March 4, 2016
Stay the Weekend with the Alpacas!

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Private Cabin
Take a break from the hustle and bustle and relax at Crafdal Farm. Our quaint one room cabin is nestled on 50 acres of beautiful farmland six miles from downtown Madison. Enjoy some alpaca watching (the farm is home to more than 40) and walkable trails.

The cabin overlooks the garden and pond. Electricity, outhouse, and outdoor shower with hot water upon request. The farm is 45 minutes from Augusta.

Book through AirBnB or contact Carolyn Crafts directly at 770-519-5731.


Private Room
bedroom3We also have a bright and comfy apartment in the main house barn. The apartment has private access, full bath, kitchenette, Keurig coffee, a sitting room, and Direct TV.

March 6, 2015
Free Breeding to My Peruvian Obsydian or MFI Touchless! Register Now.

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For each day you attend Crafdal’s Weekend Seminar you get one chance to win a free breeding to either My Peruvian Obsydian or MFI Touchless.

On March 28-29 Nicki Deem and Suzanne Reinhart from Magical Farms will cover topics from herd health to promotional photography. Get hands-on with photoshop tutorials and skirting demonstrations. And take advantage of individual Q&A sessions! The drawing for a free breeding will take place on Sunday, March 29 during lunch.

$125 per person per day. Click here to see the full details and register. Or contact Carolyn Crafts at 770.519.5731. May the odds be in your favor!

My Peruvian Obsydian
Multiple champion herdsire Obsydian was a cornerstone of the respected Magical Farms Alpacas breeding program and sired more than 250 offspring for Magical. His sire, the famous dark grey Dom Timbo, was chosen first in the Peruvian import and has produced many black and grey champions.
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MFI Touchless
Touchless is the 2012 AOBA National Halter Show Reserve Color Champion and son of mega champion LMFI Peruvian Playboy. He is the perfect example of an excellent alpaca phenotype with an elite fleece to match. He is proven.
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February 16, 2015
Magical Farms Girls Coming to Georgia for Weekend Seminar March 28-29

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Nicki Deem and Suzanne Reinhart Share Their Alpaca Experience


Saturday, March 28
9 am-Noon
Herd Health: Birthing to End of Life
Nicki Deem
Nicki shares the best herd health practices that every farm should know. All experience is first-hand from her 15 years at Magical Farms.

Noon-1 pm
Lunch

1 pm- 4pm
Animal Photography: How to Get the Perfect Promotional Photo

Suzanne Reinhart
Photograph your animals to sell! We will go through the process of correct stance, background, and positioning.

Fecal Checks Nicki Deem
Demonstration and hands-on

Sunday, March 29
9 am-Noon
Photoshop Tutorial and Hands-on
Suzanne Reinhart
Learn how to change a background, readjust position, and more tricks to make an almost good photo into a great one! Bring a computer with Photoshop capability and your own alpaca photos to refine as time allows.

Individual Q&A Sessions
Nicki Deem
Available for those not choosing to participate in Photoshop Tutorial.

Noon-1pm
Lunch

1-4 pm
Skirting Suzanne Reinhart
Demonstration and hands-on

Halter Training Suzanne Reinhart
Demonstration


Registration
Download and return this registration form to reserve your spot today! Contact Carolyn Crafts with any questions at ccrafts1440@gmail.com or 770-519-5731.

Registration fee: $125 per person for one day (or $225 per person for both days). Lunches included.

Saturday Dinner Party: $25 per person


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Suzanne Reinhart was part of the Magical Farms family for more than 10 years. She was the graphic designer/photographer and her work is seen in all of the catalogs and marketing materials including the animal and farm photography. Suzanne designed the Breeder’s Choice Auction as well as the herdsire catalogs. She has taught photography and Photoshop Elements seminars at Magical Farms. She was also involved with skirting fleece and training alpacas of all ages for auction and show. Suzanne resides in Ohio and works in the alpaca industry as a freelance designer/photographer.

