the champion male, Spirit Wind’s Maestro. Now … Read More

RIP Hannah’s Julie

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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

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

Sale – Daughter of Champions

Snowshoe FancyPants is a daughter of two champion alpacas. She gave birth to her first cria last year, a beautiful beige female we named Snowshoe Haiku. FancyPants is an excellent mother. She is an easy keeper and breeder. Her fiber is fine with good character and a soft handle. We’re very pleased with her cria and will very likely rebreed her to the same male, Snowshoe Pharoah. Now that her cria has been weaned, we are offering FancyPants at the … 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

All-female package deal

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Several years ago, we took in a small herd owned by Starry Mountain Alpacas when the owners, Kim and John, moved out of the country. We’ve integrated a few of the alpacas into our own herd, but for the most part, these females either do not fit our breeding program or are related to our herd. We have decided to package together Starry Mountain’s core female producers and offer them as a group. This package include 5 females. All are … Read More

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