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Alpaca Farm Days – Sep. 27-28, 2014…

2014 Alpaca Farm DaysJoin us on September 27-28, 2014 for National Alpaca Farm Days! We’ll be having our Open House and the Grand Opening of our new Visitor’s Center! We’ll be open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday and welcome all visitors. Bring the family to enjoy a new and unique experience at one of the largest alpaca ranches in the state.

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Crias – Spring 2014…

Spring Crias - 2014Well, the 2014 birthing season is upon us and we’ve already got three munchkins on the ground – all boys so far! While we were hoping to get a better male-female ratio than our 2013 batch, which was 7 boys to 3 girls, we’re not having much success on that so far! We’re just happy to be having healthy cria!

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We Got the Blues at the 2014 California Classic…

We Got the Blues at the 2014 California ClassicWe took our three new boys to the California Classic and came away with the blues. Blue Ribbons.

Each of the boys, Sebastian, Lance and Chupulu, won First Place in their respective classes, adding to their already very long list of ribbons and banners. They impressed a lot of competitors as well as visitors! Sebie was a favorite for photos with the general public – no doubt he’s already gracing many a Facebook profile pic!

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Spring Additions – New Champion Herdsires

Spring Additions - New Champion Herdsires...For the Spring breeding season, we’ve brought in some new Champions and Blue Ribbon winners to have the honors. With three young silver grey studs (two of them multi-champs), and one truly epic fawn boy (whose EPDs are amazing), we’re planning to make leaps and bounds in improving our herd quality (and you should probably take the opportunity to do the same while these guys are at low intro prices).

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Fall Breedings – Finally Done!!!

Fall 2014 Breedings Finally Done at Epic AlpacasWhile we still wait for the last two crias to be born from what was our “Fall” batch (please note, it’s January now), we have finally wrapped up our breeding season. We’ve had a very successful one, breeding nearly 30 of our girls to our herdsires, as well as some fine outside studs.

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New Herdsires Join the Epic Alpacas Herd…

New Herdsires Join the Epic Alpacas HerdThis week has brought some amazing additions to the the Epic herd – two new silver grey herdsires, both sons of some of the top greys in the nation, and both superb studs in their own right. Welcome Morning Star’s Don Diego and Avatar’s Avalance!

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Fall Crias Are a-Comin!!!

Fall Crias Are a-Comin at Epic AlpacasThe Fall crias started in October, with Cassie being born to Emily, then we had a month long pause while all the girls decided to clam up and keep their babies to themselves. Cassie is doing great and putting on tons of weight and is a bundle of energy (with some amazing crimpy fiber). Today, while going through a couple breedings to our new grey herdsire, Cinco, we noticed our guard llama, Tina, was in some distress. We checked her out to find that she was in labor and the little cria’s head was out, but no feet!

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New Additions to the Epic Herd!!!

New additions to Epic AlpacasThis weekend, we added 11 fantastic new alpacas to our herd, bringing them in from the great Sierra Nevada Ranch grey breeding program. Two of the girls are being sent off to the legendary Derwydd ranch for immediate Fall 2013 breedings to Derwydd’s multi-champion super studs, Manchu and American Iron! We are very excited to be adding in all these animals with such great genetics, including 27-time award winner BRF Casanova’s Silver Jewel!

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2013 Histograms Are In!!!

2013 HistogramsWe’re assembling the data for the 2013 reports and they’ll get posted this week. AT the top of the list were a couple of our grey “futures” with herdsire Socrates pulling in great numbers with an AFD of 17.7, SD of 4.2, >30 at 0.6% and a Mean Curvature of 49.5. Lady Greyknight, one of our yearling grey girls, gave us an AFD of 17.5 with an SD of 4.1, >30 of 1.2% and a Mean Curvature of 43.1. Those two will be making some beautiful babies together in the coming years!

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First Cria of 2013

First Epic Alpacas Cria HyperionThe first male cria born here at the ranch, Hyperion, came at about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19 to the proud mom, Nutmeg. He was a whopping 18.4 lbs. and healthy as can be. The birth was trouble-free and he’s nursing and doing great – he’s already over 25 lbs after 10 days!

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