Golden Touch Alpaca Farm

  (Westport, Massachusetts)
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New Alpaca Photos Up!

It has been raining non stop for 3 weeks not but today in between the passing showers we managed to snap some quick photos of the Alpaca Girls out in the field enjoying some grass. 

 

We also managed to capture our newest addition to the herd, a female cria! Name coming soon!

 

 

 
 

Hatching Chicks!

A few days ago the Chickens started hatching in the incubator and we now have 13 little chicks! There are some Silkies and the rest are Rhode Island Reds. We have had chickens for the last year and a half and absolutely love having Fresh Eggs each morning. Our neighbors, friends and family have also enjoyed the extras! You really can't beat the taste, I don't think we will ever go back to grocery store bought eggs. 

 
 

Introducing our two new Jr. Herdsires!

 


We are very excited to announce the addition of two brand new Jr. Herdsires to our alpaca herd, Black Tiger, and Asteroid's Kryptonite. We can't wait to get their genetics into our herd, stay tuned for more updates.

 

Here is the story of our trip:

 

Right after the holidays we made a trip to Ohio.  Before Thanksgiving I had purchased a young male alpaca with the hopes of adding him to our herd sire row.  I am always on the look out for up and coming males that can add to my breeding program and when I saw Asteroid's Kryptonite listing from Starling Farm, he immediately caught my eye.  After looking at his fiber samples, and pedigree I made the decision to purchase him.

We planned our trip right after Christmas as our window of opportunity to travel was very limited. Chris has a very aggressive travel schedule and we are also expecting our first grand daughter the beginning of February. With our fingers crossed we decided to leave on Dec. 27, 08.  I have to say we couldn't of picked a better weekend weather wise, it was clear and mild.  It was almost hard to believe that the week prior, New York and Ohio had a snow storm each that dropped 12 inches.  Fate was on our side! 

On the way we also made a stop at Spirit Wind Alpaca Farm and had a wonderful visit with Karen and Jerry.  If time had not been pressing us I could of stayed for hours talking alpacas and fiber. We finished the rest of our journey that day arriving in Ohio at 7:00 pm and the temperature was 67 degrees (unheard of for the time of year).
 
The plan was to pick up Kryptonite at 8:00 the following morning. We were also transporting another alpaca "Just Sam" for Cyndee Thompson in New Hampshire. Just prior to arriving at the farm my nerves started racing and I began questioning my decision. I asked myself, Were my expectations too high? and Was I going to be disappointed? Having never seen the animal first hand, there is always that gut feeling that you missed something in the photos and fiber samples. It would have been very disappointing to travel all that distance to be let down, but I have to say all those questions quickly disappeared the minute I laid eyes on him.  It was love at first sight and he was more than I expected him to be.  It was so great to meet his owner in person, Jackie Kraft.  We had talked so many times through email or on the phone and now I had the opportunity to meet her in person and put a face with the name and voice.

We loaded  up the "boys" and had a brief visit before packing up ourselves and heading back towards home. We had one more stop to make and that was at Humalot Alpaca Farm. Brenda and Jim were only an hour away from Jackie Craft and I didn't want to miss the chance to meet them and some of their alpacas.  I had called her the day before and told her we would be in the area and if possible to stop in.  Being a holiday weekend you just never know what peoples plans are.  They warmly welcomed us with a tour of their farm and alpacas, finished off with a great cup of coffee.  We enjoyed our visit so much and their alpacas we bought one more. Humalot Black Tiger.  Tiger is just over a year old,  is true black, with a fine, yet dense beautifully crimped fiber which is very hard to find in black so I'm happy to add him to our herd sire lineup. In this one trip across half the country and back we managed to add some great genetics to our existing herd and are excited about future breedings.

The trip was so much fun but a little too rushed for my liking. We left here on my birthday, Sat. morning at 4:30am,  stopped at three alpaca farms, spanning over 1400 miles and still managed to arrive at our farm by 10pm Sunday. Birthday's don't get much better than that!!!  I wonder how I can top it next year.

 
 

Happy Holidays from Golden Touch Alpaca Farm!

Everyone here at Golden Touch Alpaca Farm wanted to take a quick second and wish you all a Happy (and warm) Holiday! We have been getting slammed with snow this past weekend but all our Alpaca are safe and cozy in their barns.

 Here is a video we shot over the weekend.

 

Note: If you experience stutter on playback, click off the HD ON button in the top right corner of the video. It also helps to allow the video to fully buffer before hitting play. Enjoy!



Happy Holidays from Golden Touch Farm from goldentouchfarm on Vimeo.
 
 

Last Minute Holiday Shopping - The Ecofriendly Version

There is not enough time in the day to run the Farm, Manage the Businesses, Keep our House in a presentable condition, and then on top of all that Plan, Decorate, and Shop for the Holidays. To save time we have been doing a lot of our shopping online this year, particularly doing business with Certified Green and Eco-Friendly businesses based in the United States.

We want our Holiday Shopping money to benefit hard working American Families, the story behind each product and how it is made is so important to us and more consumers need to realize that their is a lot more costs than just the bottom price.

When you have a free moment, head over to http://www.storyofstuff.com/ and watch their 20 minute video. It goes into great detail about who benefits exactly benefits from the current way consumers are spending money.

If you are looking to shop at "Guilt Free" stores across the country, be sure to head to Greener Pasture's Blog, where they list 54 Eco-Friendly Stores with 54 Holiday Discounts.

 

 This year we asked Santa for more hours in the day! 

Happy Holidays to all from Golden Touch Farm!


