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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Shearing Days 2016

We will be shearing our alpacas Saturday and Sunday, April 16th and 17th this year. Please feel free to come observe, or volunteer, for this exciting day. See our beautiful alpacas in their full fleece one last time and check out each alpaca's confirmation once shorn. We will begin at 7:00 a.m. each morning.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 in Review

January we signed a 5 year lease at 5 Windy’s Farm Road to start building our farm.

February was spent cleaning up the property, sighting a spot for the barn and paddocks, leveling the land and sighting where the garden would go.

The cleaning continued in March. We began planting the garden, renovating the old chicken coop, and broke ground on our new barn. Mom went to TxOlan-March 1-3, Mom and I went to a Fleece Seminar in Show Low, AZ March 16-17.

In April we received 13 baby chicks, David spoke at the Socorro Fiber Guild meeting, we sheared on April 14, continued building the barn and planting more in the garden. Our first cria of the season, Shady Lady, was born on the 28th.

May David bought a 21’ travel trailer so he could spend more time at the farm. Our second cria, Dimo, was born on the 13th. Chris from Classic Alpaca came to our house and we loaded up on retail product.

We began working on fencing in the paddock around the barn in June. Keeping the weeds out of our garden became a full-time job and David began selling our produce and fiber at the Socorro Farmers’ Market. June was also filled with emotions as Nieve had a stillborn on the 23 and two days later Misty Rose was born. We sold our first alpaca, Tootsie Roll.

On July 4th we discovered that one of our junior males, Gringo, was bit by rattlesnake. This was another huge learning curve for us. He pulled through fine and is doing well. Carmelita was born on the 12th.

August 3rd we attended the New Mexico Alpaca Breeders Meeting in Santa Fe. Toward the end of the month Kathy went to “Education with a Destination” in Oregon and visited several farms.

In September we had three cria born: Billy the Kid on the 5th, Zella on the 16th, and Clea on the 19th. Unfortunately, Zella passed away on the 19th. We participated in National Alpaca Farm Days the last weekend of the month too.

October brought some much appreciated cooler weather. As the garden began to fade we once again stocked up on retail product for the holidays.

November was quiet on the farm. Retail sales were good during Festival of the Cranes with visitors from around the world. Zuza, the fourth alpaca we had purchased, suddenly passed away on the 19th due to a tumor on her pancreases – another sad moment in our journey.

December retail sales demonstrated that our name is getting out there. We incubated some of our chicken eggs for a Christmas hatch. Now we have 14 new chicks added to the flock. Mom and I went to the Hi-Plains Alpaca Show in Amarillo, TX. The last week of December we fenced the south pastures with no-climb horse panels. Christmas Eve was a huge day for us, we received a letter from ARI stating Raindance’s White Cloud was in the Top 5 EPD Trait Leaders! Quite a year.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Truly Thankful

We'd just got back to our farm from a Thanksgiving respite at Aspen Ridge Alpacas, only to find a new female cria nursing from Tayna. She's all brown except for a small white spot on the tip of her nose. Another miracle to be grateful for.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

National Alpaca Farm Days 2012

Our Three Little Helpers

Our Three Little Helpers

We had a surprising turn out from the community this weekend. We had over 100 people sign our guest book on Saturday and well over 50 on Sunday. Congratulations to Barbara Skodon who won the drawing for a beautiful 100% Baby Alpaca Scarf.

It was a great experience as we all pitched in and greeted everyone as they arrived. David, Kathy, and Larry spent most of the day in the paddocks introducing our girls to the visitors while Ixchel, Iriana, and Ithan offered peppermints and pellets to our guests and showed them how to feed the alpacas. Gwen demonstrated and taught those that wanted to make their own felted soap, Jan spun over 500 yards of Outlaw's fleece while answering the many questions about this luxurious fiber, and Joe managed our barn store - selling mainly? You guessed it - felted soap. Larry also grilled hotdogs for all our volunteers and guests.

Puerta del Sol Alpacas wishes to extend our gratitude to all our guests and thank you for coming out to meet our alpacas this weekend. We would also like to thank Karen Bailey Bowman and the El Defensor Chieftain for their feature article about our alpaca operation here in Socorro, NM. We also thank the Socorro Chamber of Commerce for promoting our event. And a special thanks to Larry Van Landingham who makes sure that everything runs smoothly and keeps us all balanced.
And the winner is ...

And the winner is ...

Felting Soap

Felting Soap

Spinning Away

Spinning Away


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Zuza's New Cria

Today Zuza gave birth to her first cria, a baby girl. She arrived at 08:40 and weighed 14.5 pounds. Larry was there to record the moment.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Val's New Cria

Val and new cria boy

Val and new cria boy

Val gave birth to a healthy male cria this morning sometime between 11:30 and 11:45. Mom and cria are doing just fine. We are over the moon that all went well.
Val and new cria

Val and new cria


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Winter Wheat

Winter Wheat

Winter Wheat

Last week they baled and sold the winter wheat. Next Larry planted Sudan and Orchard Grass.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Twitter

In an effort to expand our social media presence we set up a Twitter account today. You can follow us at PDSA1.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Checking in on our well

Kathy and Larry went down to Carrizozo to turn on the water for the shrubs we planted last summer and to check in on the well. We still don't have electricity and need Hydrotech Drilling to come back with a generator large enough to pump it clean.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Looking Ahead

Larry hard at work.

Larry hard at work.

We've come to realize that our biggest expense at the moment is feed. So we decided to plant our own hay.

A view from above.

A view from above.

Kathy hard at work.

Kathy hard at work.