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Posted on Mon, Dec 24, 2012 16:48

Quoting Curious2078:

Sounds good.  Give me a couple of days.  I'll try to find a way to  contact you and hopefully we can get something going.  

 

Pat



Curious,

I'll see what I can do on this end. Several have my address...I'll see if one of them will forward it to you.



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Posted on Mon, Dec 24, 2012 16:27

Voyager54,

Merry Christmas!!!

 

Francie



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Posted on Mon, Dec 24, 2012 16:26

Curious2078,

 

Merry Christmas!!

 

Francie



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Posted on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 19:49

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Most alpaca owners harvest the wool and spin and dye it themselves and then sell the skeins for 2 or 3 times if not more than what sheeps wool hand-harvested and spun and dyes could sell for. 

 

Alpaca wool is much finer and softer than sheep's wool.  It feels almost like silk when you rub a skein of it across your cheek.



Gee….that sounds really nice Pat.  Once they shear them….how do they spin the wool?  Is there some kind of machine that does that?  I mean....I've seen pictures of old timey spinning wheels, but surely that's not how it's still done.  Is there someplace where you can take the wool to have it cleaned and processed?  I have always wanted a loom and learn to weave.  Do you think Alpaca wool could be used for weaving?  However there really isn't much call for warm woolen shawls or vests in Texas.



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Posted on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 18:02

Quoting Windrider735:

Hi Couious,
Don't think spanking that bad boy will work, but if you get around to actually doing that...count me in just for shits and giggles.
 
I have a friend in Michigan who has a 'gourmet yarn shop', who is always looking for specialty fiber. If your neighbors are interested...I'll send you her information and maybe they can work something out about the fiber that would benefit both of them. She has clients who both dye and spin, so maybe that would help defray some of their cost.
 
You'd like her...before the economy slump, she was a global business consultant with an amazing talent for writing. The letters she sent me the last time she was in Japan, describing the business conference, had me rolling on the floor.
 
Raising any animal CAN be costly if you hire everything done, but not when you do most of the work yourself. Camelids are hearty, and I guess I don't count the time and care my animals require as a negative because it gives me so much pleasure. I have great vets who do what I can't do and have no problem with me doing what I can...which is considerable. It's just part of farming and having animals. Don't think V would have a problem at all...he knows his way around animals.



Sounds good.  Give me a couple of days.  I'll try to find a way to  contact you and hopefully we can get something going.  

 

Pat



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Posted on Sat, Dec 22, 2012 18:49

Quoting Diana3316:

And what do you plan to do with Alpacas? 



Most alpaca owners harvest the wool and spin and dye it themselves and then sell the skeins for 2 or 3 times if not more than what sheeps wool hand-harvested and spun and dyes could sell for. 

 

Alpaca wool is much finer and softer than sheep's wool.  It feels almost like silk when you rub a skein of it across your cheek.



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Posted on Sat, Dec 22, 2012 18:46

Quoting Dakota35:

Curious, did I ever tell you that I like you. :)

Isn't there some kind of Government subsidy for a alpaca business?  I know at one time there was.  Check in to it.

Get you a couple of Emu and a Camel while you are at it.

Isn't a alpaca just a small llama?  Don't they spit?



Oh, Dakota...  Too bad you're so much younger than I am.  My goodness, what fabulous music we could make together 'cause I like you too.

 

I don't know anything about Government subsidies for alpacas.  But I don't think an alpaca is just a small llama.  Could be.  I'd have to Google it, but I don't have time now. 

 

And I don't know if they spit.  My friend just up the road who has 6 or 7 alpacas currently has never said anything about spitting.  She has, though, talked about how some of her alpacas are amazingly affectionate.  It seems that each one has its own personality much like humans.  Some are loving, some are standoffish, some are just scamps who will "kiss" whoever feeds them. 



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Posted on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 23:43

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~Diana... Eat 'em, what else...   Alpaca omelets...I thought I'd start a nerw trend. Since I can't eat any nice humans, I may as well eat Alpacas.

 

~Pat~...Arrogant?...ME?...jeez, whatever gave you THAT idea?



Awww....V....you just haven't looked.  I'll bet you could find several humans that would let you eat them....if you tried.   lololol  *wink*



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Posted on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 13:33

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God almighty, you are an arrogant son-of-a-b***h, Voyager.  All of us should be allowed to whip you with a cat-o-nine-tails at least 3 times each.  You "act out" on here so terribly--you only remain on here because we all know you are a 3-year-old disguised as a grown man because you are scared out of your mind to give up your disguise and we feel sorry for a man who is in so much pain he can't even begin to deal with it.

 

I have two friends within 2 miles of me who keep alpacas.  The amount of time and work it takes to keep them healthy and thriving is incredible.  Not to mention the cost of having them sheared at least twice a year.  The wool they give, however, is amazingly fine and soft--much softer and more luxurious than sheep's wool.  But, given the current economy, selling that wool has proved problematic for both alpaca owners.  They both spin and dye their wools by hand, putting in enormous numbers of hours to do so, and, if you compensated that work at minimum wage, they'd be losing money for what they produce.

 

So much for alpacas. 



Curious, did I ever tell you that I like you. :)

Isn't there some kind of Government subsidy for a alpaca business?  I know at one time there was.  Check in to it.

Get you a couple of Emu and a Camel while you are at it.

Isn't a alpaca just a small llama?  Don't they spit?



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Posted on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 10:56

Quoting Curious2078:

God almighty, you are an arrogant son-of-a-b***h, Voyager.  All of us should be allowed to whip you with a cat-o-nine-tails at least 3 times each.  You "act out" on here so terribly--you only remain on here because we all know you are a 3-year-old disguised as a grown man because you are scared out of your mind to give up your disguise and we feel sorry for a man who is in so much pain he can't even begin to deal with it.

