Rhodes Alpacas' Profile

About

Our beautiful alpacas now graze calmly on land once lined with countless rows of strawberry plants. This picturesque setting has been in our family for 3 generations, and has been used for many farming ventures, the most recent as a U-pick strawberry farm. After our Dad passed away a few years ago, we knew we had to use the land for something productive. An article about alpacas sparked Kevin’s interest, and the active research into alpaca farming began!

After visiting multiple farms, going to shows, and learning as much as we could, we purchased 5 foundation females of various colors and strong genetics. We then built a 30′ by 50′ barn, planted orchard grass (where the strawberries used to be), and put up a solid fence around our new 5 acre pasture. It was an exciting day in August 2009 when our alpacas arrived at their new home!

Linda (Kevin’s…

Read more

  • Born on October 30
  • Joined February 29, 2012

About

Our beautiful alpacas now graze calmly on land once lined with countless rows of strawberry plants. This picturesque setting has been in our family for 3 generations, and has been used for many farming ventures, the most recent as a U-pick strawberry farm. After our Dad passed away a few years ago, we knew we had to use the land for something productive. An article about alpacas sparked Kevin’s interest, and the active research into alpaca farming began!

After visiting multiple farms, going to shows, and learning as much as we could, we purchased 5 foundation females of various colors and strong genetics. We then built a 30′ by 50′ barn, planted orchard grass (where the strawberries used to be), and put up a solid fence around our new 5 acre pasture. It was an exciting day in August 2009 when our alpacas arrived at their new home!

Linda (Kevin’s sister) and her husband, Mike, live at the farm and have done a wonderful job of providing conscientious, daily care for our growing herd. Kevin and his wife, Mary, live near Allentown, but make multiple trips to the farm each month to help out (especially for herd health!). Mary is learning to spin and knit, to provide products from our own alpacas for our future farm store. Our Mom still lives at the farm, and though her mobility is limited now by health issues, is happy to see the farm land being used again.

We wanted multiple colors, and currently have white, black, gray, brown, and fawn. Having high quality genetics is a major priority for us, and we currently have bloodlines from top herdsires such as MFI Peruvian Black Mesquite, Snowmass Nova, and MFI Peruvian Jericho. And of course, all of our crias will be named after varieties of strawberries! (as confirmation of our breeding, one of our first female crias, Honeyoye, was sold to Flying Pony Alpacas, and was a champion at last year’s AOBA National Conference in the Full Fleece Medium Fawn Juvenile Female class)

Unfollow username?

Are you sure you want to stop following this person?