by Jim Hobart on September 18th, 2009

Our ranch will be open to celebrate National Alpaca Ranch Days on Sat/Sun Sept 26th and 27th. We'll have sample products from our Alpacas and will have our alpacas out and available to see and appreciate. We hope you can make it out to see them!

by Jim Hobart on July 3rd, 2009

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the contest to name our alpaca. With over 200 names suggested we had quite a variety to make our final choice.So... we have just finished a family gathering and unamimously decided... so now he has a name and it is Dante.Thanks to Chase B. who posted the suggestion on June 22nd at 5:09 pm.You've won a $25 Gift Card to our online store Alpaca DirectThanks to everyone else for all the creativity and fun in helping our cute little alpaca have a nice name.Next year you'll see if first year fleece be available as a buttery black alpaca yarn direct from our ranch!

by Jim Hobart on June 22nd, 2009

Does the sight of all these alpacas make you smile or make you want to run?There's a lot of mouths to feed each day but each alpaca has its own personality and can bring joy to your life. The 'Skirting' rack in the front of this picture is what we use to sort and grade our fiber from each alpaca.We shear once a year (in April) so our alpacas are comfortable for the warm summer months.Morning feeding time is a great time to reflect on your day, set goals and plan your day.So...when the moms and crias come to greet you in the morning make it a time to enjoy your first smile of the day!

by Jim Hobart on May 26th, 2009

Amid the morning bustle of getting ready for work, feeding 50 animals and making sure the baby alpacas are bottle fed we sometimes miss out on the "Magic of the moment" that so often occurs in the pasture. Today we let our new mom and cria out to be with the rest of the herd. Mom was proudly showing off her new little boy and all the other moms were sniffing him and socializing.It's important to incorporate the crias into the herd so they learn from the other alpacas.Daphne is a new mom so she was likely getting tips from the other moms while the new cria was getting pushed around by Trigger - our 5 week old cria we've been bottle feeding. Anyhow, I just took a pause for a few minutes...stopped and watched the Alpacas and headed back to the house with a big smile on my face. What a great way to start the day!

by Jim Hobart on May 25th, 2009

We had a busy day yesterday.We decided to slip out and see a movie for a Mom &Dad 'Date Afternoon' and of course just as we were getting to leave we did one last check of the Moms and there was our newest addition in the pasture.Luckily he's very healthy and it already nursing on his mom (Daphne).Her mom (Sunny) was a very good mom with a great disposition so we were hoping she'd pass this trait on to Daphne and it looks like this was the case. Daphne has been very attentive to her baby and he's nursing well. He gained 8oz on day one and got a good dose of mom's Cholosterum to help his immune system duing the next few critical weeks.It's always much better to let the mom/cria work things out than to jump in with a bottle of purchased cholosterum.We always watch carefully for the meconium plug to come out and see his basic vitals working well. Our daughter Lauren is great with the alpacas and volunteered duty for cria watch while we headed out later yesterday to keep our date. As for a name, we're still undecided. We like to watch each cria's personality a bit before giving it a name. As for this little guy.. he's very spunky, sweet and very attached to mom. Plus...he's pure black out of Snowmass Conquistador. Any ideas?

by Jim Hobart on May 24th, 2009

We've been so busy with our e-commerce site Alpaca Direct and our growing herd of Alpacas that we had not been updating our Ranch site as frequently as planned. Well...that's going to change and we hope you like the new look and feel of our new website. We'll be adding useful information and keeping your posted on the happenings of our ranch Feel free to let us know what you'd like us to talk about or provide

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