Farm Chatter

Farm Chatter

March 14, 2012 Spring is coming!

Spring is coming to the farm.  As the flowers start to peek up to see the sun, we are working on learning how to navigate and update the new website in word press!  Hang in there with us!

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August 28, 2011: Hurricane Irene

August 28, 2011: Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene is bearing down on us today and we pray that all our friends and family everywhere, stay safe and out of harms way. As of this hour, 4:00 am, all at the farm is well. The alpacas are all inside the barn and seem content to stay there until this all passes. We have filled up every spare water jug so that we will have fresh water for the animals if we lose power. We have our local friends with city water on stand by, so we can go refill as needed. I suppose if someone decides they must have a cria today during all this crazinees,...

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June 2011

June 2011

This year we were invited to participate in the Connecticut Irish Festival in North Haven. We had a great time. The alpacas loved the irish music, especialy The Rogues, featured above! Our set up at the Irish Festival. I spent the weekend spinning! Summer has finally arrived at Hunter Hill Alpacas. We are busy dyeing yarn, spinning and knitting. The alpacas are all shorn and enjoying their first fleece free days! Please call us to schedule a visit! Congratulations to our own Jeremiah Squier from Twist of Fate Spinnery on his win at the 2nd...

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February 14, 2011: Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2011: Happy Valentine’s Day!

I just picked up 467 skeins of wonderful 100 % alpaca yarn and 80 bumps of roving from the mill. Jeremiah and Rick at Twist of Fate Spinnery in Portland, CT, did a terrific job, as always. Thanks guys! Photos to follow!

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Thanksgiving Day, 2010

Thanksgiving Day, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends, family, customers and supporters! We are truly blessed and have so very much to be thankful for. We are greatful for each and every one of you and thank you for your continued support! We hope to see everyone this weekend at our Annual Holiday Open Farm Days! Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm! Stop by and say hello, check out the new alpaca cria, and do some holiday shopping!     Come meet the fall alpaca...

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October 22, 2010

October 22, 2010

Check out these new alpaca leads!  Ever wonder what to do with all that extra lead while you are in the show ring? I tried holding it in my left hand, letting it dangle, dropping it when I showed teeth, but it was always in the way. This new lead solves that problem.   An all in one loop  makes showing your alpaca a cinch. Slip your arm through the loop and then grasp the lead.    Enough lead to do what you need but not a lot of excess to keep track of. Made by the Jeremiah and Rick at Twist of Fate Spinnery. We tested them out at the...

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August 2, 2010

August 2, 2010

NEWS FLASH!! Hunter Hill Alpacas has just received the results of their 2009/2010 micron tests, are they are OUTSTANDING!! The tests showed that 84% of the animals tested were below 25 microns, 45% were below 20 microns and 16% were below 17 microns. And amazingly, only 5 of the animals that were tested were white! These results confirm the success of the Hunter Hill breeding program in breeding one of the finest colored alpaca herds in the...

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May 30, 2010

The spring show season went well. We took five alpacas to NAAS and MAPACA and they all recieved ribbons at both shows! Happy Memorial Day Weekend! This update is long overdue. We bought a new computer several months ago, and it was a Windows 7 based computer. Our Adobe Suite of software, including our website software, would not work!!! Adobe just came out with new software and this is my first attempt at using it! Don’t you hate when you just learn how to do something and then it all changes!!

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January 1, 2010

January 1, 2010

Happy New Year to Everyone! We wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous 2010! It was a busy holiday season here at Hunter Hill. We appreciate your patronage in our Alpaca farm store and your continued support in our alpaca adventure. Thank you! The Gallagher Family & Hunter Hill Alpacas We would be remiss in reviewing 2009 to not say farwell to a few of our recent alpaca departures! Misty, Bayleigh and Cleo are now happily settled in at Blue Opal Alpacas in New Hampshire! Sir Trenton, Buster Brown and Goldsworthy are hanging out in...

