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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

And so it begins

In December of 2016 I started thinking about becoming part of the wonderful world of Alpacas. I got online and searched for local farms knowing absolutely nothing and after our first visit I was sure that this was something I wanted to do. It became apparent rather quickly that it was not going to be easy to realize the dream...for starters my home was on 2 acres not zoned for livestock so the biggest hurdle was the horror that comes with selling and moving houses. I kept visiting farms (I think I stopped counting at a dozen), attending seminars and alpaca shows and just generally educating myself as best I could. December 2017 I was finally ready to start getting serious. The house went on the market (and stayed there for 6 months....ergo the reference to the horror of selling a house) and in the meantime the search for new premises was on. Six months and two failed contingency contracts later, the farm that is the new home to New Groove Alpacas came on the market and things all finally fell into place. Settlement and moving was in the hottest part of July (something I was trying to avoid but didn't quite manage). August was spent prepping the farm for animals. In it's past life the property was home to a Standardbred racing stable and after that to pleasure and 4H horses. The sellers however had no animals on the farm for the three years they were there and the animal facilities were somewhat neglected. Not only has there been a boatload of cleanup but the old horse post and rail with electric wire fencing had to all be removed to make way for alpaca appropriate fencing. In the Spring I selected a wonderful Mentor farm and purchased several animals from them. Now the dream is very nearly a reality as alpaca fencing goes up at the new farm next week and 3 of my 4 my girls (#4 is in the 'family way' and due mid October so she will be staying put for awhile on my mentors farm) will hopefully be coming home at the end of the month. I will try to keep this page updated as best I can with our adventures into this strange but wonderful new world.