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Wild Turkeys are Taking Over!

Last night as I was finishing up the Animals I noticed that the females in our back field were looking awfully alerting. They did not give off the alarm call but they most certainly were spooked by something in the field. I finished up in the Cria Barnyard and rushed to see what the fuss was about. I was happy to see that it was just our lovely Wild Turkeys making their rounds. I ran back to the house and grabbed the camera to grab some quick footage of them just before they went back into the woods.

Note: If you experience stuttering on playback pause the video and click off the HD ON button in the top right corner. It also helps to allow the video to fully buffer before hitting play, Enjoy!

 



Wild Turkeys at it Again from goldentouchfarm on Vimeo.
 
 

Promote your Farm/Services/Products by Networking!

After getting a great response from yesterday's post regarding some great ways to utilize Online Video to showcase your farm and services, I am going to continue to post some great business advice that has helped us get to where we are today. 

Today's topic is Networking, and more specifically, Networking in your local communities.

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One great and efficient way of promoting your Farm, Animals, Services, and Finished Products is by networking. And how do we network efficiently? By becoming involved with our community! Participating in local activities not only helps promote brand awareness, it can also leave you feeling great for giving back to a supportive community. Here are five tips for getting your Farm involved with the community:

1. Volunteer Time or Space
It doesn't take much space for a small group to meet. Consider volunteering your facilities to local clubs or related organizations. One great example of this would be to invite the Local Art or Spinning Group to the Farm for a day. Besides getting the personal satisfaction of helping others, you'll be interacting with a few potential customers.

2. Teach a Class
Most of you are experts about the Animals and Products you raise and have a wealth of information to share. Check with the local college or library about teaching a class in your expertise. Another way to share all of that knowledge is by holding your own clinics right on the farm. Holding How-To weekends and seminars is a proven method of networking and connecting with the community.

3. Host or Sponsor an Event
Whether it's the Local Alpaca Show, Relay for Life, Red Ribbon Week or some other local program, most communities have at least one large event in need of sponsors. Read the local newspaper for upcoming events and browse AOBA's show listings. Can't find a local event that fits your business? Host your own.

4. Adopt a Project
Once you start looking for an organization to become involved with, you will probably find your community has many projects, big and small, that could use your hands-on help. Don't forget to contact the media outlets for additional exposure.

5. Join a Group
Getting involved can help build a bond between your business and the community. It also lets you meet others who may share common interests and needs. Become a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau or another club to make some business connections, as well as some friends. Many states have Breeder's Associations that are a great stepping stone.

 
 

GTF's Alpacas - First Day Out of the Barnyard

I don't have much time to sit and chat as we are getting ready for a Holiday Event in our town tomorrow. I just wanted to take a quick second and post one of my favorite videos of our Alpacas. Each winter we move most of our herd off of the fields to re-generate, and when we let them out in the early Spring they go absolutely crazy. It is a site to see, so here is a short video that we shot earlier this year of that first day out of the barnyard.

 

Note: If you experience stuttering, hit pause and click HD ON in the top right corner of the video. It also helps to allow the video to fully buffer before hitting play. Enjoy!

 



GTF's Alpacas - First Day Out of Barnyard from goldentouchfarm on Vimeo.
 
 

Christmas in Westport Village on Dec. 6th

We are happy to announce we will be set up as a vendor, along with bringing some Alpacas, Donkeys, and miniature baby doll sheep.

If you are in the Westport, MA area this upcoming Saturday be sure to swing through The Grange on Main Rd (930 Main Rd. Westport, MA 02790). We will be there all day selling our finished products and giving information on our animals and the alpaca lifestyle. 

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Cold and Rainy on the Alpaca Farm

As a farmer you learn quickly not to complain about the Weather as it is just one of those things. I must admit though that there is nothing worse than the combination of Cold and Wet, it really can put you in a bad mood right at the start of the day. Today is exactly that, Cold and Wet, so now that the chores are done for the morning I am going to work on cheering myself up. Here is a video of our Humming Bird Feeders we shot during the summer, Enjoy!

 

Note: If you experience studdering on playback, pause the video and click the HD ON button in the top right corner. It also helps to allow the entire video to buffer first.

 



 
 

Thanksgiving on the Alpaca Farm

We are posting this now because we won't have a chance tomorrow with the whirlwind that is our Thanksgiving tradition. Each year we invite family and friends over to our farm and cook up a massive meal and enjoy each others company. This year we will be hosting for over 30 people and cooking a 25lb Turkey as well as a Ham. Needless to say, it will be busy around these parts tomorrow, actually starting a few days ago, but once we are in full swing I am certain I will not be around the computer.

We wanted to take this moment to wish you all a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.  Although this year has certainly been one for the History bokos, and not all in the positive light, what we have learned more than ever is above anything else, You can always count on your Family and close Friends and that is what we will be celebrating this year.

To get you in the mood, below is a video we shot last winter of Wild Turkeys that graze our yard from time to time. Not all turkey's are for eating! Over the years they have become more and more part of our family and I think they feel the same way. Enjoy the Video!

Note: If the video stutters for you, hover your mouse over the video and click the HD On button to set it off. It also helps to let the video fully load before hitting play.



The Snowbirds, and Turkeys from goldentouchfarm on Vimeo.
 
 

2008 Cria Photo Album

golden touch farm cria

 

Now that all of our Cria for the year are on the ground and running, I figured it would be a great time to upload some pictures we have taken over the last few weeks. We truly were blessed with such amazing additions to our herd. Be sure to check out the entire photo gallery.

 
 
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