****NEWS FLASH*** Majestic Meadows Alpacas WINS the prestigious Futurity Mid-Sized Breeder of the Year again in 2017! We are also happy to announce that Jeremiah's Peruvian Jumanji was Futurity 2016 and 2017 Get of Sire winner and winner of the 2016 and 2017 Dark Herdsire of the Year Award and the 2016 Reserve Light Herdsire of the Year Award!

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Some really exciting (and surprising) things happened this year as we found ourselves feeling very blessed with a great show season in 2017.  We traveled to the 2017 National Show in Denver, Colorado with some of our best animals and our alpacas were awarded several champion banners and top placements in their respective classes, the competition was tough and the classes were large and we were very proud of our placements there and proud to be at such an event among the industry's best breeding programs..  One of the most surprising things (to me) was that we were awarded the Large Breeders Heritage Cup for the BEST large breeder!!!  By definition, we didn't even realize we could even compete in the large breeder category but based on the number of animals we took and their respective placements and how well we did overall, we received the 2017 AOA Heritage Cup, something we certainly never even dreamed of doing.  Feeling so blessed, honored, excited...all of the above!!

On top of that, some of my fellow alpaca breeders and the AOA Board of Directors, awarded me, Faye Farley, to be one of the shining stars of the alpaca industry.  I kept feeling like somehow they had got it wrong...that somehow I wasn't good enough or hadn't worked hard enough to ever receive such an amazing and special award.  But they said they didn't get it wrong, that I was nominated by several people and the AOA Board was unanimous in supporting me receiving the award!!  I was beyond shocked, beyond words humbled, and so touched and grateful that anyone had even thought enough of me to nominate me for this kind of award.  I'm still in shock and was speechless when my name was called to receive this award.  It's an amazing feeling when people give you a standing ovation...and I have to say it brought me to tears and had me feeling overwhelmed and speechless.  I am truly so thankful to be involved in an industry I absolutely love surrounded by people who have made such an impact and a difference in my life over the last 20 years that I've been in the alpaca business.  The alpaca business...the alpaca people in this business...have changed my life and my world in ways that go beyond the business aspect of owning and raising alpacas.  I am so thankful for this business and for alpaca friends who are truly like family to me.  Blessed, grateful, humbled, honored, touched and moved to tears...oh, yes, all of the above!

 

 

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This story is a saga of sorts...My husband Jeff has always wanted a miniature donkey on the farm.  So we all decided (my two children Kurt and Brittany and our close friends Jerry and Libby Forstner) that it would be fun to surprise Jeff with a miniature donkey for Christmas this year (2016).  So the hunt began...and we all spent the better part of a month trying to find something perfect for him, something young that he could grow with, and something very sweet and lovable.  After all, we were ALL going to be loving on the new addition!!  We had zero luck finding one...everyone was sold out.  One farm, Red Gate Miniature Donkeys, had one female that was still yet to deliver so we put ourselves on a waiting list to be called immediately when the newborn arrived.  Christmas came and went...no calls.  On January 1, 2017 we received a phone call letting us know that Cricket (the pregnant jennet) had delivered a beautiful little rare spotted jennet named "Bella".   

We all thought, fantastic, Jeff's birthday is in February so she will be a great birthday present!!  The kids and I visited the farm to meet the owners of the farm and meet "Bella" and it was love, and purchase, at first sight.  We couldn't wait until his birthday though as we were ALL (Jerry and Libby included) busting at the seams with excitement.  So Jeff and I went back and visited Bella together and the love affair with donkeys truly began.  We purchased Cricket as well so that we could bring Bella home early and enjoy her "baby months" and shortly thereafter purchased three more pregnant jennets and their only black spotted jack (Kodiak) left on their farm after a decision was made by them to retire due to personal health reasons.  Scott and Teresa had been in the donkey business for over 20 years so we were delighted to be able to purchase our new "miniature donkey" herd from one very loving and very dedicated breeding farm.

It wasn't until Mother's Day of this year, 2017, that we were blessed with a beautiful little rare black jennet we now affectionately called Black Pearl.  They told us that we should imprint them with love and attention right away so that they would be friendly.  NO PROBLEM, I said!!  Black Pearl is currently in the process of being loved to death by all who meet her!  

 

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Majestic Meadows Alpacas recently purchased this beautiful young male, Storybook's Peruvian Knight of Grace, from Joe and Reba Matern of Storybook Alpacas located in Mansfield, Ohio.  A Knight of Grace has beautiful grey fleece, excellent conformation and phenotype and we are just so proud and thrilled to have him here with us now on our farm.  I have had the pleasure of getting to know Joe and Reba Matern at the alpaca shows on occasion when I see them and what wonderful people they are!!!  They have always been so nice and so very proud of their own special herdsire by the name of Storybrook's Peruvian Manifestation, a stunning champion winning grey herdsire who caught my eye years ago even before I started to pay special attention to grey alpacas.  

This past weekend, however, at the 2015 Ohio Alpacafest show, my eye was again drawn to a stunning young male they had at the show by the name of Knight of Grace.  As I was speaking with Reba she asked if I remembered "Manny" (aka Manifestation) and I said, Of course I do!  And she asked if I wanted to see one of his sons that she had brought to the show of which I said yes as I remembered how nice the herdsire was and I was specifically interested to see what quality he was producing.  Can you say WOW!!!!!!  Phenotypically beautiful...with a beautiful grey fleece full of bundles, character, staple length, excellent handle and the kind of density that I love to see in a young male.  Yes, a wow!!  She then sweetly tells me he is for sale and then this is where the story gets even more special...

100 percent...100 percent...of the proceeds of this sale (and actually any alpaca sale made on their farm before December 1, 2015) will be contributed DIRECTLY to the Nazarene Fund to help with Johnnie Moore's rescue effort of Christians from Syria.  100 percent of EVERY sale will be contributed to a cause that is very near and dear to both Joe and Reba and so many others who are working to save the lives of people and families in the Middle East.  Kinda made the WOW I felt when I looked at his fleece seem pretty insignificant.

So Joe and Reba Matern, thank you both for letting me be involved in purchasing such a special young male and for allowing me to be part of such a special cause.  This story is a WOW alright, but the real wow of this story is in the generosity and hearts of the two very thoughtful and kind people who own and run Storybook Alpacas. 

 

 

 

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I have always found the days following shearing to be filled with mid mornings like this...fields littered with alpacas stretched out motionless and appearing lifeless.  Most visitors panic wondering, Are they okay??  Ah, yes, they are more than okay...they are at peace as they are resting and enjoying the sunshine.  Wonder if they would notice me if I went out and joined them...I could use some sunshine and relaxation today.  Cool

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