The first of our two expected Spring cria arrived on May 23! King Leonidus' Tiny Dancer came in at 14 lbs, 2 ozs and was on her feet in 30 minutes and nursing shortly thereafter. Her mom - Inspiration's Keep the Faith - is a fabulous mom like her mother and grandmother before her (both still on our farm). Dancer is light fawn and was already running around the pasture just the day after she was born.
It's been a busy Spring! In late April we attended the Mid-Atlantic Alpaca Breeder's (MAPACA) Jubilee in Harrisburg, PA and walked away with two 2nd place ribbons. The day after the show we had our herd sheared by Jay Mariacher and his crew harvesting over 90 lbs of fleece. We've already received our herd's fiber analysis from this Spring's shearing and 16 of our 18 alpacas had average fiber diameters (AFD) between 18 and 26 microns. AFD is a measure of fineness which basically translates into how soft yarn made with this fiber feels. 18 to 26 microns is ideal because it feels very soft yet is still "thick" enough to be spun easily by the mill. Meanwhile, yarn from our 2017 shearing is now labeled and ready for sale at our farm store, and at the Waynesboro "Market at the Park" on Saturday mornings beginning Memorial Day weekend.
Last, but certainly not least, we are on cria watch! We're expecting two alpaca babies in the VERY near future. Why not plan a visit to the farm later this Spring to check them out? While you're here you can watch our three 6 month old boys romp and play in the pasture! They are quite a sight. Just give us a call to set up a visit - no charge!
We are Jay & Kathy Brown of Sugar Hollow Farm Alpacas in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. Learn more about us here.