Check out all the new things happening on the farm! This month: highlights from our Annual Shearing, Nightsong blogs, and more show ribbons!
2019 Shearing a Great Success!
On Saturday, April 6 we had our annual Shearing Event! It was a busy day for all and we welcomed approximately 250 guests to the farm to view our shearing, with buses running every half hour, along with morning and afternoon shearing tour/hayrides.
The staff started at 6:00 a.m. getting ready and by the time the first bus of guests arrived, the shearer and his two helpers had found their rhythm and sheared our 14 mamas-to-be. Overall, we sheared our entire herd of 82 alpaca. We estimate our harvest this year to be somewhere between 750 and 1,000 pounds of fiber. Needless to say, our alpacas are ready for the heat of summer. Just in time too, given the rise in temperature and humidity.
A big shout out goes to our volunteers, who provided tremendous support to keep the process moving. We could not have done it without you!
Follow Our Blog: The Nightsong Chronicles!
Nightsong, our youngest cria, has much to say about the goings on at Fox Wire Farm of Toano and just launched her own blog, The Nightsong Chronicles!
Her topics will range far and wide from the viewpoint of a cria (that’s a baby alpaca) growing up on the farm. When interviewed, she indicated that she expected to not only provide firsthand insight into what it’s like to be a young alpaca, but also wanted to invite guests from the other stables, pastures, pens, and coops to provide a broader view of life at Fox Wire Farm. She summed it up eloquently by stating with a twinkle in her eye, “Alpacas rule, but the rest are pretty cool, too!”
Aurion and Seastar Working on Their Show Creds
March 30 and 31, Laura Hineman, co-owner at Fox Wire Farm of Toano, took Aurion and Seastar on the road again for another show. The Heart of Virginia Alpaca Show in Lexington, Virginia is an annual event we participate in with our young alpaca.
We’re happy to report Aurion brought home Fourth in the White Juvenile Male Halter Competition. Seastar placed Third in the White Juvenile Walking Fleece Competition. Congratulations, kids!