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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Show Season

Well the spring show season is over (at least for me) and the alpacas are happy to be back home kicking up their legs and rolling around in the dirt!! Six alpacas traveled to the MOPAC show in Kansas City on March 29-30th. The following are the results of the alpacas that were taken to the show.
2nd Place - AHL's Chalco Beau - True Black Juvenile - Class size of 11
2nd Place - AHL's Wreadwood - Dark Brown Juvenile - Class of 6
2nd Place - Red Granite's MR Blazen Hot - Medium Brown Yearling - Class of 6
1st Place - AHL's Honey Dancer - Light Fawn Juvenile - Class of 6
1st Place and Color Champion - AHL Javelin's Spice Girl - Class of 18
AHL's Rock of Ages - did not place in a competitive white class

The grand show of all shows - The Futurity was held April 13-14th. This show draws farms from all over the country and there were several farms that were there that have hundreds of alpacas. To get ANY ribbon at this show is quite an accomplishment. Five alpacas traveled to the show with me (Sheri) and my parents. We had a good time and the good news for us was all five alpacas got ribbons!!
5th Place - AHL's Wreadwood
4th Place - Red Granite's MR Blazen Hot
3rd Place - AHL's Chalco Beau
2nd Place - AHL's Honey Dancer
2nd Place - AHL Javelin's Spice Girl - OF NOTE - SPICE GIRL CAME IN 2ND NOT ONLY TO THE COLOR CHAMPION BUT THE ALPACA THAT BEAT HER WAS ALSO THE FEMALE JUDGES CHOICE WINNER SO SHE HAD SOME REALLY STIFF COMPETITION!

Very proud of all the alpacas and their placement at the spring shows this year. Now the next item in 10 days for them to look forward to is shearing !!!

Enjoy the pictures here that are from the Futurity show - The pictures from the MOPACA show are listed under my photo albums.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Alpacas of the Heartland on KMTV - Channel 3 - Sept 24, 2013

Fort Calhoun, NE- Move over cattle, corn, and soybeans. Alpacas might be the new cash crop for Nebraska. Just ask Sherri and Mike Jacoby. She and her husband have been farmers for nine years.

"We were driving and saw this lady walking some kind of animal with a harness. I didn't know what it was. I told my husband to turn around, and when we got out- I though it was going to give us a kiss!" she said.

Jacoby says she immediately fell in love. The couple, with professional backgrounds in hospital pharmacy and construction found a new calling. Sherri says the medical care of the alpacas was easy with her pharmacy background, and Mike took care of the design and layout of the facilities.

"They're just such neat animals and it's hard not to like them," she said.

Alpacas look a lot like llamas, but they are not. An alpaca is a domesticated species of South American camel. It resembles a small llama. They're bred specifically for their fiber. Alpaca fiber is used for making knitted and woven items, similar to wool. Sherri sells her wool and a variety of items at a boutique above the farm.

Not all alpacas spit, but they can Sherri says. Spitting is mostly reserved for other alpacas.

The farm is celebrating National Alpaca Farm Days is September 28th and 29th from 9 AM-5 PM. Admission is free. They are located at 7016 County Road 39
Fort Calhoun, NE 68023.


Below is the link that you can copy and paste into the internet to watch the video!!!

http://kmtv.video.jrn.com?ndn.trackingGroup=90837&ndn.siteSection=ndn&ndn.videoId=25195755&freewheel=90837&sitesection=ndn&vid=25195755







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Monday, October 14, 2013

Pictures from National Alpaca Farm Day Free Open House on Sept 28th and 29th

National Alpaca Farm Day was a huge success once again this year. We had 1014 visitors over the weekend and went through over 70 pounds of carrots!! This was our sixth year participating in the event and each year it gets bigger and better. Everyone got time to spend with the alpacas, the weather was great, and many people were able to take home some wonderfully soft and unique alpaca gifts!!

Tammy Hughbanks from New Creations Photography was out both days and here are just a few of the awesome pictures she was able to capture for the weekend.

Mark your calendars now to come to the National Alpaca Open House next year. It will be held on September 27th and 28th!!!