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Friday, June 16, 2017

How do I get Started owning Alpacas?


How do you get started with your Alpaca Business? What if you don't have land? What if you need to get your land ready?

So you have contemplated owning Alpacas, and need land or need to get your land ready, what can you do to get started with your alpacas? You can agist with us! What does agisting mean and what is your first step?

Contact us and let's talk about what your goals are with your alpacas. What do you see yourself doing with them? Luxury fiber animals to p read more...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Farm to Table Event

Sentinel Ranch hosted our first Farm to Table Dinner featuring local ingredients! We had 36 guests and were able to honor a group of Georgics (caring for the land and it's production) Students who completed a year of study and projects. The students had a chance to share some of what they learned and the specific projects they raised or grew. We had indoor and outdoor gardens, composting, raising animals and worms. We support these hard working students and the principals they learned!
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Knitting on the Sound

We were asked to participate in a great event put on by Mary Lovejoy. Mary brought a group of knitters together for Knit Yoga on Cama Beach. The scenery was fantastic, friends were close, Yoga brought serenity, and lunch was divine!
Donna King participated and made us all a sumptuous lunch. I felt spoiled!
What did Sentinel Ranch do? We brought the yarn! So much fun talking with new and experienced knitters and we enjoyed providing our beautiful local alpaca yarns. Lindsey (who is the read more...

Monday, February 15, 2016

Boutique Remodel Complete!

Autumn of 2015 we began a remodel on the Monitor Barn, as a new location for the Alpaca Boutique!

Remember the trailer from the previous year? It's gone to a new home- hooray!

The whole family worked the autumn months changing a storage space into a lovely ranch store! Renee cleaned, nailed, and grandpa even taught her how to wire the outlets! Grant got to try the nail gun, mostly enjoying carrying a hammer, measuring tape and checking out the tools. Stuart and Bryant d read more...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Showstring!!

Weigh in time!

Weigh in time!

In the next week we are planning on listing all of our showstring for the 2014 fall shows, and 2015 spring shows. Watch for the listing to include: Sire, Dam, Color, Sex, and Price! Yes we will list all of them for sale, so when you see the one you just need to have, contact us to work out the details!

I am very excited to walk into the catch pen and analyze all of our juveniles and yearlings! They are always so cute, we want to take them all, but we are going to be selective about read more...
Masquerade and Victoria

Masquerade and Victoria


Monday, August 4, 2014

Cesarean Section!?!

Shaved and Cleaned!

Shaved and Cleaned!

I know you've had a Dam like this- 364 days-- where's that cria?! I have a wonderful white Dam I just love, and of course was waiting on one of the most expensive breedings of the previous year- sound familiar? Well I had my eye on this gal for weeks, and finally at 362 days she starts acting like labor-YAHOO!! Some moaning and standing and siting. This goes on for and hour and then I check under the tail- ah geee, not much dilation going on for a Dam in labor! Soon my girl quits moaning an read more...
Asleep and Surgery Prep

Asleep and Surgery Prep

Incision

Incision

Reaching in for Cria

Reaching in for Cria

Home with Friends

Home with Friends


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cria crop summer

Summer is always enjoyable on the ranch especially when those greatly anticipated and well planned cria start to hit the ground! The weather has been exceptionally fine on our ranch this summer, lots of sun and alpacas of all ages enjoying vitamin D naps! Isn't it funny to pass by an alpaca deep in sleep- I've got some that snore! We have been blessed with 3 males and 4 females so far! Only one Dam delivered early, one on time, the rest quite late!
Best moments of the day: Cria play a read more...