 

I have two friends within 2 miles of me who keep alpacas.  The amount of time and work it takes to keep them healthy and thriving is incredible.  Not to mention the cost of having them sheared at least twice a year.  The wool they give, however, is amazingly fine and soft--much softer and more luxurious than sheep's wool.  But, given the current economy, selling that wool has proved problematic for both alpaca owners.  They both spin and dye their wools by hand, putting in enormous numbers of hours to do so, and, if you compensated that work at minimum wage, they'd be losing money for what they produce.

 

So much for alpacas. 


Hi Couious,
Don't think spanking that bad boy will work, but if you get around to actually doing that...count me in just for shits and giggles.
 
I have a friend in Michigan who has a 'gourmet yarn shop', who is always looking for specialty fiber. If your neighbors are interested...I'll send you her information and maybe they can work something out about the fiber that would benefit both of them. She has clients who both dye and spin, so maybe that would help defray some of their cost.
 
You'd like her...before the economy slump, she was a global business consultant with an amazing talent for writing. The letters she sent me the last time she was in Japan, describing the business conference, had me rolling on the floor.
 
Raising any animal CAN be costly if you hire everything done, but not when you do most of the work yourself. Camelids are hearty, and I guess I don't count the time and care my animals require as a negative because it gives me so much pleasure. I have great vets who do what I can't do and have no problem with me doing what I can...which is considerable. It's just part of farming and having animals. Don't think V would have a problem at all...he knows his way around animals.



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Posted on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 22:29

Quoting Voyager54:

~Hope~...Snake in hay?...WTF...HUH?


My Dearest V~~

 

I once had a friend who owned beautiful horses. She was a "barrel chick".. (A differing type of barrel than me, as I am more referred to "barrel of monkeys!" Heehee)

 

Well, she had horses and she said she found the rattlesnakes would "hide in the hay..." 

 

So, the Princess never touched hay again! 

 

Well, I *might one day "roll" around in it... 

 

Heeheeheehee..

 

Leaves singing .. "Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail ... "

 

SNICKERS! ;)

 

LADY DI! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

 

PAT!! You rule the roost my lady!! Good to see you again!! ;) 



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Posted on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 19:21

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...Ok never mind...obviously this site is mostly made up of self professed city slickers and nary a single ccountry person on board.  Whatta waste. So please, do not respond to this blog of mine...go to the one about Christians or some other useless blog where nobody has a clue what the F is going on about anything.



God almighty, you are an arrogant son-of-a-b***h, Voyager.  All of us should be allowed to whip you with a cat-o-nine-tails at least 3 times each.  You "act out" on here so terribly--you only remain on here because we all know you are a 3-year-old disguised as a grown man because you are scared out of your mind to give up your disguise and we feel sorry for a man who is in so much pain he can't even begin to deal with it.

 

I have two friends within 2 miles of me who keep alpacas.  The amount of time and work it takes to keep them healthy and thriving is incredible.  Not to mention the cost of having them sheared at least twice a year.  The wool they give, however, is amazingly fine and soft--much softer and more luxurious than sheep's wool.  But, given the current economy, selling that wool has proved problematic for both alpaca owners.  They both spin and dye their wools by hand, putting in enormous numbers of hours to do so, and, if you compensated that work at minimum wage, they'd be losing money for what they produce.

 

So much for alpacas. 



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Posted on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 17:05

And what do you plan to do with Alpacas? 



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Posted on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 11:30

Yes .....Alpacas ...probably more your style!!!!!!!


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Posted on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 08:54

FIBER WINDY? Are we now speaking of Metamucil? LOLOL... ;)



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Posted on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 07:58

Sorry V...my boys are llamas. If you're looking for show animals, of course you're going to pay more. Like every other animal, you're paying for the bloodlines. Both Alpacas and Llamas are priced (graded) according to their fiber, but all of them are...if raised right...loving, intelligent and fun pets. Llamas are great herd guards, too. Nothing that goes on around this place goes unnoticed by my boys, and no one comes on the place without being checked out by one or the other. Being blue ribbon winners in a show ring doesn't make them any more lovable. Their fiber determines the cost in most cases...the wool brings good money if you have an established market...but spending a lot of money doesn't make any animal more lovable or a better companion. . .search farm buys then ask for alpacas for sale...just checked and they have some beautiful animals for very little if you're willing to have them shipped. You might also want to check out alpaca rescues. Adopting is always my first choice. You not only make things better for an animal who has gone through hell at the hands of an abusive or neglectful owner, but you enrich your own life with the love and loyalty only an animal can give. NY has several rescues. You won't be disappointed, no matter how you aquire one...there's just something about Camelids that melts your heart. If women had their eyes, you men wouldn't stand a chance!

 

You wanted to know about alpaca upkeep. Camelid care is pretty easy and basic. Routine worming and nail trims when needed, shearing in the spring, good hay, a place to get out of bad weather when/if they take a fancy (which is seldom, with my llamas) and a lot of love. Oh yeah...lots and lots of treats. My boys favor whole oats, carrots, apple treats, most fresh veggies and fruits and oak leaves...but only from my favorite trees. Not sure about alpacas, but llamas like Canada thistle flowers and garden flowers...favorites will depend on the amount you paid for them. They'll start disappearing with the ones you paid the most for.



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Posted on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 04:47

Your little unedu-ma-cated Elf Princess had NO CLUE what this was.. so I looked it up! Man do I love and live by ! ;)

 

They are adorable!! I don't think WINDY has any... She has those cute little horses that aren't horses. She's sent me pics. They are adorable as well. I want to go visit her farm sometime, but I'm not going to put my hand in the hay cuz thats where snakes hide! ;)


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