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Inside the alpaca industry

Monday, October 12th, 2015

The Alpaca Owners Association recently produced a video titled “Inside the Alpaca Industry” which is intended to be an introduction to alpacas and alpaca farming. The video – which is about 8 minutes long – covers several topics including the different types of alpacas, alpaca fiber and fiber processing, alpaca shows, alpaca registry and expected progeny difference (EPD) program and alpaca breeding. Click below to watch.


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Champion True Black Herdsire!

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Thorn Hill Alpacas is pleased to partner with Cedar Brook Alpacas to offer Incan Treasure – a champion true black herdsire. If you are looking to add color and quality to your herd you should definitely consider Incan Treasure who not only took first place at the 2009 Nationals but has also gone on to produce numerous award-winning offspring which is the true test of a herdsire. Contact us to schedule a mobile breeding!

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Molly’s cria breaks her leg

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Last year we bred our true black female Molly to an outstanding male at Magical Farms (MFI Prepaid) so we were very excited that Molly recently had a female cria. I had noticed that this cria was particularly active charging around the fields like I’d never seen and I remember thinking to myself if she doesn’t slow down she’s gonna hurt herself. I guess I tempted the fates because about a month ago she showed up lame hopping around on 3 legs. An initial field exam by a vet suggested a sprain type of injury rather than a fracture and we decided to let her rest and see if things improved. After several weeks with no significant improvment we finally took her into the vet’s office for an x-ray where it was confirmed that she actually did have a fracture in her front left leg. The fracture is small and very high up on her leg bone near her body so it was decided that it would not be practical to fit her with a cast. The fracture is already showing signs of healing and we think another few weeks of general rest will be all that is needed. At least that is what we are hoping for!
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The twins get a new home

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Congratulations to Barbara and Ed Revette on their purchase of our twins – Edelweiss and El Dorado. The twins were delivered to Barb and Ed today and are settling right in. Barbara spins her own yarn from alpaca fiber and knits baby garments which are in high demand. Now she has her own source of fiber!

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Dasha’s 2013 cria

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Dasha was bred to Summerhill El Duro’s Magnum last fall – a 12x Champion and 3x Judge’s Choice. Recently Dasha had her cria – a fawn boy. This little guy has extraordinary fiber. It has that ‘popcorn’ look on the outside and when you touch him you feel little knobs of fiber. We’re looking forward to watching this guy as he develops. Little doubt he’ll be in our show string next fall.

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Ana enters performance classes at 2013 Big E

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

At the 2013 Big E alpaca show, Ana entered 4 performance classes (showmanship, PR, obstacle and costume) and earned three 1st place ribbons and one 2nd place ribbon. The picture below is from the Costume Class in which the exhibitor dresses themselves and their alpaca in a costume and creates a short story to match. The class is judged on the originality and complexity of the costume and how well the alpaca tolerates the costume. It’s all for fun and Ana certainly had that! She’s already looking forward to next years event.

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Creme de Cocoa

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Breeding for color this season? Creme de Cocoa would be an excellent choice as a sire. Click the link below for more information on what Cocoa can add to your breeding program.

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Hudson Valley Yarn Crawl

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Our farm store will be open 10am – 4pm this Saturday & Sunday for the Hudson Valley Yarn Crawl. We will have alpaca yarn and finished products available as well as our popular felted soaps. Plus just in time for spring we’ll have nesting balls filled with alpaca fiber. Hang one in your backyard so birds can use the fiber to build their springtime nests.

We hope to see you this weekend!

felted soap, hand made olive oil soap felted with alpaca fiber

Three fine females…plus an incentive!

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

We’re proud to offer 3 fine females for sale. One is bred to a 12x Champion and the other two will be ready for initial breedings this spring. Follow the link below for more information about each of these girls. Mention this blog entry and receive the incentive described in the link!

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Blanca places 4th at the 2012 Green Mountain Spectacular

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Earlier this month Blanca entered her third show – the 2012 Green Mountain Spectacular. In a very competitive class of beige yearlings Blanca placed 4th behind two Snowmass Elite Legend girls and a girl from AAR Bradford who is a 3x Champion himself. We’re very pleased that Blanca is standing next to females from some truly elite males and we look forward to taking her cria to the next level!

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