There is nothing we love more than sharing our alpacas with visitors and people interested in owning and breeding these wonderful peaceful creatures.
There is nothing that frustrates us more than people that show up at the farm without an appointment, unannounced and unprepared to raise alpacas.
We offer farm tours and education BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. We have other things going on in our lives, so PLEASE ask in advance if we can spend time with you to show you the alpacas, talk about them and show you some of the awesome products that they help to produce. We want YOU to get the best experience you possibly can ... we can't do that if we are unprepared or rushed because of time constraints.
So ..... CALL,EMAIL OR FACEBOOK MESSAGE US.
Plan to spend between 1 - 2 HOURS at the farm.
Children MUST be with an adult AT ALL TIMES. ~ Please keep them focused on the visit so they don't wander off to other parts of the farm where they could be injured. We have a creek with a very deep and rocky bank as well as personal belongings that they should not be near.
NO PETS ALLOWED ~ Our alpacas are not used to unfamiliar dogs and they will view it as a threat which will make them hide in the barn or be very cautious about coming close to the fence so that you can see them. We don't have a Livestock Guardian Dog, but we do have a family pet which we will keep contained while you are here.
Clothing / Footwear ~ We are a working farm with very rocky ground. We have fences and gates that sometimes have rough spots. Although we can not predict the behavior of our alpacas, please be aware that they sometimes spit, mostly at one another. If by chance you get into the crossfire, you won't like it. We advise that you might want to bring an extra shirt in case this happens, unless you are returning immediately back home. The ground is uneven and rocky. Please make sure that EVERYONE in your party has comfortable CLOSED TOE shoes that can be cleaned. If you have muck boots, those are even better. Since we are a working farm there will be dirt, mud, rocks AND POOP that you will have to step over and around during your visit.
At the completion of your visit, we will take you into the lower level of our home where there are alpaca products for sale. This includes Yarn, Rugs, Toys and handmade items. Our product sales are how we support the farm and help defer the cost of shearing the alpacas each spring.
You will need:>
• >A skirting table. >
• >Alpaca Prime Blanket, preferably noodled. >
• >Tweezers >
• >Credit Card or Small piece of stiff cardboard >
• >Postage Scale with bowl or basket for weighing>
• >1 Gallon Zip Lock Bag >
• >A copy of the ARI Certificate for the Alpaca entered in the Spin Off >
• >A color photo, no larger than 4 x 6, of the alpaca, preferably in full fleece.>
• >A copy of the registration for the show >
• >Fleece tag from the show registration site. >
1. >Spread your blanket out on the table, cut side up.>
2. >Examine the blanket for a prime location to pull a sample. Fleece should be AT LEAST 3” per AOA Show Book.>
3. >Select a sample of fiber from the prime section of the blanket. This would be the center of the side of the alpaca where you would>
take a fiber sample from for a histogram.
4. >Select a relatively large area of the fiber using your best judgment of between 2 – 3 ounces.>
Once you have done this several times you will get to know the amount you need based on the density of your alpaca.
5. >Tare your scale. >
a. >Place a bowl or basket on the scale. This will be used to hold the fiber. >
b. >Turn the scale and then push the Tare button. The scale should set to zero.>
6. >Place the fiber you have selected into the basket or bowl. Make sure you have AT LEAST 2.5 oz>
7. >Check for any second cuts or nubs from the shearing. >
a. >Gather the sample together and hold tightly in your fist. Cut side between thumb and forefinger.>
b. >Take the credit card and “swipe” it several times across the cut end of the fibers.>
Firm enough to loosen any nubs but not pull the fibers up.
c. >Grab another section and repeat. DO NOT separate from the bundle. Keep sample together as best you can during this process.>
8. >Place your sample in the 1 Gallon Bag.>
9. >Weigh the sample on your postal scale. Make sure you have between 2 -3 ounces of fiber.>
Over 3 Ounces is not encouraged, fewer than 2 or over 4 will get you point deductions.
10. >Remove the sample from the bag and clean it of all vegetable matter.>
a. >Grab the sample by the cut end, holding it tightly; shake it and pat it with your other hand to remove loose dirt and debris.>
Bounce it on your table a few times until most of the dust and dirt is gone.. Again, keeping the sample together as best you can.
b. >Put the sample on your table, cut side up. Carefully open the bundles and using the tweezers, remove any debris that is left.>
Be careful not to disrupt the structure of the fleece, lock structure and bundling.
c. >Flip the sample over and repeat step b.>
d. >Keep flipping and cleaning until you are satisfied with cleanliness of the sample. >
11. >Carefully arrange the sample into it’s natural shape. Gather it into your fist and insert it into the 1 gallon zip lock bag. >
If your bag has a white box for writing, put the outside of the fiber (the dirty side) to that side of the bag.
Remember your sample will be graded on First Impression 5 Points So you want the clean pretty side to show the most !
12. >Insert your 4 x 6 photo and Fleece Tag on the dirty side of the fiber inside the bag.>
13. >Compress the fiber if needed to fit into your shipping container. Zip the bag closed. >
a. >DO NOT WRITE ON THE BAG or THE PHOTO ! >
14. >Make sure your shipping container is large enough to accommodate your ARI certificate UNFOLDED.>
You can roll them up and secure with a small piece of tape or paper clip. The Medium size flat rate USPS Priority boxes are exactly
the same size as the ARI. They will hold up to 6 -8 samples if you compress them enough.
15. >Place your ARI certificates, Samples, Payment (if paying by check) and a copy of your registration forms into the shipping container. Address the container and put it in the mail so that it is post marked BEFORE the deadline.>
Wait for the show ! Your samples and Ribbons will be mailed back to you, if you requested / paid for that.
Most arrive within 2 weeks after the show date.
Author: Marjorie Phipps ~ Barnett’s Creek Farm, LLC ~ Liberty, KY
Our products are available through several venues. The variety changes and many items are OOAK ( One Of A Kind ).
We also sell on Amazon and at local events. Check out our Events page to see where we will be appearing next. If you are local .... please drop us an email or give us a call about visiting the farm to purchase a product and save on shipping !