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Tanglewood Farm

where alpacas are a passion, not just a business

Christiane Rudolf
19741 Victory LaneFayetteville, OH 45118

Monday, June 24, 2019


I have been so busy that I have neglected posting anything to my blog for months now. As a single female farmer of ARI registered alpacas and a breeder of AKC Champion German Shepherds, it has been exceptionally difficult with the weird weather we have had. My pastures have grass growing like weeds, but I can't mow due to all the rain we have had. Every time I think about mowing, the rains start up again. I know my animals are all tired of being locked in the barn or their kennels, but I can read more...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

New crias

I had the chance to go and visit my nephew and niece and their two children in Truckee, Ca, so had my farm sitter come and take care of my animals while I was gone for two weeks. Of course, I had crias due at any time, so wrote up a list of instructions as to how to care for them, and also left the vet's number for "just in case". As I was frantically trying to get everything ready for the trip, one of them dropped her cria the day before I was to fly out, so that left just one more to come. read more...

Monday, January 15, 2018

Snow and extreme cold

It has been, and continues to be, one of the coldest winters I can recall. I love snow, as do my alpacas, but this extreme in temperatures, has me doing things I have not had to do in a long time. I, unfortunately, left the heated water hose attached to the faucet in the barn, so there was no water to add to the tanks. As a result, I had to schlepp(a German word meaning to carry) water buckets with heated water from my kitchen to the barn, which is not an easy feat. As there was a bit of ice read more...

Saturday, June 24, 2017

injection site cyst

I have not had one of these in nearly 14 years, but last week I discovered a hard lump on the side of one of my alpaca females. I suspected it was an injections site cyst, and waited for it to erupt, then cleaned it out with warm soapy water. Got the nasty stuff out and then flushed it. It has healed nicely. and yesterday I discovered one on one of my black girls. Am waiting for it to erupt, and since tomorrow is herd health day, will deal with it then. It never fails, if it is raining, it read more...

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Clinton County Farmer's Market

We will be a vendor again at the Clinton County Farmer's Market every Saturday from 8:30 to Noon beginning June 3, 2017. Come and check us out. We have fiber from our alpacas, raw, as well as washed, carded and spun, the ever popular dryer balls, cat toys(tested and approved by my own housecats) and perhaps a handwoven rug(if time permits) also made with yarn from our animals.

There are a variety of vendors there, so you can also shop for produce, organic meats, jewelry, baked g read more...

Friday, May 19, 2017

visitors from Germany

Yesterday I had visitors from Germany. They were long time friends of my cousins and touring with my brother who had taken them from Boston, to New York, Washington, DC and then to my farm before heading to Chicago and then Iowa. It turns out that they had visited Peru in the past, and had also taken in an alpaca farm while there. When I let them touch the fiber of one of my males(they were shorn three weeks ago, they could not believe how soft it was. The lady had purchased an alpaca shawl read more...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Shearing Day is a success.

Well, in spite of the dire predictions of the weathermen for storms on the days scheduled for shearing, we had a great two days of nice cool weather without a drop of rain. As a matter of fact, it was so cool that I had to coat one of the crias and my two Suris. My shearers and helpers were great and we got all of the girls finished one day, then went on to finish off the boys the next. Now to process all that fiber when the weather turns warm.

Monday, March 27, 2017

New cria

On the 21st of this month we had a huge surprise in our barn, a totally black little cria male, already up and running around. As I had only bred one female last year, I was not expecting this one, so will have to do some real background searching via DNA to find out who daddy is He has gained weight each day and has made his way into the herd, leaping around and causing general havoc. Mom, also a true black, and Evander daughter, has plenty of milk and is super protective of her little guy. read more...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Getting ready for spring and shearing

Sunshine is here today, which makes me very happy, and I know the pacas are enjoying every ray as well. It has been one historic winter, going from freezing to the upper sixties from one day to the next. I am not looking forward to the insects this summer. As soon as I can wade through the mud, I will clean out the winter mess from the barns. Had the tractor and mower serviced during the winter, so everything should be in good working order. Need to get a new seed/fertilizer spreader as the read more...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Clinton County Farmer's Market, puppies, etc.

Be sure to visit us at the Clinton County Farmer's market where we will be set up on the first and third Saturdays of the month for the winter and spring. We will have lots of stocking stuffers for that special person on your list Dec. 3rd and 17th, so be sure to stop by between 9 and 12 and check out what products we have available for you.

Our current litter of AKC German Shepherds is down to one male , so check back with us if you want to be placed on our puppy list. Our puppies read more...
Who has the better

Who has the better "Do"?

A spoiled rotten puppy.

A spoiled rotten puppy.