Yearly Archives: 2012

From a Stormy Start to One in a Million

For four or so weeks, we observed Stormy nurse his mom and gain weight. Sometimes, he could hold his head up and walk like a normal alpaca. Other times, he looked like he suffered from “heavy head syndrome”, which is not a real malady, but it gives a good visual for how he comported himself […]

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A Learning Opportunity

It’s nice when everything “goes right”, but you don’t learn a thing! We have had 5 cria born to us: Ice Boy, Johnny Fleece, Black Jack, Stormy, and Sissy. Four of the five births went swimmingly. Some days we were there to see an uneventful, smooth, normal birth. On the day of hurricane Sandy, however, […]

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Welcome to the herd: “Stormy” Anderson and “Sissy” Anderson!

On Sunday afternoon, October 28, the day that Super Storm Sandy slammed the east coast, Bob assisted Cinderella in delivering a male cria. Baby’s fetlock was stuck and Bob gently eased it out facilitating his first alpaca birth. It was a rough start, but the cria is doing well, now. We agreed to call him “Stormy” (Anderson’s […]

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Alpacas Returning to West End Farmers Market!

We had a lovely day at the market last Saturday! The weather was beautiful and the alpacas were eating hay out of people’s hands. We are coming back to the West End Farmers Market with the alpacas this weekend! Willow and her cria, Black-Jack, were our fleecy guests. Willow, a dark brown 6 year year-old […]

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The Alpacas Are Coming to the West End Farmers Market

We are bringing some of our alpacas to the West End Farmer’s Market, this Saturday, October 20! Come and meet the critters! We will also have beautiful Peruvian hats, reversible mittens, boot-liners, fingerless gloves, and a glove/mitten mash-up called “glittens”. Maureen has crocheted more hats out of yarn from Cinderella and Killian. As usual, we have […]

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We’re Going to the Fair – The Virginia State Fair

Andersons Alpacas is going to be at the State Fair this Saturday, October 6th, in Young MacDonald’s Barn. We will be sharing the alpaca corner with fellow Alpaca Farmers Wes & Gabby Gauvin of Upright Alpaca Farm*. Bob & I are doing a fleece skirting demonstration and the Gauvins are bringing some of their new […]

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This Week at the West End Farmers Market from Andersons Alpacas

Just in! Low profile ankle socks: Enjoy alpaca socks year round, inside or out! This no-show stylish design has an alpaca terry loop knit sole for extra cushion. Reinforced Heel, Toe, and Arch-band for a proper fit. Hypo-allergenic, un-dyed, and odor resistant. Gloves: now in size small as well medium and large! Our mid-weight alpaca […]

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To Market, To Market

Our farmers market season begins this weekend! We will be at the West End Farmers Market on Saturday mornings this fall from 8am through noon. The market is located at 12450 Gayton Road, (Intersection of Gayton Road & Ridgefield Parkway). We send our fleece to the Alpaca Fiber Cooperative as well as to a local […]

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Been Busy Breeding

After spring shearing and birthing, the next alpaca farm activity is breeding. This spring and early summer, we have been busy breeding our open mature females. At the moment, we have three females for whom we are making breeding decisions: “is she ready”, “which herdsire”, and “which breeding system”. Today, I will address the readiness […]

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Shearing Atlas and Showering Salty Dog and Friends

  Yesterday, was shearing day on the farm. I have posted video of the shearing by Darrin & Andrew to You Tube. Atlas is the alpaca submitting to the haircut. He seems to fall asleep or go into some kind of deep relaxation during the process. When it is over, he has to be nudged and shaken […]

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