After purchasing the property in 2002 and completing the timber farmed house barn in 2004, Bryan and I purchased our core group of alpacas in 2006. Our first experience at breeding alpacas came in early 2008 when we took over a small herd of alpacas (seven females, two males and one guard llama, Larry). We hauled six of the “girls” to High Meadow Alpaca Farm in Tennessee to be bred — all “drive by.” We had two successful breedings, probably a good thing considering our inexperience with handling births at that time. The first two crias were males. One of them, Pick Your Partner, received a first and reserve champion as a juvenile at his and my first show. What a way to start!

Since then we have built our herd to more than 40 animals. All breedings have been exclusively to high-end herdsires — Snowmass Millennium, Peruvian Jeremiah, Peruvian Playboy, Jeremiah’s Jay Gatsby, Peruvian Candy Man, Gathering Storm, MFI Navarone, MFI Lethal Weapon, Rumm Runner, MFI Supreme Hustler, STF Jetson and MFI Peruvian Logan — from Magical Farms in Ohio and High Meadow in Tennessee.

Magical Farms, the largest alpaca farm with the most sought after herdsires in the United States for the past twenty years, is closing this year. We have offspring from many of their champion herdsires. We have also acquired Magical Farms multiple champion herdsire Obsydian! He arrived in November and is available for scheduling breedings.