Thursday, July 06, 2017
Long time since doing this. Our herd is getting older, as we are, and we have had some reductions in our number of animals. We had a really nice "Beauregard" who finally had to be put down due to aggresive cancer. We also lost Zorba last year and so on. We are thinking we should continue to focus on the fiber aspect of things.
We still have our store even though we are looking for a smaller property. I don't know how many of you out there see this blog these days, but for you...
Sunday, May 08, 2016
Thinking about how long we have been in the alpaca world, how we got into it, and the alpaca world has changed over the years since we started. So, we might start a somewhat regular blog entry talking about this-stay tuned!
Friday, January 22, 2016
Here it is 2016 and hope you are all looking for a good one, I know we are.
Last year could have been better for us. Noreen had medical issues, we lost two alpacas and had to put down another (never easy when you are attached to them). We did sell alpacas and so that sort of made up for the losses. On the bright side, Noreen is doing quite well and our critters are doing well too. We now have our "Andresen Acres Yarn and Gift Shop" up and running.
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Yes, I said Christmas and we have a lot to celebrate.
Noreen recently had some surgery and not long after that she had a minor stroke; perhaps related to the surgery but not really sure. The best part is that she is now doing very well and is up and running and her self again!
We are also excited that our shop is now complete and now open each Friday and Saturday afternoon from 12:00 - 5:00. We have expanded what we have to include mo...
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Just don't know where the time goes! Still want to tell about our yarn awards (not tall tales). But first, - we continue to work on our little outlet on our place. It's improving and we think we might be able to open it up later for the fall season-sort of like a fruit stand for alpaca related stuff.
Even though the alpaca market appears to be not what it was, we did sell many nice girls and still have interest through our website as well as Livestock of America. I rea...
Saturday, July 04, 2015
Time goes so fast and I don't keep up on this the way I should or want to; just need to create the time to be more regular!
So much has happened since the last last entry-sold some animals, had to put two down, one of our dear dogs died and is really missed, and so on. We are focusing on maintaining a small but excellent herd with outstanding fiber so as to offer some of the best yarn available. Along these lines, we have been honored to have received some awards for our yarn...
Friday, May 15, 2015
When it's all said and done, alpacas are about the fiber.
Over the years since they were imported to the U.S., this seems to have only sort of been the focus of the alpaca industry. There was so much interest in these new "exotic" animals that the "specialty" of them became a significant factor. The show circuit became the focus. Ribbons are the thing-right?
Well-yes and no. The show circuit has it's place as with other livestock. It's an integral c...
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
This last Sunday we opened our place for Mother's Day. We've done this for roughly 5 or more years now but skipped last year, went out of town and spent the time with family.
This year was a little different. We have been working on a small structure to store and display alpaca stuff-yarn, socks, handmade scarves, caps, etc. as well as peg looms and weaving implements. The structure is small and not yet really completed but it's done enough to be up and running. So, w...
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Every time I sit down to the blog entry I'm amazed at how long it's been since the last one! Also how the subject of the day changes. These days it seems to be the proposed merger of ARI and AOBA (nothwithstanding national politics). We have had alpacas since the late 90's and have been mambers of both organizations at times and more recently just ARI. We have always supported ARI and believe it is an essential organization. I understand the argument that consolidation could bring efficie...
Monday, March 18, 2013
Married 52 years with many more to come! Four super kids, a bunch of great grandkids, lots of stories, and a bunch of alpacas have made for great times. It's hard to believe that we have been raising alpacas for close to the last decade and a half. So here we are, still going strong (not as fast as before), enjoying our family, and some great local friends we have gained from having alpacas. This truly is a great "lifestyle". It is also a good time to look at how the alpaca industry has change...
Saturday, March 02, 2013
Starting Tuesday, April 7, 2013 we will have four lovely ladies in the the new Alpaca Infinity Dutch Auction. To learn more please go to http://www.alpacainfinity.com/Auctions/!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
I thought it would be good to use this heading as I haven't been here for some time. We have been busy with a little girl alpaca that is boarded on our place that has not been able to gain much weight. At about a year old she still weighs a little more than 50 pounds. Her owner has gone to great lengths to resolve this with the vet and we are still working on it. I will try to keep up and talk about new info on this. On another subject that is political...we will try to be neutral on th...
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since we did anything with this blog! So much has happened and I'm still getting used to the idea of doing this. We told you about Andresen's Rogue and the ribbons he's won and how great a young guy he is. Well, he finally figured out what girls are about and did a very successfull breeding last week. We put him together with a maiden we sold last year, Andresen's Willo, who has excellent fiber and conformation. The baby should be truly outstanding...
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
A while back I was out feeding the alpacas when the power company meter reader drove up. We exchanged the typical "hows things" small talk and he found the animals to be interesting. "Are they those pacaderms?" he asked. "Well", I said, "they are alpacas, a close cousin to the Llama, we raise them for their fiber, and they have a fairly short nose". He was a very nice fellow and hopefully didn't take offense at my attempt at humor. Time to scoop poop!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
John and Noreen have now included a testimonials page on our website; it's my job to gather the info for it. Fortunately, I have had a very positive response from our customers and have already received a very nice/glowing write up and have posted it. Hopefully this will result in increased animal sales. It seems that there is a lot of uncertainty about the economy and folks are being very carefull as a result. A real advantage for the buyer is that this is probably an excellent time to make a ...
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Haven't done this recently, maybe Sunday will be a little more relaxed. There are some subjects I want to cover (Feedback from customers, pricing, marketing, etc.) but don't have time now. Need to attend a SOJAA board meeting and will have to leave in about an hour. Time to scoop poop.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Well, it's still cold with a little snow, but enough to make the poop scooping tough. Problem is, we are still doing the potty training thing and taking Maggie out in the middle of the night and it is a real cold wake-up call for us seniors! The alpacas don't seem to mind the cold but when the heavy rain comes in it will be a another story. It's good that they have shelter and a barn. Snow reminds me of politicians-good at snow jobs. Time to scoop poop.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Well, after many moons of cold and dry we now have snow. I know the snowpack is way down but it sure makes it hard to scoop poop. They say this should last until Wednesday and then turn to rain. Winter is my least favorite season. Maggie, the new puppy likes it though. Oops! Time to scoop poop!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Maggie came to live with us a couple of day ago. She is a ten week old Border Collie mix. The mother is Border Collie but she looks more like a lab. She is very smart, active, and cute. The alpacas and Rosie, our cat, are not at all sure about her, but that will change. Several people have asked us if we are crazy for getting a puppy at our age and I must say that they are right. We spend a great deal of time with training, but this will change and we would not trade her for any thing. Not...
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Andresen's Rogue's fleece won the blue ribbon in the White Juvenile class (10 entries), the White Championship (35 enties) and Judges Choice. Needless to say we are very very pleased. We are excited about Andresen's Rogue because he has the conformation and temperment to match his fleece.