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Rolling Rock Ranch Alpacas

Rob Shepherd & Michael James
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323-286-3169 (Rob)
818-653-2968 (Michael)
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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Princess Pumpkin the Pocket Alpaca Book

We are extremely excited to announce the completion and Pre-Order of the Princess Pumpkin the Pocket Alpaca children's Book.

Princess Pumpkin the Pocket Alpaca, the book, is an inspired and whimsical children's story for ages 4 to 7. It contains 29 full-color illustrations that tell the story of a small, rejected, impish and real-life little alpaca born too small to survive at only 5 1/2 pounds (most baby alpacas are born 15-20 pounds). Adopted by humans and raised as a Princess, sh read more...

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Princess Pumpkin the Pocket House Alpaca

"I've found hay heaven!"

Update on Pumpkin's Progress...
Sat. was a milestone day for our sweet Princess Pumpkin and frankly a huge relief for us as alpaca parents. At a little over 3 months old, Pumpkin is now 30 pounds. That may not sound like a lot for 3 month old cria, but she was born 5.5 pounds and went spend the first weeks of her life getting excited over a few ounces of weight gain. But the even bigger win was a visit to Dr. Jana to check her blood work. Pumpkin has been suffering from severe an read more...
Helping in the kitchen

Helping in the kitchen

Selfie time with Dad

Selfie time with Dad

Chillaxin watching TV with Dad

Chillaxin watching TV with Dad

Dad, the wind was blowing and hay went everywhere!  It was crazy!

Dad, the wind was blowing and hay went everywhere! It was crazy!


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Pumpkin for Thanksgiving

Pumpkin's ears were wrapped to straighten them up.

Pumpkin's ears were wrapped to straighten them up.

I’m sitting here this morning trying to wake up and am reminded of Thanksgiving morning. It seems like months have passed, but in reality it’s only been 24 days. Pumpkin is sitting here on my lap as I write this blog. She is 10lbs today, while still half the size of a normal cria; it is a giant leap from the 5.5 pound little alpaca baby that was born on Thanksgiving morning. I’ve been meaning to write about our first couple of week’s with Pumpkin and this blog is a reflection of these last 3 read more...
Pumpkin loves to sit in laps.

Pumpkin loves to sit in laps.

Pumpkin geting weighed on a postage scale.

Pumpkin geting weighed on a postage scale.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Farm to Yarn - Hand processed Alpaca Fleece

Fleece is cleaned and vegetable matter removed on a skirting table.

Fleece is cleaned and vegetable matter removed on a skirting table.

The most frequent question we get is "What do you do with your alpacas?" "Do you do anything with their wool?" "Do you eat them?"... I could go on and on with the many different questions that we hear.

What do we do with our alpacas? Well to start with, they are part of our family. Amazing, intelligent and soulful animals that enrich our lives every day. But they are not just members of our ranch, we also raise them to sell to other alpaca owners. But most importantly we rais read more...
Fleece soaking in a dye bath of two different colors.

Fleece soaking in a dye bath of two different colors.

The dyed fleece is dried and is ready for processing.

The dyed fleece is dried and is ready for processing.

The fleece is processed into roving on a carder and then is spun into yarn on a spinning wheel.

The fleece is processed into roving on a carder and then is spun into yarn on a spinning wheel.

Finished skein of hand processed, hand dyed and hand spun yarn,

Finished skein of hand processed, hand dyed and hand spun yarn,


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year from Rocky, Sofia and their new cria!

RRRA's Sofia and her new cria

RRRA's Sofia and her new cria

Cria born Jan 2, 2015

Cria born Jan 2, 2015

Sire: AWH Torbio's Rock'N Roll

Sire: AWH Torbio's Rock'N Roll


Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Visit from Giacomo

Riverstone Giacomo Trabalza of Peru

Riverstone Giacomo Trabalza of Peru

Today we had a nice visit from the very handsome Giacomo and Cathe & Jim Bodie from Summer Solstice Alpaca's. Giacomo had a hot arranged date with Immortal Beloved. He was a such a calm and gentle fellow; great personality, gorgeous high luster fleece and who can't help but fall in love with that face.

Immortal Beloved got all dolled up with a fresh hay weave and a splash of alfalfa perfume. So she was all dressed up and ready for her date by the time Giacomo arrived ;-)
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Fresh Hay and Alfalfa perfume for a special date.

Fresh Hay and Alfalfa perfume for a special date.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

2014 Spring Shearing

Little Caesar getting his first trim.

Little Caesar getting his first trim.

May 3rd was shearing day at Rolling Rock Ranch Alpacas and just in time before an early hot spell.

This was our first in person experience with shearing. I had been doing a lot of research online, watching educational videos about alpaca shearing. So I generally knew what to expect. But of course nothing beats hands on experience.

We hired Jim and Cathe Bodie from Summer Solstice Alpacas to do shearing for us. Jim specializes in shearing suri alpacas, so we felt real read more...
AWH Torbio's Rock'N Roll (Rocky)

AWH Torbio's Rock'N Roll (Rocky)

Caesar's before and after mug shot.  Look at all that grey underneath!

Caesar's before and after mug shot. Look at all that grey underneath!

Look at all that fiber ready for procesing!

Look at all that fiber ready for procesing!

Caesar's lovely Rose Grey locks

Caesar's lovely Rose Grey locks


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Welcome Rocky, Indy and little Stormy

Stormy and Indy

Stormy and Indy

We are really excited to have Rocky, Indy and her little cria Stormy join our herd.

After all the research on grey alpacas, I just could not pass up the opportunity to have AWH Indian Paintbrush (Indy) and her little silver grey cria that we are affectionately calling Stormy be part of our little ranch. Indy has some of the most amazing chocolate brown fleece, such a fun inquisitive personality and a grey background. The added bonus is that she comes breed back to Silvano, Stormy read more...
Rocky

Rocky


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Immortal Beloved and Caesar join our herd

Caesar and Immy

Caesar and Immy

Early on I had my eye on several grey suris and had decided when we started breeding that I wanted to focus on producing grey alpacas. I've never been one to shy away from a challenge like breeding for grey. So we had been keeping an eye out for grey suris and suris with grey genetics hoping the right opportunity would come our way.

In early Jan we met Don & Tracy Pellegrino of Faith and Fleece Alpacas. When I talked with Tracy on the phone and realized the Rose Grey boy they we read more...

"You brought what home!?!"


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Our first alpaca, Sofia