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October 1 , 2009

October 1 , 2009

Happy October! Steve and I celebrate our wedding anniversary today, as has been the pattern in recent years, we spend it at the Big E Alpaca show! Please stop by if you head up to the fair this weekend. We will be in the Mallory building. Sunday in Durham we had some rain at the Fair, so my boots came home looking a bit more broken in! Something about walking and driving in mud up to your ankles can do that! Thank you to everyone who stopped by to see us last weekend at the Durham Fair. We had a wonderful weekend catching up with old friends...

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September 7, 2009

September 7, 2009

Welcome Glen Ridge Peruvian Ambassador to Hunter Hill! After much anticipation, Ambassador has finally arrived. He is a multiple Championship winning white male, who has held his own in the show ring with the best white males in the country. His dam, Cheetah, is a five-time Color Champion. She is the dame to Champions Lahoya and Mulberry (who sold at auction for $125,000). His sire is Diplomat, who was only shown once, but took the Championship. His pedigree includes Dracula, Guellermo, Epifania and Mr. President. Ambassador has begun his...

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August 9, 2009

August 9, 2009

August already, where has the summer gone! We are awaiting the last 2 cria of the season. Treasure and Adelaide certainly seem ready!. We havealready been blessed this year with 7 little cria who are growing bigger and stronger by the day. We had our first preemie, Kayleigh, born at only 10 pounds. After a rocky start, she seems to be doing well. Exiting news for us Connecticut folks, the New England Coastal Classic is moving from Maine to Worcester, MA this year! It will make it much more convenient for us and we hope you can take a ride up...

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April 11, 2009

April 11, 2009

Finneus McCool at the North American Alpaca Show! Both Finn and Doug Hermann, of Photography by Herrmann, were very tolerant during picture taking! Thank you Doug for letting the girls take a photo too. We appreciate it.

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April 9, 2009

After a long snowy winter, spring is trying to break through. We look forward to long, warm, sunny days! The North American Alpaca Show was this past weekend. There were 1050 alpaca registered. It was terrific to see all the familiar faces and nice to meet some new folks too! Finneus McCool, our 10 month old little boy, won 1st place in his class and then went on to win the Multi Male Color Championship! YEAH Finn!!! Glen Ridge Peruvian Ambassador, a spectacular yearling who we co-own with Glen Ridge Farm, won 1st place, and took the Reserve...

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September 1, 2008

September 1, 2008

Fall is on it’s way! The evenings are getting cooler and the days s…. all signs that summer is coming to a quick end. We are enjoying watching our little herd of cria pronking around the pastures, there really is nothing like it! On the home front, the kids are back to school and we begin to get back to the normal school routine, all this as we ready for the fast approaching fall shows! You will find us at the Big E alpaca show, the New England Coastal Classic, and the Empire Extravaganza, and don’t forget National Alpaca...

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June 8 , 2008

June 8 , 2008

Shearing day has come and gone and the alpacas are much happier! Especially with this recent heat wave. Matt Best of Best Shearing (www.bestshearing.com),and Jeremiah Squier, of Twist of Fate Spinnery (www.twistoffatespinnery.com), along with our terrific shearing crew, did a wonderful job getting all 35 alpacas shorn in a quick and organized fashion. We appreciate it. Two more cria have arrived here at Hunter Hill. Photos coming soon! More exciting news here at Hunter Hill Alpacas is the future expansion of the alpaca farm. We are in the...

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May 3, 2008

May 3, 2008

Things have been busy here at Hunter Hill! It is spring cria season, and here is our first, baby Zephora! A nice little girl. She was born on a friday morning causing a slight delay of our arrival at work and school!! Winnie, this lovely gray girl owned by my Mom and Tom, attended both the North American and Mapaca Alpacas shows. She took a first and a second place and was shown by my Mom! We had a great show season, and were thrilled with the performance of our first crop of Fiber Optic Cria! Please contact us to set up a drive by breeding...

