The end of a year and a beginning of another year. This is when we look back on the things that worked and things that didn't work for the farm. We decided to sell the goats. In fact at this time, I have people coming to take a few home. We just decided that they weren't for us anymore. We had goats for a few years and we can say that we tried them. Now we are ready to go in a new direction with the farm. But for once in my life, I'm going to take it slow. I'm not going to jump right into the next "best" thing. I'm going to fix fences, I'm going to clean out our "barn"(little building) and study all of the possibilities out there. In fact just this past weekend, Hubby and I went to visit an alpaca farm.
Now we aren't going to jump right in and get alpacas. Although these little things are CUTE!!!! We are just looking at different ways that we can go. We did find out that you just shear them once a year. Their fleece is extremely soft!!!! They don't have hooves, they have feet with toe nails. Once a year , in early spring, someone comes and shears them, cuts their toenails, and if they need it, work on their teeth. Hubby really likes the idea that he doesn't have to trim hooves every other month.
Look at those ears!!!
And that face!!!!
And the colors!
I thought this little girl was just soooo cute! The body of these alpacas are not as big as you think. If I was to shear them, they wouldn't be half as wide as they look. They are almost all fluff.
I just love the color of this big boy. He thinks he's pretty too.
This one fell in love with Hubby. See, they aren't very tall are they?
I did learn that there is a spinning guild an hour away from the farm. I'm planning on visiting them when they have their next meeting at the end of Jan. I can't wait! I want to learn as much as I can about spinning and fiber in general.
With this "field trip" under our belt, we will move on to the next thing to learn about. I'll keep you up to date on what we decide to look at next.
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl