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Monday, October 7, 2013

And then there was yarn

yarn

yarn

Scotia Acres Alpacas joined the NFP!
We are really excited to have our fiber Certified Sorted and Graded! We look forward to the improved quality of our alpaca products! It gives us a sense of pride knowing our products will be improved due to this process of sorting and grading which guarantees a more uniform and consistent product. We know our customers will be pleased!
PLUS we are contributing to the sustainability of our farm and other fiber farms by participating in the NFP (Natural Fiber Producers)!!
yarn yarn

yarn yarn

yarn yarn yarn

yarn yarn yarn


Monday, September 30, 2013

Open Farm

Thank you to all who visited and made our weekend so enjoyable! We had a great time showing you all around and introducing you to our herd! PLEASE visit us again soon :)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Labor Day Surprise

Just when you think you have the weekend off....
A quick check in the barn reveals a newborn cria! Running around with her herdmates, nursing and alert. Sephera is a good mom :)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

What to do in the rain???

hello!

hello!

So much to do this week, but so much rain has fallen... And when it rains...it pours!
If we can't work outside, then it is time to get our hands in this year's shearing! So far we have 27 blankets skirted, which means only 45 to go!! Then it is time to pick and card and spin and knit......
Anyone want to come by to help?
;) let me know!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cerise

Cerise

Ember

Ember

Barronness

Barronness


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Always bet on Black!

hello world!

hello world!

Maddie had her cria today! He's BLACK!! We are really excited about this one! Her service sire is Meadowgate's Black Enough; TWELVE Time Champion!!!! Black Enough is simply outstanding. This boy has reignited the fire and we are looking forward to watching him grow and showing him off in the show ring ;)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A little mud on the tires...

Colleen and muddy tires

Colleen and muddy tires

Always something "digging" at Scotia Acres.
Today E & F Ag systems are beginning to erect the building that will surround the HUAP (high use animal pad aka "the pooping spot!")

the EXCAVATOR!

the EXCAVATOR!

mud...

mud...


Friday, May 24, 2013

a time to rest???

family

family

After a successful shearing day on Tuesday 5/21 the Campbell family gets ready for a crusie to the Bahamas!
YAY
NO...
Boo.
I was dreaming :(
There is no time to rest.
We have 72 bags of fleece to skirt and tumble then sell or ship to a mill to be made into awesome yarn or products...
Also, we have a "few" projects going on...
On Tuesday 5/28 a hole will begin to be dug for the HUAP (high use animal pad), this is a NRCS project to help with manure management
Seeding has begun (Thursday 5/23) of 25 acres of orchard grass/hay pasture mix, (The BRAND new seeder broke (rusted?) and was fixed on Thursday) then comes fertilizer with the new sprayer!
The well electricity has begun to be run, three electric poles were put in on Thursday - a shed needs to be purchased to house the well.
"Cria watch" is in full force ;)
Two alpaca are at New Bolton Vet Hospital ready to come home :)
And, as always, we are promoting alpacas for sale and fleece for sale...


-This blog entry is by Laura. Check back for entries from other Scotia Acres Family members!

I noticed I hadn't written on the blog in almost a month! It HAS been an eventful month, which left little time to post...
I forgot to mention a new chicken run was built and 5 chicks hatched from our first incubator attempt!! Another group of females, huacayas this time, went off farm for breeding in Kentucky. We are very excited about these cria!! One female had a jaw abscess and needed daily treatment, it was decided that she needed treatment from the New Bolton Vet Hospital and was transported there.... hmmm... what else?
fleece

fleece

seeding

seeding

first hatch!

first hatch!


Monday, April 22, 2013

Spring Fling!

Finally, it is Spring!
If April Showers bring May flowers... what does an alpaca transport trailer bring?
Future Show Winning Cria!!!!!!!!!!!

ok, a poet I am not.
But is is Spring, and five of our Suri girls are en route across the country for breeding! Matt from Cedar Ridge Transport arrived, paperwork was checked and the girls were loaded for the trip. The trailer was on its way to Virginia and then Westward. Stops in Ohio, Missouri and Oregon among others.

