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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

Get of Sire Production!

Mike & Sarah Donahoe
The Guest House at LAAF

At Long Acres Alpaca Farm, we manage a herd of over 100 huacaya alpacas and are involved in every aspect of their care and the farm in general. Sarah oversees the husbandry, breeding, and birthing; feeding; and day-to-day care of the animals. Mike manages the hay farming and pasture maintenance. We have lived almost exclusively in the rural parts of south central Pennsylvania, an area that prides itself in farming and agriculture.

Our approach is to look at our alpaca program in terms of herd production and the development of the LAAF Brand. Our mission is to breed the best quality females and elite males that will produce Champion offspring which are consistent across the herd, regardless of color. We strive to make our breeding decisions as predictable as possible by using numerous scientific measurements for our outcomes. As with most breeding herds in the US, Long Acres Alpaca Farm has embedded top quality genetics, including those from the 90s imports, as well as some of the important genetic crosses as a result of those imports. We maintained a closed herd for approximately 6 years during the years 2008 through 2013 in order to create, improve, and learn from our breeding program as evidenced by our show placements, fiber analysis, and fiber weights. Most recently we’ve been adding a few new to us genetics to continue the improvement within the herd.

Ninety percent of our operation is in the commercial industry and we maintain a 10% interest in the artisan market with our grey program. We breed for the best fleece possible, thus our herd has become lighter in color over the years, yet the herd is well entrenched with black recessive genes. Our desire to create a consistent herd has placed us as one of the first to emerge as a production alpaca herd. With the many changes that are taking place in the US Alpaca Livestock and Industry today, we are poised to take advantage of the exciting hallmarks yet to come.

With Sarah’s merit in mentoring, teaching, and animal husbandry, we focus on the following opportunities for clients:

Champion Breeding Stock Alpaca Sales
Herd Management
Business Development
Specializing in Startup Farm and Livestock Operations

We believe that before you decide on buying an alpaca from us, you need to have a workable business plan and have a solid foundation in herd management. Selling an alpaca any other way is not doing our job of providing you the tools you need to succeed, whatever path you decide, from fiber animals to gene pool production.

The Guest House of LAAF is where you can stay and enjoy the fruits of our labor…oh and labor some yourself! The Guest House offers patrons the opportunity to learn about rural living, explore their inner artistic desires through classes, and shop for memories to take home.

Farm Terms & Financing

Individualized to meet your needs. We do not finance Stud Fees. However our Stud Fee is all inclusive meaning it includes 60 days room and board which starts on the day of arrival. Also, any procedures or care that can be provided by Long Acres Alpaca Farm is included in the package. The only charges that you will be responsible for are transportation, veterinarian bills (if applicable) and shearing bills (if applicable). Anything else we can manage ourselves including fecal analysis, dental, shots, toe trims, ultrasounds...you name it. And if transportation is a problem, give us a call or drop a note. Many times we can pick them up or drop them off during one of our transport runs.

LAAF News!!

Offering a major portion of our herd available for sale. Too many to post all to OpenHerd. We specialize in start ups for people who want to be involved in the alpaca industry, everything from hobby farmers to artisans to commercial operations. Call, email, text, we're available 24/7!