LGD pair to good home
We have downsized our herd to a handful of "seniors" who are living out their retirement here on the farm.
Buck (Great Pyr)and Star (Italian Maremma) are working livestock dogs who really need more work. Both are neutered/spayed. Both are 7 years old. They have been together since they were pups. I would love to find them a new job and they will be free to a good home where they will have alpacas or sheep or goats to guard.
Since 1999 we have been raising huacaya alpacas on our 197 acre farm in southeast Ohio's Wayne National Forest area.
Our goal was to raise livestock that were easy to handle and provided a valuable final product: fiber. It was important to us to be involved in every aspect of the production of our fiber. To that end, we shear our alpacas ourselves, then decide if the fiber will be handspun by Cathy, or sent to a mill to be made into yarn for sale or weaving into hand-loomed rugs.
Cathy has become an accomplished spinner and has judged many Spin-offs for AOBA certified shows, including the AOBA National show and many regional affiliate shows. She also is an avid knitter and has taken up weaving with just as much enthusiasm in the last year or so. Hand-dyeing rovings and yarns produced from fiber raised at Straightfork is just another passion and these days you can find Cathy attending Fiber Festivals with her fiber wares to sell.
Another benefit of our 16 year alpaca adventure has been the wonderful friends we have made. Many of them are folks who have purchased alpacas from us and some are other alpaca breeders we have met through various organizations, while yet others are fellow spinners and weavers and fiber-producers.
But in truth, we got into alpacas for the love of animals. All animals. Currently at Straightfork Farm, you will find about 5 alpacas, 4 dogs, 5 cats, and 6 chickens. We delight in the day to day work required to keep everyone fed and sheltered, whether it is in making our own hay, spreading mounds of manure on the hayfields, or maintaining our acreage. Who needs a gym membership?