About Nicki
Nicki’s conversion from “cow culture” to alpacas began when an alpaca vet needed help holding a cria during a transfusion. Shortly after she was hired at Magical Farms where she spent 15 years guiding the farm toward the best herd health practices and helping to transform Magical into the ultimate alpaca farm.

Nicki worked outside and inside observing closely, questioning constantly, reading voraciously, and always applying common sense. She coordinated on- and off-site breedings. And as a representative of Magical Farms, she worked with veterinarians and students from all over the world.

With the farm closing, she now has the availability to discuss all things alpaca with anyone interested, sharing her years of alpaca experience at one of the largest alpaca farms in the industry. If you want to talk alpaca herd health, she’s your girl!

December 18, 2014
Herd Reduction Sale

Too many brown animals!

excaliburSelling quality females and males, most out of Magical Farms herdsires in Litchfield, Ohio. Herdsires used include: MFI Peruvian Lethal Weapon, Rumm Runner, LMFI Peruvian Playboy, Snowmass Millennium, MFI Supreme Hustler, Snowmass Nova’s Intrepid, PC Running Late 557, STF Jetson, MFI Gathering Storm, MFI Peruvian Grindstone, MFI Peruvian Navarone, and Timoteo Samson. 

Prices range from $500 (older)
 to $1,500

  • Junior herdsires out of MFI Gathering Storm, Majestic Peruvian Jeremiah, and MFI Peruvian Lethal Weapon $1,500
  • Fiber Males from $100

Contact Carolyn Crafts at 770-519-5731 
to make your selections. 

December 11, 2014
Holiday Market

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We attended the Holiday Mart at Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell Ga December 6. We sold yarn, socks, and jackets (all from alpaca fiber) but the Sacka Paca Poo was the big hit!

December 8, 2014
New Fabulous Family Members

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November was a busy month at the farm! Obsydian arrived at the beginning of the month and we welcomed two healthy crias — both boys — two weeks in a row: MFI Peruvian Candy Man’s Sugar Daddy (above) and MFI Quixotic’s Onyx.

 

Candy Man’s Sugar Daddy
Sugar Daddy’s sire is MFI Peruvian Candy Man, son of PC Running Late. Candy Man is the total package— flawless phenotype, perfect conformation and extremely dense fleece with a high-frequency, high-amplitude crimp style that is bright and soft! Traits inherited by Sugar Daddy and Candy Man’s other crias. Candy Man’s grey son Eye Candy was the 2014 Grey Male Champion at the Futurity. And his fawn son Mega Barre was won numerous banners.

A few of MFI Peruvian Candy Man’s show achievements include:

  • Champion Halter 2012 MAPACA Jubilee, Harrisburg PA
  • Champion (Color – Fleece) Fleece 2011 Shepherds Harvest Wool Festival, Lake Elmo MN
  • Champion Halter 2010 PAOBA Breeders Showcase, York PA
  • Champion Halter 2010 North East Alpaca Expo, Syracuse NY
  • Champion Halter 2010 Minnesota Alpaca Expo, Owatonna, MN

Many famous sires and quality run through Sugar Daddy’s pedigree. Running Late’s sire (and Sugar Daddy’s great grandsire), 6 Peruvian Accoyo Titan sold in 2007 for $250,000.

 

MFI Quixotic’s Onyx
Onyx’s sire is A and A & MFI Quixotic. Quxiotic’s dam is Starry Night’s Quetzal, a gorgeous dark silver grey female with incredible fleece character and rare density. His sire is MFI Peruvian Formula 1. Quxiotic’s juvenile fleece won First Place and Grey Male Color Champion at the 2011 AOBA National Fleece Show.

