One Knitters Dream

 One Knitters Dream

I am so proud of Cortni,. She set out to knit a sweater to wear to Rhinebeck and meet the designer. 

There is so much more to this story. 

   Cortni was enrolled in QCAR class called “Let’s Grow an Alpaca Scarf”.
This beginner class lets you meet an alpaca and process it’s fleece from beginning to end. As it turns out Cortni was not a beginner but she admits learning a thing or two. During the process of the class she fell in love with the alpaca fleece and  found the pattern: Illuminate Sweater by Andrea Mowry, that she wanted to knit.

 

Every year Quarry Critters Alpaca Ranch shears the alpacas. The prime coat from these alpacas gets lightly skirted and put on display for sale in the Alpaca Gift Shop. This is where Cortni found and bought Fleece. She bought  “Shooter’s” fleece (black) and “Man of Mystery’s”  fleece (grey) and began processing them. A known fact about alpaca fleece, it’s best to mix in about 20% merino to help hold the shape. 

 

So while carding the alpaca fleece Cortni and Sarah, her mother- in -law, (also in the class) had to calculate how to put 20% merino in the fleece. We determined that it would be best to add the merino to the raw alpaca prior to spinning. Once the merino was mixed in and carded, Cortni started spinning. After spinning and plying to make yarn, the knitting began. Knitting resulted in this beautiful sweater and her mission was completed. She was able to join the designer, Andrea Mowry, wearing her sweater, at Rhinebeck – Wool Festival in NY.          

                                          

 

I am so proud of Cortni for making a huge goal for herself and completing this huge project in such a timely manner. What an inspiration to us all. 

Written by Julie M Wysong

10/18/2021

 

A Free knitting pattern created by Julie

QCAR Spiral Hat with Double-Thick Cuff 

Size: Women’s Med 

Materials: 3.5 oz, worsted weight, 100% alpaca PA yarn project white yarn, stitch markers 

Needle Size: US 6, circular 16 inch rounds, size US 8 needle circular 16 in rounds and dpn size US 7

Abbreviations

CO – Cast on 

Kfb– knit into the front and back of the stitch 

K2tog – knit two together 

pm – place stitch marker 

Sts – stitches

 

Directions: 

Double cuff 

Using the provisional cast-on  and scrap yarn, CO 96 stitches. 

Row 1: using your hat yarn, knit across the round of CO stitches. 

Row 2: PM and join in the round working k2, p2 rib until the piece measures 3.5 inches.

Next: unzip the provisional CO to your second circular needle and fold the cuff in half. Knit one together from the front needle with one together from the back needle until all of the stitches are joined.  

Then remove the marker, knit one stitch and replace the marker, this will shift the marker one stitch to the left 

Increase round: *kfb, k3, repeat from * around. 

Next round: change to US 8 needles and knit 

Begin Spiral pattern: 

Round 1: *kfb, k7sts, k2tog, pm repeat from * around.

Round 2: knit 

Continue working pattern rounds 1 & 2 until the hat is 6.5 inches long from cast on edge. 

Decreases: 

Round 1: *kfb, k6, k3tog, slip marker repeat from * around.

Round 2: Knit 

Round 3: *kfb, k5, k3tog, slip marker repeat from * around.

Round 4: knit 

Round 5: *kfb, k4, k3tog, slip marker repeat from * around.

Round 6: knit 

Round 7: *kfb, k3, k3tog, slip marker repeat from * around.

Round 8: knit 

Round 9: *kfb, k2, k3tog, slip marker repeat from * around.

Round 10: knit 

Round 11: *kfb, k1, k3tog, slip marker repeat from * around.

Now is a good time to switch to dpn US 7 

Round 12: knit 

Round 13: *kfb, k3tog, slip marker repeat from * around.

Round 14: knit 

Round 15: * k1, k2tog, slip marker repeat from * around.

Round 16: *k2tog, slip marker repeat from * around.

Round 17: k2tog (6 stitches left) 

Cut a 6 inch tail and pull through the last 6 sts on the needles. Weave in all ends. 

Created by Julie Wysong  QCAR Alpaca Gift Shop 

October brings some new additions

In this newsletter you can read about 

Kromski

Rigid Heddle Loom

Sale – Called Loomtober

New QCAR Alpaca Gift Shop hours – starting 10/1 

Classes and more to come

Alpaca Package- 3 Alpacas and a trailer $2200 

Tis the season to close up your garden, 

          SCAT available to load some extra Black Gold nutrients on your garden 

Loomtober

QCAR Alpaca Gift Shop now 

selling spinning wheels, looms and accessories produced by Kromski.  

“Loomtober ” is here. 

Kromski is offering a FREE HEDDLE

 to fit each loom purchased during October

If you have been considering taking up weaving or what to add to your current collection of looms, then here is a deal for you. QCAR Alpaca Gift shop will sweeten the deal by including a skein of alpaca yarn, our choice. Now your Loom will come with everything you need to start weaving. 

New QCAR Alpaca Gift Shop hours – starting 10/1 

 

QCAR Alpaca Gift Shop —->

Starting October 1, 2021

new shop hours

Wednesdays & Thursdays 2-7

Fridays And Saturdays 10-3

Other times by chance or appointment.

Visit our website

Www.Quarrycrittersalpacas.com

Classes are listed on the website and you can register for them 

Here

Alpaca Ownership Classes, fiber processing classes, and needle felting classes. 

Hope there is something we can share with you. 

Alpaca Package- 2 Alpacas and a trailer $2200 

Take home – 2 breeding black male alpacas  Plan on driving them home in a 1983 H&H 2 horse straight load red gooseneck trailer.

Local pickup only

 

Colors, Alpaca/ Merino 50/50 blend – The beginning

 

Shearing day brought in about 200 pounds of alpaca fleece. Fleece of all different grades. Some wonderful for hand spinners, some wonderful for the co-op and all the wonderful products NEAFP makes, some deposited to the PA yarn project and some for yarn made at mini mills. What to do with all this fiber? So many decisions to make. 

Well this year a thought came to me.  Needle felting would be a fun way for people to experience working with alpaca fibers. A simple needle felting sculpture would be fun to make with a friend or family member. And after making your sculpture you could give it as a gift  during the upcoming gift giving season. That makes it a win-win project. 

Alpaca, luxurious as it is, takes forever to needle to make a sculpture. I know that it has been mixed with merino wool. I know it’s not a new idea. 

Merino Wool comes from a sheep. The Merino wool is the lowest micron of sheep’s wool. It mixes very nicely with alpaca. The alpaca fibers continue to stay soft while the merino adds to the elasticity, and felting quality achieved from sheep’s wool.  

So it came to me, why not send my seconds, (seconds coming from the neck and belly of the alpaca), to the mill and mix it with merino wool for needle felting. A 50% alpaca 50% merino would allow the roving to be needle felted quickly, luss more fun to create a sculpture with fiber. And if I had it dyed at the mill I wouldn’t be dyeing roving, which could felt very easy. 

That is what I did. I sent 13 pounds of alpaca seconds to Grudy Run Woolen Mill with the request to mix it with 50% merino wool and dye each pound a different color. This is what came back. 

Wow! So many beautiful colors. So much fiber. I immediately put each color in a plastic 2 1/2 gallon bag. Found room on the shelves for storage and then proceeded to make needle felting sculptures, and  to make kits to sell in QCAR- Alpaca Gift Shop. These colors are just too amazing to keep for myself. 

So I made a starfish. Turns out it is a potholder. It came out much larger than I thought. I will remake a smaller one for a kit. I think the smaller starfish will be a fun Christmas tree ornament or a decoration during summer. I will try this again. 

And a Rabbit, holding a carrot, wearing blue trousers. I have made this into a kit and it’s on the website for sale. I’m thinking I’d like to offer it as a workshop but I’ve not quite gotten there yet. The fiber only arrived last Saturday, 1 week ago. I’ve been very busy playing.  

  After working with this alpaca/merino blend I’m considering spinning some for yarn. I love the feel and the colors of this 50/50 blend. 

Watch for more products on the website for those folks out of town. Local people please stop in and have a look around. Posted shop hours are Fridays and Saturdays 10- 3 but truthfully I’m here, take a chance and come on by.  (or call 717-359-9989)  Alpaca Gift Shop 580 Basehoar Rd.

 

 

Kromski Spinning Wheels, Looms and accessories

Kromski Spinning Wheels and Looms 

at Quarry Critters Alpaca Ranch

I’m so proud to announce that Julie Wysong is a Kromski Dealer. Julie has been spinning and making yarn on her Kromski Sonata for the last 17 years and after teaching several alpaca processing classes, which included teaching spinning, she has made the the leap to selling spinning wheels, looms, niddy noddies, hand carders and other fiber related tools. 

As an entry announcement and among the first to help Julie’s dealership, QCAR is offering free 6 or 9 hour spinning classes, with your purchase of a Kromski spinning wheel from QCAR. Available are individual classes where you earn 6 hours of lessons or join a class with others and get 9 hours of lesson, included with your purchase of a Kromski Spinning Wheel. If you live outside the area, your Kromski product can be drop shipped to you and instead of free classes Julie will send an alpaca fleece. 

We recommend beginners start with the Sonata. 

Here’s why:

The Sonata is clearly the  top choice in the traveling wheel category!

This spinning wheel can be unpacked from the highly durable, heavily padded backpack (that is INCLUDED with purchase) and ready to spin at your next class or guild meeting in 3 minutes or less. When the Sonata is folded for transportation, the dimensions are a compact 22” tall, 19.5” wide and 7” deep. Carrying the Sonata is almost effortless because the wheel and bag combined weight is less than 16 pounds.

Made from beautiful, hand-picked European alder and birch woods, the exceptional value, style and function of this travel wheel make it a very popular choice amongst spinners everywhere.

These features combined with the options of adding a Jumbo Flyer kit make this a very  unique traveling wheel. Jumbo Flyer kits expand the spinners range in two ways. First, the type  of yarn created can vary from lace-weight to super bulky art yarn because of the larger orifice on  the jumbo flyer. Subsequently, the jumbo bobbin allows spinners double capacity of the regular Kromski bobbin from over 4 oz. up to half pound! This means longer, continual drafts for skeins with greater yardage.

The Kromski Sonata Includes :

  • 3 bobbins (120g/4.2oz capacity)
  • Spinning Wheel Oil
  • Threading Hook
  • Heavily Padded Backpack

We recommend the Sonata for beginners however we offer the whole line of Kromski products. Kromski offers 7 different spinning wheels in a choice of finishes along with accessories. We carry the table looms and needle felting kits along with the Polish Merino Wool. 

It might take  a while to get all the products up on the website but you can still order your wants by emailing Julie at juliesalpacas@gmail.com  until you see it on the website. If you want to see all the Kromski products we carry you can view the Kromski website at this address: http://kromskina.com/ . 

August 4, 2021

Quarry Critters Alpaca Ranch    Littlestown, PA 17340

 

March 2020 News

SCAT DAY 

Come Pick up  a load.
What is SCAT DAY? 
It’s a day to start your spring garden. To help you Quarry Critters Alpaca Ranch has been processing alpaca poop into wonder Soil, to Care for your plants, using Alpaca poop, creating superior soil Treatment. SCAT.
On March 28th, 8-noon we will be scooping up this wonderful rich soil and dumping a load into your pick up truck about 1/3 yard. You will take your first load home FREE along with 10% off your alpaca products from the gift shop.
Spread the SCAT over your garden and then garden as you would normally. You won’t believe the results.
Call or email ahead to reserve your load and we will double your free load to twice the amount. Read more…
We have created a mighty fine package of proven females. Click on the link above to see.
We are offering a Ownership class March 8, 2020. That is Sunday 2:00 – 4:00 Visit the alpacas and ask about purchasing them.
Here’s more fun stuff going on this month…
March 2020
Quarry Critters Alpaca Gift shop will now be openWednesdays – Saturdays at 11:00 to 4:00.
We will offer Ranch tours, by appointment or call ahead, on Saturdays $8.00 per person,
We will still open for by appointment. your shopping needs*** Important Announcement ****Shop will be closed Wednesday, March 11th***Fiber Arts EnthusiastWe invite those that would like to come sit and knit, crochet, spin, or do needle felting with other fiber lovers.
Every Thursday 2:30 – 4:30.Yarn Over KnittingFor those people that would like a group to knit later in the day we have a group once a month.
Check out our website calendar. We meet the second Thursday each month. Come when you can 4:30 – 7:00.
Yarn and knitting supplies are available.Shearing Day
May 17, 2020 all day
Looking for volunteers please sign up at www.volunteersignup.org/DTJXR

Farm Days
September 26, 2020 9:00 – 3:00
Looking for handmade vendors or Littlestown local small businesses, to sell or demonstrate their products.
Call 717-359-9989 if interested

Thanks for reading to the end.

News and Event Feb. 2020

February 2020 

Quarry Critters Alpaca Gift shop will now be open 

Wednesday – Saturdays at 11:00 to 4:00. 

We will offer Ranch tours, by appointment or call ahead,  on Saturdays $8.00 per person, 

  •  We will still open for your shopping needs by appointment. 

 

Fiber Arts Enthusiast  

  • We open the gift shop to those that would like to come sit and knit, crochet, spin, or do needle felting with other fiber lovers. 
  • Every Thursday 2:30 – 4:30 you are welcome to come join us. 

 

Yarn Over Knitting

For those people that would like a group to knit with but are unable to join the weekly group we offer a once a month time to come later in the day. 

  • Check out our website calendar. We meet the second Thursday each month. Come when you can 4:30 – 7:00. 
  • Yarn and knitting supplies are available. 
  • Let QCAR know if you would like to learn to knit. We can help you get started and help you until you are confident. 

 

Skirting Workshop 

  • When: February 12, 2020 – Time: 3:00 – 4:30 
  • Cost $15 

                           Once the fleece comes off the alpaca then what? 

  • We will skirt or clean up the alpaca blanket. 
  • We will grade the fiber based on the individual fibers, 
  • We will discuss the difference between 2nds and thirds. 
  • We will answer the question, “what to do with the alpaca fiber based on the grade. 
  • We will discuss how to separate your fibers on shearing day. 

 

Spinning Wheel Workshop 

  • When: February 20, 2020 Time: 11:00 – 1:00 
  • Cost $75.00 for 3 sessions 
  • Call QCAR 717-359-9989  to register. 
  • Then continue to come for the practice with friends
  • Bring your own wheel. 
  • You will learn to prepare the fiber (4 oz. included with class) and how to make yarn.

 

Alpaca Ownership Class

  • When: March 8, 2020 Time: 2:00 – 4:00
  • Cost $25, person, discount for multiple members 
  • introduction to Alpaca Ownership
  • Information that you’ll need to get started
  • Shelter for alpacas
  • How to keep your herd healthy
  • Field and barn set up
  • Feed
  • Pasture nutrition
  • Cost of alpacas
  • Breeding practices
  • Birthing
  • Tax advantages to owning alpacas

 

Featured Alpaca Package: Sweetheart Deal

These alpacas are being offered at 50% off the website price: 

Males  Regular Price  50% off price 

 

Lee  $3000 $1500 
Lawrence  $1500  $750 
Billy  $2000 $1000
Ironclad  $10,000 $5000

 

Females  Regular Price  50% off price 
Opal  $2500  $1250
Faith  $2000 $1000
Nutmeg  $2500  $1250 
Kate  $1500 $750 
Penny $1500 $750 

We are not keen on selling one alpaca but if you have 2 or more alpacas on your farm we will consider selling just one. All others must have at least 2 but 3 is recommended. 

This 50% sale is good throughout the month of February 2020. You’re lucky, it’s leap year, you get an extra day. 

 

Shearing Day 

May 17, 2020 all day 

Looking for volunteers please sign up at www.volunteersignup.org/DTJXR

Farm Days 

September 26,2020 9:00 – 3:00

Looking for handmade vendors  or Littlestown local small businesses, to sell or demonstrate their products. 

Call 717-359-9989 if interested 

Alpaca Fleece Harvest Planning aka: Shearing Day

Quarry Critters Alpaca Ranch

www.volunteersignup.org/DTJXR

 

All year long we offer fiber arts classes and a gift shop fill with products and apparel made with alpaca fiber.

Where does all that alpaca fiber come from?

The answer is it comes from alpaca fleece.

 

                                       

Here at Quarry Critters Alpaca Ranch, we breed and raise quality alpacas to produce soft, dense, crimpy fleeces so we can use their fleece to make these things.

We shear our alpacas once a year. Harvest is known as “Shearing Day ”. On shearing day all our alpacas get a haircut, this is where we collect alpaca fleece. This is a very big day. It requires many hands. To make light work and include alpaca enthusiasts, we rely on volunteers.  It’s a long day and a dirty job but we always try to have fun. We keep our volunteers fed and hydrated with a quick grab of coffee and breakfast snack, a sit down -all you can eat- luncheon, plenty of water, tea, sodas and conversation. Once we find that very special alpaca, (the last one),  we open the bar and celebrate with a “Naked Alpaca Happy Hour”.

Our shearing day harvest  has run successfully every year because of our wonderful volunteers and good planning. Throughout the years we have tried to improve on how to make our shearing day run smoother. We have developed stations with specific roles and responsibilities.

Let’s take a look at these stations.

 

Shearing Stations

#1 Greatest shearer of all times

~ Nathan Good~

Nathan is our shearer. On shearing day he is the master.

Let’s make sure to respect the most important  job of all.

Without him the work stops.

 

Shearing Mat:

Duties:

  1. Pull fiber away from alpaca as it gets shorn off alpaca.
  2. Fiber is placed in bags, according to location from where it was removed.

Locations-

    1. Prime Blanket is often “noodled”. Noodling is placing plastic on the mat near the alpaca. As fiber is gently pulled away from the alpaca it is placed on the plastic. When directed that all the “blanket” or 1st  has been removed by Nathan, then the plastic is “noodled”, (to noodle is to rolled up like a sleeping bag. Make sure not to overlap fiber on fiber. Use extra plastic if needed)
    2. Side Sample– Nathan will cut a small sample of fiber from the blanket location. This sample will go in the labeled baggy.
    3. Seconds– comes from neck and belly, if unsure ask.
    4. Thirds- comes from the legs and tail location.

Pictured here are shearing day fiber locations.

  • After the alpaca leaves the area on the floor, it is swept clean for the next alpaca. It is very important to keep the same colors together without allowing different color contamination.

 

Alpaca Handlers :

Duties:

Halter, lead, snuggle, comfort alpacas, talk to them, then return alpaca to their home stall, after shearing on the mat.

Handler 1: Halter and lead alpacas to the grooming area

Handler 2: Hold alpacas until the shearer is ready to put the alpaca on mat.

Handler 3: Walk alpaca back to their stalls/fields after shearing.

 

Groomers:

 Grooming the alpaca. Preparing to get sheared. 

Duties:  

Use tools provided to rid the alpaca of all unwanted waste material, dung, hay, food stuff

Tools: Vacuum, wands, hand patting

Handlers: needed to hold alpacas while being groomed.

 

Fiber Room:  

 Duties:

  1. Keep in constant contact with alpaca handlers to control the alpaca shearing order.
  2. Writes names on all 3-4 bags
  • Banket– large clear 55 drum bag
  • Side Sample– gallon zip lock baggy
  • Seconds-blue tall kitchen bags
  • Thirds – white tall kitchen bags

Make sure the alpaca chip number matches the name on fleece bags.

Call out any special instructions such as: sock, towel, teeth, toenails, show coat or noodle

Help roll noodle or educate mat volunteer.

Weigh on scale:

  1. A) prime blanket then record on spreadsheet
  2. B) second & thirds can weigh together then record on spreadsheet
  3. C) Weigh all together, 1st, 2nds, 3rds then record on spreadsheet

Pass 2nds and thirds to skirting stall

Prime blankets will be place in the big boxes for their finally use. 

 

Skirting Stall:

Duties:

  1. Fiber – working with 2nds and 3rds.
  2. Clean any unwanted fibers, stiff hairs, dung, hay or short cuts. This would be trash, throw on floor.
  3. Separate colors. Use large drum size cans, labeled
    1. Lights – White, beige included in this can
    2. Fawns– light tan to light brown  included in this can
    3. Browns– dark browns, bay black  included in this can
    4. Blacks – black black included in this can
  4. Separate length-
    1. 2nds– are 2 inches (about the length of your thumb) or longer
    2. 3rds- are shorter than 2 inches (shorter than your thumb).

Clear plastic 55 gallon drum liners should be placed in each can and labeled to match the label on the drum can. As the drum liner gets filled take out the drum liner bag and tie up and place in a corner. (Be sure it has a label)

All fiber will be collected and driven up to the processing room for later processing.  

 

But wait there’s more!!!!

****Maybe you want to help but don’t want to be in the barn. Maybe one of these stations would be of interest to you.****

 

Gift shop:

Duties:

  1. Help customers with shopping needs
  2. Educate visitors on all things that can be made with alpaca fiber.
    1. pass out Alpaca SCAT postcards and take reservations for SCAT pick up.
    2. Enter a drawing to win a pair of alpaca socks. Entry form includes name, email, phone, and town. 
    3. Fiber Sale: $1.85 oz reduced from $2.00 oz. If purchase is less than a pound.
    4. Monitor the house. Make sure people have a reason for being there.

 

Food prep for Volunteers:

Duties:

  1. Be the host/hostess with the mostest
  2. Morning Coffee, muffins, fruit
  3. Lunch: pick up from LaBella’s, & Subway, (pre ordered) set out food, drinks and utensils
  4. Naked alpaca happy hour: pick up food from LaBella’s set out food drinks and utensils
  5. Trash cans
  6. Coolers, ice
  7. Tables, tablecloths, flowers, napkins

 

Well, I hope you saw a station that was of interest to you. If you love alpacas, fiber, having fun, or helping others then this is your day. We will be ever so grateful for your time.

 

Please click the link to sign up.—>www.volunteersignup.org/DTJXR

 

Thanks for your commitment to Quarry Critters and all the alpacas on the ranch.

Julie and David Wysong

717-359-9989

 

Why Shear an Alpaca?

Shearing Day will be here in just a few days. With all this rain it feels more like April Showers instead of May. I sure am hoping for a nice sunny day. It will be so much nicer to store dry fleece instead of wet.
You are invited to come watch the process and even get your hands dirty by sorting fibers. The alpaca Gift shop will be open 1-4 and earlier by request. Just ask for Julie

Why do we shear the alpacas?
Shearing is important to the health of the alpaca. While their fiber keeps them warm through the winter it is too heavy and hot through the summer. The alpacas do not shed the extra fiber so it must be shorn off to keep the alpacas comfortable and healthy.
The alpaca fleece is valuable. It’s a great reason to shear them. Even if you have pet alpacas shearing is a must because of the health issue.

At Quarry Critters Alpaca Ranch we have many volunteers to make this transition move smoothly for all 38 of our alpacas and 4 alpacas that will be returning to get their hair cut.
We have handlers that go into the fields or stalls to collect the alpacas by halter and lead.
The handlers bring the alpacas to the groomer that uses special tools and a vacuum to get the large and small unwanted vegetable matter, dune and dust off the alpacas. The handlers also talk sweetly to the stressed out alpacas, soothingly waiting until it’s their turn on the mat.
All four of the alpacas legs are restrained and the alpaca is gently placed on an athletic mat. Our shearer, Nathan Good, then proceeds to get the alpaca a haircut. Nathan brings his own helper to hold the alpaca’s head. If needed the alpaca will get their teeth and toenails trimmed. Once release, after about 10 minutes, the handler will return the alpaca to the field.

Then the fiber fun begins. During shearing day we sort through the 2nds & 3rd cuts to fit the artisans needs instead of where it comes off the alpaca. The artisitians would like to use 2nds that are as long as your thumb or longer and 3rds then are shorter than the length of your thumb.

Prime coat or 1st fleece comes from the part of the alpaca’s back where it would wear a saddle if it were a horse. The Prime coat is used to make wearables, that you want to be soft next to your skin. We make this available for handle spinners, weavers or crafters. Some of the alpaca fleece is sent off to mini mills to be made into yarn, roving, rug yarn. Some it sent off to the co op to be made into socks, scarves, and other alpaca products. Many of these products, yarn, roving or fleece can be purchased in our Alpaca Gift shop here on the ranch or on our website: www.quarrycrittersalpacas.com
Shearing day specials:
Purchase the whole fleece($2.00 per oz) and receive seconds & thirds at no additional charge.
Spent $65 in the gift shop (this includes the fleece) and receive a free needle felting kit.
Fleeces can be seen on the alpacas on Saturday, May 19, 2018 by appointment and picked up on Sunday, May 20th after it is shorn off the alpaca. Now that’s a fresh fleece.
Please
Visit our Alpaca Gift Shop

Gift Shop Hours are now:

Always Open
Online (www.QuarryCrittersAlpacas.com) or
On the Ranch by appointment 717-359-9989, juliesalpacas@gmail.com

Shop in store
No appointment needed
October – January
Fridays and Saturdays ~~~ 11:00 – 4:00

March-April
No appointment needed
Gift Shop and SCAT collection open on Saturdays 8-12

Gift shop always open during EVENTS
Events:
Shearing Day-
Sunday, May 20, 2018
1:00 – 4:00

Farm Days-
Saturday, September 29, 2018
9:00 – 3:00

SCAT~ — Saturday, March 16, 2019
8:00 – 12:00
Come pick up a free load of SCAT- Alpaca enhanced soil
Along with 10% off gift shop, this day only

717-359-9989
Look forward to seeing all sometime out at the ranch.

Quarry Critters Alpaca Ranch
And Gift Shop
580 Basehoar Rd.
Littlestown, PA 17345
www.QuarryCrittersAlpacas.com
juliesalpacas@gmail.com
davidsalpacas@gmail.com
717-359-9989

Oh that darn Meningeal Worm….

In Memory of
Peruvian Ace of Heart

March 28, 2004 — May 12, 2014

As an alpaca owner we are always worried about that darn little worm that can migrate into the alpaca and cause damage to the central nervous system or result in death. That worm is know as the meningeal worm and is hosted by the white tail deer. In PA, we certainly have lots of white tail deer running about about therefore protocol calls for deworming of our alpacas. Here at Quarry Critters Alpaca Ranch we use Dectomax every 6 weeks and we have Guinnea Hens. Guinnea Hens are a pea fowl that eats this snail and their eggs/larva. Another dewormer often used alternatively is Ivermectin.

Here are some other means of prevention:
* Ideally alpacas should not graze in the same pasture as the white tailed deer.
* Placing a deer proof fence may offer some protection, but that would be a 12 foot high fence of
woven wire not high tensile fencing.
* eliminate organic matter. Snails and slugs prefer dark, damp areas therefore these pests will gather
around the leaves, buildings, wood piles, compost, etc. It’s a good idea to keep pasture and areas
around the barn clean.
* placing gravel or limestone around the fence lines can help to reduce migration of these slugs
into the pasture.
* Fowl such as Guinea Hens will help decrease snail and slug population in the fields
* Use of dewormers are recommended such as Ivermectin every 30 days or Dectomax every 45 days

Make every effort to know the prevention and be diligent in your management to reduce risk and maintain a healthy meningeal worm free herd.

I’m so sadden at the lose of our favorite herd sire Peruvian Ace of Hearts. Yes, he was infected by the meningeal worm. We first noticed lost in weight. Then he stopped following us around eager to eat, and stopped eating. We called the vet and got lots of help and meds. This helped his spirits and his appetite returned. He was his old self again except he wasn’t using his legs. We work physical therapy on his legs twice a day in an an attempt to keep the circulation moving. The vet loaned us a hoist to help lift him so he
would be able to put pressure on his legs. This was incredibly helpful. He fought a good fight. He stayed true to the end. May 12, 2014 at age 10 Ace passed away.

Ace is survived by many fine off springs both male and female. He was able to produce many colors but his favorite color was medium fawn. His EPD put him in the top 1% of the American herd for his fine crimp. Ace participated in alpaca shows such as 2005 Empire Show and placed 5th out of 12 white yearling males, 2006 was in the North American alpaca Show and placed 6th. He was also known for his incredibly dense blanket.

Ace was loved by all and will be missed.