We are REALLY excited about the studs our girls will meet! And we are REALLY looking forward to the cria of Spring 2014!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Most important tool on the farm?

Big Green Tractor

Big Green Tractor

As an alpaca farmer, there has to be the one tool you could not live without...
What is it?
I cannot say I have used all the tools out there, but I would like to take a few guesses:

THE RAKE- it's teethy grin, grabbing at alpaca beans, scattering them in all directions but where you want them to go...I once thought the only purpose of a rake was for cleaning up autumn leaves, but I now know it is also for scraping the cold frozen ground in winter, or the muddy puddles of spring or stirring up dust in the dry, hot summer... yes, the rake is there for you for all seasons.

THE WHEELBARROW - always ready for more, the wheel barrow is the silent hero of the farm, accepting whatever you dare ask it to transport; either hay, manure, or a farm visitor looking for a race... it takes a licking and keeps on ticking... or transporting,anyway... The wheelbarrow makes heavy jobs seem lighter, long distances seem shorter... it's three wheels steadily earning it's keep and enjoying a daily hose off until tomorrow

THE SHOVEL- One cannot consider himself or herself a farmer (or manure-ologist, as we like to say) unless he has a favorite shovel to well, shovel with. Perhaps you prefer the straight edge, aka spade, or the pointier style, either metal, wood, or plastic not much can be done on the farm without a good "scooper".

THE JOHN DEER aka "BIG GREEN TRACTOR" - Now I know there may be a few fans of the Massey Ferguson, International Harvester, Case, Kubota, Toro or even Yamaha... BUT- ADMIT IT- Nothing runs like a DEER ;) the tractor is a HUGE investment, but gives many returns. The tractor is BIG, the tractor is STRONG, the tractor is a MACHINE! It has POWER... you just need to know how to get it to do what you want. Attachments like the bucket, the loader, the plow, or tiller, blade, spreader... it can do the job of so many tools, and so much faster and easier!!

THE COMPUTER- (including the Internet) one has to agree, without a computer and the Internet, I wouldn't be writing and you wouldn't be reading this. The computer and Internet get my vote for one of the top voices for most important tool. If I never researched alpacas on the Internet... well, my life would NOT be as awesome as it is now, thanks to the alpacas of course ;) in addition to research, we all know how useful the computer can be for various marketing and communication tasks. Registration of alpacas and sales contacts occur via computers and herd health records are kept on the computer too. Even alpaca sales and auctions occur on the Internet, thank you Openherd ;)

Does money count as a tool? We all know it makes the world go around, and is probably the root of all evil... it also keeps alpacas fed, healthy and business well, in business. It is such an important tool on the farm that we all seem to want more of it, never have enough of it and can't do some of the farm related tasks without it.

Other ideas: alpaca shears, hose and bucket, fly predators, a good pickup truck, halter and lead, WD-40!, Swiss Army Knife, cell phone, camera, your eyes, a syringe of ivomec, the vet, business card...

Final decision time: the most important tool on the farm has got to be...The one YOU use to help your farm succeed !!

comments welcome;) email me! Lcampbell@scotiaacres.com

-This blog entry is by Laura. Check back for entries from other Scotia Acres Family members!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

As Luck Would Have It...

Alpaca Jim and Colleen

Alpaca Jim and Colleen

...continued
My boarding farm was moving... I was recently divorced... I had seven alpacas that needed a home...what could be more LUCKY than meeting "Alpaca Jim".
Yes, it's true, I went to check out a new farm to board my alpacas and it turned out to be the best farm visit EVER!
LONG story short, not only did I find an awesome farm for my alpacas, but I met the Campbells, and eventually married Jim.
Now, we have an expanded family and almost 100 alpacas! Not to mention about a dozen chickens and a beef cattle operation!
LUCK?

-This blog entry is by Laura. Check back for entries from other Scotia Acres Family members!