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Stocking up the Cupboards for the BIG SNOWSTORM–Stella!

Posted on: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 @ 5:46 pm

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There is a comic where a farm family stopped “dead in their tracks” when the weather came on…so it is when you live on a farm and especially if you raise livestock.  In the summer, we are forever watching the sky because of the threat of rain on our tedded hay and in the winter, it’s good …

Only two weekends left to SHOP Pachallina!

Posted on: Thursday, December 8th, 2016 @ 4:19 pm

  Our storefront in downtown Mercersburg relocated when the building sold and is under new management.  So as we close that door, literally, we are excited to open another, read more

Alpaca Farming A to Z–Make It a Weekend Get-Away!

Posted on: Sunday, November 13th, 2016 @ 1:11 pm

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Alpaca Farming A to Z! Fall 2017–Date TBA The Guest House is reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis for A to Z Workshop Participants who will need overnight accommodations on the above dates. Stay the weekend and experience alpaca farming! There’s a lot to talk about! This seminar/workshop is a great way to get hands on experience with alpacas. …

Pseudolivestock ˈso͞odō/ ˈlīvˌstäk/ noun, bogus farm animal

Posted on: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 @ 1:27 pm

We started in the alpaca business in 2005, just as the prices were beginning to surge and the excitement was building at the auctions.  Alpacas sold like candy and we would feel sorry for the poor sole that sold their lot for a measly $12,000.  We “drank the kool-aid” as did many and threw the …

Oh so close!!! PAOBA Registration OPEN(-ing)!

Posted on: Thursday, August 4th, 2016 @ 1:58 pm

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PAOBA is so close to opening registration for the PAOBA Breeders Showcase 2016!  Just a few tweaks to the NEW PAOBA WEBSITE and we’ll be ready to go.  Look for registration to open hopefully by tomorrow at his time….that ‘s 2:00 PM EST and 8:00 AM for those lucky enough to be be in Honolulu! …

Memberships — Getting Your Money’s Worth

Posted on: Monday, May 16th, 2016 @ 11:22 pm

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Recently, there was a question proposed by AOA to increase/change the levels of membership.  Some examples floated around were fleece memberships, youth membership, and a vendor membership.  Below is a Facebook group post by two of our current AOA Directors, Shauna Brummet and Laurel Shouvlin (April 17, 2016). “Alpaca Peeps, we have been having some …

An Open Letter to FFA Members by Beau Barrilleaux

Posted on: Friday, April 8th, 2016 @ 8:49 am

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Wow….what a powerful letter…applicable in so many aspects of life but most greatly appreciated as I look around at the many positive changes taking place in the US alpaca industry. Get involved….there are many good things on the horizon…read now!

Alpaca Youth Halter Class–A Proposal

Posted on: Thursday, April 7th, 2016 @ 10:18 pm

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Looking around at the participants at the AOA National Show was an eye opening experience…we’re not getting any younger, literally and figuretively!  Not only is the average age of the alpaca farmer or rancher slowly creeping up, but there are relatively few young owners and breeders getting into the business.  And by young, I mean …