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How Can a small Farm "Compete" Against a BIG Farm

What can your farming neighbor teach you about your alpaca farm? I found many answers about livestock business planning and went no farther than my "backyard."  I live in rural south-central PA, previously one of the top counties in the state for agriculture and most specifically for dairy farms and fruit orchards.

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Alpaca Owner Gift Giving Idea Book 2017

WARNING:  The following is for adult audiences with a warped sense of humor!

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Do You Have Much Competition?

Is That an Emu?Can You Ride Them?Do They Spit?

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How to Make an Alpaca Fiber Male!

#AlpacaFiberMalesForSale! Sometimes I’ll hear a comment that then triggers an idea to share with others, in hopes of spurring further thought and discussion and maybe, change in behavior. It’s isn’t a criticism, but rather a “why do we do that?” sort of thought.  Such was the case for this blog.

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You won't find Hobbiness in Wikipedia!

Hobbiness, noun, a combination of “Hobby and Business.” Fiction. The word Hobbiness is not in the dictionary. This concept cannot exist in reality.

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Pachallina at Long Acres Alpaca Farm

Pachallina is the retail shop for Long Acres Alpaca Farm. Clothing and Home Furnishings made from natural fibres made in USA or through Fair Trade using eco-friendly manufacture practices.

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Does Our Alpaca Show Entry Reflect an Accurate Image of our Alpaca Business Model?

A revelation came to me when I participated in the Sorting Grading Classing (SGC) Workshop offered through SUNY College.  Commercial Fiber buyers do not expect to purchase fiber lots where all of the staples are the EXACT length, but rather they buy it according to a staple length that falls within a certain range, often referred to as woolen or worsted.

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More Alpaca for your Lincoln!

If a buck can get you a bang, can a Lincoln get you an alpaca? It can at Long Acres Alpaca Farm. We've redone our Farm Tour! New and improved...bigger and better...you get the picture.

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Q: What do the Solar Eclipse and Pachallina have in common?

A: They're both set to kick off very soon in 2017!!!! Pachallina will be reopening this Fall, 2017!  We had to relocate two years ago and after much thought, we will now be located in The Guest House at LAAF!

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We Did It Again...AirBnB Superhost!!!

Once again, The Guest House at LAAF has obtained SUPERHOST status!  Superhost status is evaluated quarterly and is awarded to AirBnB hosts that meet the following requirements

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