Some of Quixotic’s other show achievments include:

  • Champion Halter 2012 Spring Bling, Neenah WI
  • Champion Halter 2012 North American, Springfield MA
  • Champion Halter 2012 Minnesota Alpaca Expo, Owatonna, MN
  • Reserve Champion Halter 2012 AOBA National Conference, Louisville KY
  • Reserve Champion Halter 2012 All American Futurity, Grand Island NE
  • Champion Halter 2011 PAOBA Breeders Showcase, York PA
  • Reserve Champion Halter 2011 North American, Springfield MA
  • Reserve Champion Halter 2011 MOPACA Invitational, Kansas City MO
  • Champion Halter 2011 Green Mountain Show, Essex Jct. VT

November 3, 2014
Fall Fertilizing with Alpaca Poo

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alpaca-poo-webFall is the time of year to fertilize paddocks. And what else would we use but our own alpaca poo! After composting the alpaca poo for at least six months, we spread the the manure with this 1960 vintage spreader. Then we re-seed all paddocks with a specially formulated forage fescue.

A Saka Paca Poo
Our A Saka Paca Poo is a fun gift for avid or beginner gardeners! The composted alpaca fertilizer is a very mild, with little odor and can be used on house plants, in home gardens and to make compost teas for all plants. Unlike other animal manures, it will not “burn” plants and can be applied rather carelessly without fussing.

A Saka Paca Poo is sold at the farm and will be available at the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Holiday Market in early December.

October 24, 2014
Harvest on the ‘Hooch 2014

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The girls — Ilex (the darkest), Daphne Odora, Juniper (the lightest) and Arabella.

Last weekend we trailered four of our girls to the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell for the annual Harvest on the ‘Hooch. Arabella, Ilex, Juniper, and Daphne Odora were a huge attraction, especially for the children. All four are juveniles (under one year old) and are halter trained.

Harvest on the ‘Hooch is a fundraising event for the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s community garden which provides fresh fruits and vegetables to the North Fulton Community Charities Food Pantry and its vicinity. The garden provides an average 8,000 pounds of produce annually.

October 21, 2014
Shearing and Skirting

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A full fleece ready to be skirted.

Alpacas are shorn each spring leaving them with short wool in the summer and plenty of time to grow out their coats again for winter. Depending on the density of the alpaca’s fleece, anywhere from 3 to 10 pounds of fleece are removed. But before all of that fiber can be sent off for processing into yarn, it has to be skirted.

Skirting Table

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These tubes have shorn fleece within them.

These tubes have shorn fleece within them.

Skirting is the process of removing course fiber, dirt, and short fiber called second cuts. We rolled each shorn fleece in craft paper when it came off the alpaca in spring. This allowed the fleece to remain flat until it was time for the skirting table.

Piles of seconds removed in the skirting process.

This skirting table was custom made for my waist height, and it rotates to make it easier to move the table top as I remove any fiber that is not part of the premium quality fleece.

The second cuts, which are removed because of their coarser quality, will be milled into a yarn suitable for rug or hat making.

The skirted premium fiber will be sent off for processing into a fine yarn suitable for apparel.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

October 17, 2014
Magical Farm’s Obsydian Comes to Georgia!

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Crafdal Farm is thrilled to announce the acquisition of multiple champion herdsire Obsydian! He arrives the first weekend of November and will be immediately available for scheduling breedings.

 

About Obsydian

Obsydian is true black and the winner of numerous championship awards. He has been a cornerstone of the respected Magical Farms Alpacas breeding program. His sire, the famous dark grey herdsire Dom Timbo, was chosen first in the Peruvian import and has produced many black and grey champions. Obysdian is also the full brother of the famous Peruvian Ivanna, winner of eight championships and one Reserve Championship. Obsydian is the sire of MFI Peruvian Grindstone, the 2009 AOBA National Halter Show Reserve Black Champion as well as Chocolate Obsession, Vision in Black, and Maid of Steel.

 

Introductory Fee

Secure a breeding to Obsydian now! Contact Carolyn Crafts to get the introductory fee.

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