A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

November 26, 2018

Holiday Gatherings are Fun at Windrush Alpacas

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Are you looking for something new and different to do with your friends and family to celebrate the season? Create a new tradition and visit the alpacas at Windrush Alpacas’ Open Farm Day.

During your visit, you can tour the farm, learn why we raise alpacas, about their habits, and how we use their fleece. You can interact with and feed the alpacas – even learn their names! Each alpaca is unique and very special to us!

We make holiday shopping easy too! Our Farm Store is stocked with gifts for everyone on your list. Alpaca fleece gloves and hats, scarves and shawls, unique toys for kids and even some for your dogs and cats! Just think of how surprised your friends and relatives will be when they open a soft and warm gift made from alpaca fiber.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served at the Farm Store.

 

The Farm Store will also be open December 1, 15 & 22, in case you can’t make it to Open Farm Day. Farm Store hours are 10-3.

 

Another unique gift idea is to enroll your friends in our Adopt-A-Paca© program. Your gift recipient can have a very special alpaca to visit if they visit the farm! But even if they can’t, they will get an official certificate, a picture of their alpaca and occasional letters from them too! You can choose which alpaca to adopt for them. And why not adopt one for yourself as well?

Create special holiday memories by attending Open Farm Day.  There is always something new to learn and see at the farm, so if you’ve been here before, please come again! Stop by anytime on Saturday, December 8 between 10 am and 3 pm!  Be ready for plenty of picture taking too!

It’s always free admission and free parking. Windrush Alpacas farm is located just 1-1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM. Watch our Facebook page for updates www.facebook.com/WindrushAlpacas.

For more information, call us at 575-683-5177 or visit our website at www.windrushalpacas.com, shop online at http://www.windrushalpacas.net/store/ , or sign up for our newsletter at http://eepurl.com/xhiwn! Learn more about our Adopt-a-Program here http://www.windrushalpacas.com/pages/2087/adopt-a-paca

November 30, 2015

Create a New Holiday Tradition at Windrush Alpacas

The approach of the holidays brings excitement and anticipation of annual traditions shared with family and friends. Every so often, however, it is fun and interesting to change it up a bit – and we’ve got the perfect new tradition to add to your December calendar!

On Saturday, December 12th from 10 am to 3 pm Windrush Alpacas will be open for our Open Farm Day Event during which we offer tours of our working alpaca farm, give educational demonstrations and allow visitors to interact with our fun and friendly alpacas. It’s a fun day for people of all ages – and a wonderful stop to add to your holiday memory making.

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To make this day not only fun, but helpful in crossing items off your gift list, our Farm Store is open on Open Farm Day and EVERY Saturday before Christmas so you can do your holiday shopping for loved ones and friends. Our store is stocked with ready-to-wear, warm and soft alpaca fleece socks, hats, scarves and shawls, as well as toys, bedding, crafting supplies and more. The shelves are filled with a wide variety of gifts for everyone on your list!

If you need a very unique gift for that ‘hard to buy for’ relative, visit the Farm Store on Open Farm Day or any Saturday in December so we can tell you about our Adopt-a-Paca program. Having an alpaca to call their own will warm anyone’s heart this holiday season! Check out the link above to see which alpacas are available. You may fall in love with one on sight! And the best part is – the paca stays on our farm! No work for you or your recipient.

It’s always free admission and free parking. Windrush Alpacas farm is located just 1-1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM. Watch our Facebook page for updates www.facebook.com/WindrushAlpacas.

We have easy access and ample parking to accommodate even large groups!

For more information, call us at 575-683-5177 or visit our website at www.windrushalpacas.com, shop online at http://www.windrushalpacas.net/store/ , or sign up for our newsletter at http://eepurl.com/xhiwn! Learn more about our Adopt-a-Program here http://www.windrushalpacas.com/pages/2087/adopt-a-paca

 

August 6, 2008

Marketing Our Wares

 

Yesterday was spent visiting local stores to try and gauge their interest in carrying some of our products.  Until this spring we had a booth at a store in downtown Clovis, NM that carried all sorts of unique gifts and products.  Sadly for us the owner decided that she needed to do something different in life and closed the store down, taking away our outlet for local product sales.  As the holiday season is rapidly approaching (I know, it’s only August but before we know it the holiday shopping season will be upon us) we want to get our products into the stores to increase people’s awareness of them.

 

In the past we tried running a small store at the farm, but with two of us and close to 60 alpacas at any given time it becomes quite a juggling act.  Retail customers often don’t understand that you are in the middle of chores and not really attired for selling fine alpaca products, after all they don’t encounter that situation in most stores they visit.  So the farm store is now only open during events such as our Open Farm Days.  That works for helping deal with the workflow at home but does not provide our retail customers with easy, convenient access to our products.  Hence our current expedition to find another local store or two where we can place our products in addition to our online store which is still in the works.

 

Funnily enough when we first started to raise alpacas I never envisioned having to deal with retail sales of product.  I knew the alpacas would need tending to, I knew that there would be bookkeeping and other paperwork to do and I knew that there would be a need to do marketing, but the penny didn’t quite drop that I would need to retail our products.

 

Not long after we purchased our first alpacas I started to realize that it would be beneficial to us to be able to sell products made from alpaca fleece.  It’s not an obligatory part of alpaca ownership by any means, but it does bring additional income to the business and tends to be a more steady flow than the sales of the alpacas themselves.

 

Our journey into the world of alpaca end product sales has been an interesting one.  We now have a better understanding of why it takes so long to have product made from our own fleece (an average of seven months turn around time), we have a better understanding of what grades of fleece are best for which products, we have a better understanding of production costs, and we have a better understanding that end product retail sales are a whole business and education in themselves! 

 

At the end of the day we know we don’t want to become a full time retail product operation, our love is managing an alpaca herd and selling alpacas, but the hands on education we have received while learning how to sell alpaca end product has given us a greater understanding of where we need to be headed with our breeding goals and along the way our end product sales (even with our novice understanding of retail) have proved profitable.  Additionally our experience in retailing alpaca product has helped us to understand how important it is that the alpaca industry focus on further development of the fiber side of the business.

 

Personally I feel that the alpaca industry is at an exciting time in it’s development, the market for North American alpaca products is most definitely there, the challenge now is to continue to build interest in North American alpaca products and bring those products to the consumer at price that is acceptable to them while still putting profit into the alpaca breeders business.  With the development of fiber cooperatives and joint end product ventures the ability to meet that challenge is within our grasp.  How exciting to know that the fleece from our herd could one day, in the near future, be in a product in a major department store or in a piece of couture clothing.

 

While marketing our product locally is only a small piece of the puzzle, it is a piece all the same.  The customers who purchase our products often tell their friends and relatives how much they enjoy them, or send our products to friends and relatives as gifts.  Slowly but surely the word spreads and the demand grows.

 

So albeit that at the start of our alpaca business I never envisioned that retail product sales would be something I would be dealing with, here I am today doing just that.  Meeting interesting people, learning from the information they are willing to share with me, and doing my little bit to promote alpacas. 

 

Rosemary

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