— The Openherd Team

Que Sera Alpacas

"Where Miracles Never Cease"

Anne Stallcup
66 Jacinto RoadSanta Fe, NM 87508

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Cria Season 2015



Cria season has been a bit of a roller coaster this year. We lost one baby and we lost one dam - we miss them terribly but at the moment all is good and we are enjoying the sweet antics of all of our new additions.

Trooper joined us in July - pretty much on schedule, Quelle was amazing - no muss, no fuss, text book delivery and a great mother. It took him about 5 minutes to settle in and he's been running things (or at least, trying to) ever since

Velvet's baby was very la
Joy w/

Joy w/"sis" Rita & "Mom" Roci

Coleen (standing)  & Minnie

Coleen (standing) & Minnie

Thursday, April 9, 2015

What I've learned from Alpaca Shows

As most of you know, I enjoy participating in Alpaca shows…I think I’ve learned a lot from both halter shows and fleece shows. I often hear other exhibitors express confusion or dismay over their placings - “Well, I thought he was a really nice boy…can’t figure out why we only got fourth place!” We’ve all had those moments. But I have come to realize that in the current development of the North American alpaca herd, the difference between first place and sixth place is becoming narrower and n read more...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

3 Things you never knew about Alpacas

We’ve talked a lot about alpacas in these blog posts, and we hope you have found them to be interesting and entertaining. We wanted to share a few more facts that we thought you’d find fun and worth reading! Even though I know a lot about alpacas, I still find there is more and more to learn everyday with these amazing creatures. Young or old, alpacas have a lot of love and fun to offer us and I think there is no better way to love them back than to learn more about what makes them so special. read more...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What You Should Know Before Raising Alpacas

Obviously, not everyone is cut out to start raising alpacas. They require a lot of love and care and there is a lot that most people don’t know to think about. Just like any creature that needs nurturing, you need to realize the difficulties involved in raising alpacas. They are wonderful creatures and amazing to have around, but no one wants to adopt a sweet animal only to realize they can’t properly take care of them. So, what are some of the points you should consider before raising a read more...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Which Wool?

With Pinterest on the rise, crafting and DIY projects are making a comeback. Among the many crafting options, knitting and crocheting aren’t just for grandmothers anymore! For all those sweater, hat and mitten projects for this cold winter, you may be wondering what type of wool yarn to buy and the difference between them – and why alpaca yarn is a great choice!

Lamb’s Wool: This is short length wool is sheared from lambs around seven months. It is softer and more elastic than regula read more...

Friday, February 6, 2015

What you may not know about Alpacas

You already know that alpacas are adorable, and we’ve talked about the difference between them and llamas. Other than those tid-bits, how much more do you really know? This week I wanted to take some time to talk about some interesting things that you may not know about alpacas. As always, make sure to comment and let me know your favorite (as well as any other fun facts about alpacas that we don’t mention!).

First, let’s start out with one you many not have expected! Did you know th read more...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Do You "Speak Alpaca"?

At Que Sera Alpaca Farm, we love having visitors, and one weekend one of our "regulars," Susan who is a spinner and weaver, brought a friend with her to meet the alpacas. As we were walking out to the Mom’s Pen to look at the babies, I heard her comment to her friend, “You are going to love this. Anne speaks alpaca.”

We laughed, and I admitted that I do feel like part of the herd. But I was curious as to why she felt that way. Susan proceeded to describe a previous visit. It was a d read more...

Friday, September 12, 2014

Bota and Nev’s Excellent Alpaca Adventure!

Our gorgeous Kubota and his buddy Neville will be leaving us September 27th to begin their journey to their new home in New Hampshire. We are very excited for them…their new owner, Kitt Hollister, has a veterinary degree and seems to be just our kinda gal. She is deeply concerned about the health and wellbeing of her animals (and everyone else’s as well, methinks) and has just been a pleasure to work with. She actually purchased the boys in June, but opted to board them here until the weather read more...

Friday, August 8, 2014

Raising Alpacas at Que Sera Alpaca

Raising Alpacas at Que Sera Alpaca

Raising Alpacas at Que Sera Alpaca

Not long ago, driving past a field of alpacas in the United States would have been a jaw-dropper. But it is becoming more and more common to see these exotic creatures in the fields of small farmers all over the United States. So what is it about alpacas that is making them a popular livestock choice?

Originally bred in South America, alpacas are raised for their fiber, which is warmer than wool by weight, softer and more comfortable than cashmere and is surprisingly strong for a l read more...

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Fleece Sorting Notes July 30 - August 1, 2012


Jacinta - Blanket, 5/6/09 - Pete Connelly or Mike Morgan, not sure - Que Sera 2.5 lbs Medium Brown Female Above average density, not much brightness, fairly flat crimp style but there is bundling. Grade 4 - probably about a 27 micron. 2" - 3" taple. This fleece had a poor handle although it was consistent. It was very dry and very dusty.

Jacinta - Neck, 5-6-09 - Pete or Mike - Que Sera 1.5 lbs. Medium Brown Female. Grade 4 but mostly too short to process