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Barnstorm Farm Alpacas starts sales to reduce herd size

Three babies run across the field

Please check out our sales and service page for information on alpacas for sale. We are reducing our herd to make room for the 2013 crias and to keep our farm small. Our alpacas give us great pleasure and great fleece. They keep the pasture down without damaging the grass and provide hours of entertainment. Included in the sale are Estrella, a fantastic mother who is a daughter of The Rebel; and two of our 2011 bumber crop of female crias — Phoebe Snowstorm and little Zoe Storm, nearly identical whites.

Barnstorm Farm's fleece sells out in a weekend at Northwest Fiber Fusion

Bags of fleece ready for 2012 Fiber Fusion

Our fleece was such a hit at the second Fiber Fusion Northwest fleece event held in October that we now have a waiting list for the 2013 spring shearing. Our light fawn Cozvi took second place again this year and her daughter Liberty Storm (Libby) picked up a fourth from her first shearing.

For more information on the fleece fair, visit Fiber Fusion Northwest or North Sound Alpaca Association, the sponsoring group.

Cozvi and Milano “queen” and “king” of their fleece class; offspring awaits

Shirley holding Cozvi's fleece after shearing

Of more lasting excitment, Cozvi will give birth to a cria in 2013 sired by Alpaca Adventures' star stud, Milano. Milano took first ahead of Cozvi in the same light fawn fleece category. And that's the least of his accomplishments. He is a two-time color champion at the Northwest Alpaca Showcase and color reserve champion there in 2012, and was named Grand Champion Spinners Dream at the 2011 Fiber Fusion.

Our only other expected cria for 2013 will come from Cozvi's mother, Emelea, a blue ribbon winner at Alpacapalooza in her show year. Emelea was bred to South Fork's Titan, a true black who was a reserve color champion at the Northwest Alpaca Showcase in 2009.

No stock shows for us in 2013 but shearing will take place in May. In 2011, we had the added treat of a visit by photographer Jennifer Nerad, who is working on a book about fiber art. See our Tales of the Farm page for additional photos and more details.

Barnstorm Farm's century-old barn gets historical recognition and dance

Plaque from Washington Historic Barn Register

Barnstorm Farm's gambrel-roofed barn, circa 1906, was named to the Washington Heritage Barn Register. Some 150 friends (coming from Australia, Oregon, Montana and across the road) joined us for a good old-fashioned barn dance that featured 87-year-old fiddler Lee Stripling