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March 30, 2008

March 30, 2008

  Only a few days left until we head out for the North American Alpaca show! It will be a busy week here as we try to get both the alpacas and the people ready! See you there! KJ Hay, hay, hay, and more hay….. just about 8.5 tons! Saturday was hay day at Hunter Hill Alpacas. We had an early morning delivery and with the help of friends, neighbors, and Mike the hay man, had it all unloaded and stacked pretty quickly! The alpacas are loving their new hay and come running when they see me come out with a new...

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March 16 , 2008

Spring appears to finally be on the way! We are getting ready for spring cria and shows. We set up the maternity ward today so keep a watch on the alpaca cam! I have been trying to do some knitting by attending a weekly Tuesday night “Stitch & Bitch” here in Bristol. I have met a really terrific group of women there and they are more than happy to help me along with my small projects! (I am not a really great knitter!) Hi Ladies!!!

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January 28, 2008

January 28, 2008

Is it summer yet? I have had enough of this cold, snow and ice! The alpacas are loving it and do not find seem to mind at all. Everyone is looking great in full fleece, getting rounder by the day! Registration for the spring shows has begun. It is hard to believe that show season is just around the corner! We are planning on attending the North American Alpaca Show up at the Big E fairgrounds, as well as MAPACA in Harrisburg, PA. Hope to see you there!...

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December 15, 2007

December 15, 2007

Isabella posing for the holiday photo shoot! Today we are in the midst of an icy Noreaster! Earlier in the week we had over a foot of snow! The alpacas don’t seem to mind. Steve used the snow blower to make some paths for them and they seem very content! Today it is icy sleet and wind! Is it summer yet? We finally did the holiday photo shoot last weekend. For those of you who have not had the pleasure, it is not easy to get two girls and a heard of alpacas to all pose nice!! Silly girls with the giggles! We wish you all a blessed,...

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November 7, 2007

Fall has finally set in and the temperatures here are dropping! It is definatley alpaca wear weather. The show season has wrapped up and all the fall cria have arrived. It is hard to believe that it is time to think about the holidays. Thanksgiving weekend is Holiday Open Farm Days here at Hunter Hill. Check the events page for details more details and plan to stop by.

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October 10, 2007

October 10, 2007

I can’t believe it is October already! Things have been very busy here on the farm. September 29, 2007 was National Alpaca Farm Day across the country. Governor Rell and the Mayor of Bristol both Proclaimed it National Alpaca farm day here in Connecticut! We had a great event at the farm and even had a visit from NBC 30 TV!! Thank you to everyone who had the chance to stop by! That same weekend we were also up at the Big E alpaca show! We had a terrific show and our Cooper took the Black male Color Championship! Hunter Hill Dimaggio...

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July 9, 2007

July 9, 2007

Hunter Hill Alpacas has added a green Honda Element to the family. It is the new mobile breeding vehicle! Fiber Optic had his first trip this past weekend! Please check out our spectacular males and let us bring them to you! Welcome Fiber Optic’s Joya! She was born on July 2, 2007 on a nice summer day! She is so shiny she almost glitters in the...

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June 10, 2007

June 10, 2007

At long last, Marilyn Monroe and Fiber Optic bestowed upon us a beautiful little girl I call her the Princess!! She is soft as a cloud and very dainty. She loves to have her neck rubbed. I have tried to explain to Marilyn that Princess is my baby too, and most of the time she puts up with me, but sometimes she just gives me that look. . . . . . The rest of the cria herd is doing well. They have completely taken over the pastures and love to pronk around together. It really is amazing to just sit and watch them play. We are so very blessed to...

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June 3, 2007

June 3, 2007

It is cria time again at Hunter Hill. On May 22, 2007, Esmerelda graced us with a delicious little brown boy! (Steve has named him Buster Brown) Son of Black Storm! He is a feisty fellow, and is already giving the older crias a run for their money! Fiber Optic is at it again!! This time, a spectacular dark brown little girl, born June 2, 2007, at 22 pounds! Mom is our black dam, Sweetness. This is sure to be one fine cria. Madison had a soccer game at 8 am, and she and I stopped at the grocery store on the way home and missed the whole...

