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Visit Alpacas at Willowbrook at Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival

Next weekend, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June, Alpacas at Willowbrook Farm  will have a vendor booth at the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival.  We [...]

By | June 9th, 2017|News, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Visit Alpacas at Willowbrook at Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival

Sorting and Grading Alpaca Fiber Part Two

In another post I outlined the reasons why sorting and grading alpaca fiber is beneficial. Since shearing our alpacas, I have spent many hours in [...]

By | June 8th, 2017|Fleece and Fiber, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Sorting and Grading Alpaca Fiber Part Two

Fiber Tuesday, Where Alpaca Meets Shetland.

Yesterday was Fiber Tuesday - my monthly day off the farm with my fiber friends! It was a beautiful day and we were able to [...]

By | May 11th, 2017|Fleece and Fiber, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Fiber Tuesday, Where Alpaca Meets Shetland.

Felting – A Magical Process at Overland Park Arboretum

Fiber, (alpaca or wool) hot water, soap and agitation. Put these all together and you can create felt. Felting is an almost magical process turning [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|Fleece and Fiber, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Felting – A Magical Process at Overland Park Arboretum

Sorting and Grading Alpaca Fiber

Why sort and grade your alpaca fiber? The main reason is to improve the quality of the end product. This can make you stand out from your competitors when it comes to sales!

By | March 1st, 2017|Fleece and Fiber, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Sorting and Grading Alpaca Fiber

Your Best Friend – Your Alpaca Veterinarian

Finding a good alpaca veterinarian is a top priority for your alpaca farm. As you become more experienced in handling your animals and dealing with [...]

By | February 16th, 2017|Alpaca Library, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Your Best Friend – Your Alpaca Veterinarian

Alpacas – the ‘golden oldies’.

I read recently that the oldest sheep recorded in the Guinness Book of Records was 28 years and 51 weeks old! That made me think [...]

By | January 13th, 2017|Alpaca Health and Herd Management, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Alpacas – the ‘golden oldies’.

Alpacas in Winter

It may not be officially winter but the cold weather with  it's freezing blasts has certainly arrived. After the long stretch of above average temperatures [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Alpaca Health and Herd Management, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Alpacas in Winter

Alpacas: the antidote for election blues!

For those of us who are worn out by this Presidential election or upset about the result here are some pictures of alpacas to ease [...]

By | November 11th, 2016|Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Alpacas: the antidote for election blues!

Dealing with the loss of alpacas.

We have lost two alpacas within the space of a week, both of them in their teens. The first was a fourteen year old [...]

By | October 5th, 2016|Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Dealing with the loss of alpacas.