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Long Acres Alpaca Farm

Champion Breeding Stock, Fiber Males, Herd Management, Business Development

Michael & Sarah Donahoe
9703 Blue Spring RoadMercersburg, PA 17236
(717) 491.0036
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Thoughts on the Alpaca Industry 2014

I have been in the alpaca business for nine years and have been a supporter of the alpaca industry on multiple levels. I was prompted to write in response to the cover of the recent edition of Alpaca Culture featuring alpaca as meat. This is not to fault Alpaca Culture for covering the topic. In fact I applaud you for putting it in print. However I would like to address alpaca meat’s role in the overall alpaca industry in the US as of 2014.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Lessons learned on the farm*

• 80% of the work raising alpacas is observation!
• Lesser quality alpacas live forever!
• Alpacas know when you want to do something with them--such as show them to visitors!
• Alpacas think watering flowers is a waste of time and resources!
• Alpacas think we are their personal servants!
• Mating A Beautiful female to a handsome male does not guarantee a Champion offspring!
• It will turn cold the day you shear!
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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Not Quite A Horse Drawn Carriage....

Or a chariot made of gold! Here we are celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary gift to each other! Had this been our 1st year wedding gift, we might not have made it to 21. Lifestyles change. Fortunately this gift is new and not used!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

All in a day's work!

It's that time of year....time to put up hay. Mixed emotion of dreading the work and reveling in the completion. This year we're in the process of making our own hay. Up until now, we've rented our land since our area is extremely dry most summers and second cutting hay is a rarity. However, rising gas prices and a bleak economic outlook has caused us to rethink that approach. That coupled with the observation that alpaca breeders are one of few livestock farmers that don't raise their own read more...