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May 20, 2007

May 20, 2007

Since shearing, we have had a few very cold and rainy days. Today we had a bit of sun and everyone was thrilled to get out onto the grass! Just hanging out All that sun is...

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May 16, 2007

May 16, 2007

Shearing day has arrived! This year, maybe the first year ever, we actually had fairly dry alpacas! Things got underway around 9:30 a.m. with Marilyn Monroe. She was the first of the 25 alpacas to be shorn! We had a terrific crew helping out, and couldn’t have done it without them!!! A BIG thank you to Kim, Pete and Cathy, my Mom and Tom, my sister Lynn, and Janet and Mike from Alpacas at Red Fox Run, and of course, last but not least, the shearer, Matt Best! We got everything done and had some fun too! The above photo shows Montgomery,...

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May 9, 2007

The whole Gallagher family, and a few alpacas went to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to the MAPACA Jubilee at the end of April. We had a wonderful time and the alpacas all did well. Madison and Reese entered a “make an alpaca” contest for the kids, and both won in their age groups! They were thrilled. The cria are all doing well, growing by leaps and bounds. We have moved them in with the main female herd, and put our next group of expectant moms in the “alpaca cam” pen. Shearing day is May 16, 2007!

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April 22, 2007

April 22, 2007

It has been a busy week! Tuesday Treasure had her very first cria, a little boy with fantastic fiber, which is no suprise since he is the son of our 8 time color champion stud Fiber Optic! He is growing like a weed, and Lily is thrilled to have someone to romp with! It makes life so much more fun.. Then today, Mysticality decided it was her day! A gorgeous dark silver gray male arrived at a whooping 23.5 pounds! Wow! He is the first cria out of our multiple ribbon winning male Black Storm! Check out the alpaca cam to see the three of them...

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April 15, 2007

Tax day and a miserable storm here on the East Coast. I has been raining buckets all day long. Lily has been showing off the latest Hunter Hill cria fashions, changing sweaters and coats several times a day to make sure she stays warm! She is quite the fashion plate! KJ

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April 13, 2007

April 13, 2007

Lily is adjusting nicely and even making some new friends! Miss Niblet and Valentina say their hellos!

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April 11, 2007

April 11, 2007

Welcome Easter Lily!! I had planned her birth for Easter Sunday and was all ready with my easter egg colored sweater. However, as we all know, these things can not be planned! Lily was not quite ready. She held out until Tuesday morning! She weighed in at 17.4 pounds! She is Fiber Optic’s first cria and she is gorgeous. Full of spunk and energy. Having the alpaca cam is wonderful, it allowed the staff at my office to watch Lily being born while I was speeding home in the car!!! When I eventually made it to the computer, I had an email...

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February 20, 2007

It is cold! Not too much snow this year, but a nice ice storm on Valentines day. We are still dealing with the remnants of ice! The alpacas don’t seem to mind very much. When the temps, and wind are very bad, they stick close to the barn, but are quick to come outside at the smallest glimpse of sunshine! The biggest issue has been the water faucets in the barn freezing. That means we are back to lugging buckets of hot water from the kitchen sink! We are anxiously awaiting the start of the spring birthing season. We will keep you posted...

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November 9, 2006

After a full day of rain, today brings warm weather again! It makes it easy to forget that winter is just around the corner. The cria are all growing like weeds, and enjoy pronking around the pasture together! They are all weaned, and adjusting just fine. KJ

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October 12, 2006

There is a chill in the air this morning and evidence that fall is officially here. The alpacas are enjoying the cooler weather and spending most of their time outside! Open farm days last weekend were lots of fun and we met many terrific new people. Thank you all for coming, and as always, please email or call with questions!

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