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Sunday, January 22, 2012

What A Difference A Year Makes!

It was just about a year ago when we were thinking about and started  looking into alpaca farming.

Now look at us.  Approximately two acres of land was cleared.  Two shelters are up and fencing is around them.  One shelter is completed inside and housing our 5 alpacas (4 of them right now and 1 more to come in the coming weeks). The other shelter is storing hay until we build the hay shelter this summer and then complete the inside of the second shelter and move the boys.  A third shelter is planned for a quarantine area when we come back from shows and to house additional hay (that might not be until the following summer).  We still have more interior fencing to put up when the ground thaws.

I can't say it has always brought us joy building our little farm (my husband and I don't always see eye to eye) but for the most part it has been good.  When we are with our alpacas any problems just go away.

Trying to get up and running involves a lot of time - not only the farm part of it; but maintaining your website - trying to market it - joining different associations, going to meetings - learning about the fiber, what you can do with it - how to market and set that up on your website.  Building your herd - marketing your animals once the herd is established. Maintaining and caring for your herd - most importantly; taking in and learning all that there is to learn about your animals and your farm.  This is something that will be an ongoing process as long as we have our farm - I have spoken with people who have been doing this a very long time and they are still learning.

We have come a long way in one year - can't wait to see what happens this next year!

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