WHAT FIBER ANIMAL DO I WANT?

This workshop is more like a lecture with a farm tour than our typical hands-on workshop.  Many people think of us when they are considering getting either a llama for fiber or to act as a guard for their other future fiber animals.  But what we find out with further questioning is that they often aren’t sure which fiber animals they really want?  Contacting us they hope we will tell them about llamas.  And sure, we can help them out with our specific RHF’S VERSION OF LLAMAS 101 workshop.  But the real question (What fiber animal is best for me?) needs answering too so we’ve pulled together this particular workshop to specifically address those types of questions.

We have been raising llamas since 1985 but before and since then we’ve had the pleasure of other species on our farm.  This workshop will give you a general run-down of many aspects of livestock ownership.   Fiber animals are unique in that they provide benefit to mankind throughout their lives; unlike those raised solely for meat.  Raising livestock involves more than feeding and housing.  Each species have unique requirements.  If you have only owned a cat or dog, you are in for a whole new lifestyle.  Its better you learn the extent of your responsibilities before you jump in and bring that cute lamb or alpaca home.  We intend to help you recognize the total commitment required that responsible livestock ownership implies

We have raised diary, beef, horses, miniature donkeys, rabbits, chickens, and pigs.  And we’ve also raised sheep, cashmere goats, and llamas.  Our farming and fiber industry involvement has also put us in touch with alpaca, Angora goat, and Angora rabbit owners.  Between our experiences with these fiber and non-fiber animal interactions, we can help you appreciate the differences and similarities.  What is most important though, is figuring out what animals will best fit your intentions.

To that end, we tailor this workshop to our questions and to your answers.  We will ask you a series of questions that will help both of us focus on your reasons for considering adding fiber animals to your life.  We will also ask questions that will help us understand your current level of knowledge and experience in raising livestock of any kind.  We will NOT just tell you what each species eats or how high the fences should be.  What we hope to do is to make sure you have a good understanding of the types of species-specific considerations you need to make.  For instance, that alpacas and llamas can interbreed and that this is not a good thing to have happen.  Therefore you do NOT want to buy an intact male llama of any age to be a guard animal for your alpaca females!!  Nor do you want to put an intact male llama of any age in with your female sheep!  While no, they cannot mate; the reason for this is more complex!!

We think that fiber animals fit well into a very large variety of environments and that they are animals that not only make wonderful pets but add something special to the lifestyles of the folks that raise them.  We also recognize that not everyone has the interest in that lifestyle so we’ll help you decide if NOT owning a particular fiber animal is the best course for you to take.  Sometimes one’s life situation means buying fiber or yarn from others and pursuing fiber arts without raising the critters.  There are plenty of opportunities to be involved fully in the fiber industry without raising fiber animals themselves.

This is an All Day (Rain or Shine) Workshop running from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. including through the lunch time.  Bring a bag lunch and beverage; we will provide a morning and afternoon snack.  Please leave young children at home so we can frankly discuss all topics.  And please, NO PETS. – do not plan to leave them in your car!

Private (1-2 people): $60.00 per person or $125 per farm or family couple.

Call or email us to set up your appointment.  A minimum $25.00 non-refundable deposit will hold the date.   Full refund if we must cancel the workshop for any reason and a new date cannot be agreed on.