Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Maximum Warmth Alpaca Socks - Fishing, Hunting Winter Socks - with Video

Toasty feet for the longest days and coolest temperatures.
Our super thick, super warm socks keep feet cozy and comfortable all day long. These winter socks are designed specifically as boot socks with a little more room, like muck boots, winter boots and work boots. Ideal as fishing socks and hunting socks.
  • Comfort Control: Moisture-wicking for warm, dry feet that stay comfortable all day.
  • Movement Support: Interior cushioning for a soft, padded, even support that moves with you.
  • Warm Wear: Durable and designed to keep feet cozy in winter socks for low temperatures.
  • Hypoallergenic: Specialty yarn blend to keep sensitive skin happy and odor-free.
  • Fabric: 44% Alpaca, 44% Microfiber, 10% Nylon, 2% Lycra
  • Care: Machine Wash Warm - Gentle, Tumble Dry Low
"Got them. Love them. All Fly fisherman should know about these socks."  Jim L. 

Urbanite Alpaca Cozy Socks - with Video

Cozy comfort for the urban adventurer.
Kick back and relax in luxurious softness with our moisture wicking, breathable, alpaca soft socks. Wrap your feet in warm, fuzzy socks and walk on terry cushioning clouds for a comfortable fit all day long. Great lounging, house and office socks.
  • Comfort Control: Medium weight warm socks stay comfortable all day – even in leather shoes!
  • Stays Put: Generous cuff band keeps the sock in place all day long.
  • Easy Wear: Durable and wrinkle-resistant mens and women wool socks – made for busy people on-the-go.
  • Hypoallergenic: Specialty yarn blend to keep sensitive skin happy and odor-free in cozy socks.
  • Fabric: Alpaca 43%, Acrylic 43%, Elastic 14%
  • Care: Machine wash cold, lay flat to dry

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Extra Cushion Alpaca Winter Boot Socks - with Video

The perfect partner in winter boot socks for your hiking boots or work boots, these cushioned mid-calf boot socks promise warmth and comfort during all your outdoor adventures. Make excellent hunting socks and fishing socks. Arch bands keep socks in place.

  • Comfort Control: Thick, warm socks with moisture-wicking comfort keep your feet dry all day.  Mid-calf height, stay in place while hiking (no sliding and bunching on your foot arch). Great women and mens boot socks.
  • Stays Put: Generous cuff band keeps the sock in place all day long. Excellent hunting socks.
  • Less Ouch: Padding clinically shown to reduce blisters, foot pain, pressures and odor.
  • Hypoallergenic: Specialty yarn blend to keep sensitive skin happy and odor-free.
  • Fabric: 46% Alpaca, 34% Acrylic, 15% Spandex, 5% Elastic
  • Care: Machine wash cold, Gentle, Tumble Dry Low or Line Dry 

Warm Arctic Over-the-Calf Alpaca Boot Socks - with Video

Luxurious warmth for cool temperatures.
Our tall cozy Arctic Winter Socks keep feet toasty all day and night. Treat your feet to the sumptuous experience and silky soft touch of alpaca in these women and mens boot socks.
  • Comfort Control: Moisture-wicking for warm, dry feet that stay comfortable in cold temperatures.  Heavy weight alpaca material cushions feet in boot socks to eliminate sweat, rubbing and blisters.
  • Stays Put: Generous cuff band keeps the sock in place all day long.
  • Warm Wear: Over-the-Calf tall socks designed to keep feet cozy in low temperatures.
  • Hypoallergenic: Specialty yarn blend to keep sensitive skin happy and odor-free.
  • Fabric: 60% Baby Alpaca, 40% Acrylic
  • Care: Machine Wash, Tumble Dry Low

Adventure Walking / Hiking Socks - Wicking, Breathing, Comfortable - with Video

Created with the multifaceted life of our modern wearers in mind, this go-anywhere crew sock is designed to get you to the office, couch, pavement or trail. Versatility is its middle name.

  • Comfort Control: Patented yarn construction and mesh instep panels keep your feet fresh, dry and breathing. Extra cushioned bottom with micro mesh vent panels on top of foot.
  • Stays Put: Double ankle compression bands keep the socks from slipping.
  • Versatile Wear: Conveniently soft double terry for the office, your work boots or lounging on the couch.
  • Hypoallergenic: Specialty yarn blend to keep sensitive skin happy and odor-free.
  • Fabric: 80% Alpaca Blend, 18% Nylon, 2% Lycra
  • Care: Machine Wash Cold, Tumble Dry Low

Extreme Warmth Winter Wind Stopper Hat - with Video

Extreme Warmth WindStopper Hat

The warmest hat you will ever wear – guaranteed.  
Whether you’re hitting the trails, the slopes, or the town, our WindStopper Winter Hats are built for keeping you cozy and warm when the temperatures drop. A great hat for men and women, the brimmed winter hat with ear flaps is versatile and comfortable.

Double layered, fully lined construction protects you from the fiercest cold while wicking away moisture and still allowing your skin to breathe. A WindPro Polar Fleece & Alpaca Hat, our Extreme Warmth Alpaca WindStopper Winter Hats are built to last and keep you warm for many years to come.
The hat brim protects your eyes from the sun without interfering with your peripheral vision and the protective neck cape provides the ability to guard the sides of your head, ears and neck from the elements when you need it most. If the weather warms, the brim and earflaps can both be folded up for full ventilation and more comfortable fit.
  • Comfort Control: Moisture-wicking, water-repellent and breathable for a warm, dry head that stays comfortable all day. These are the best women and mens winter hats available.
  • Perfect Fit: Bungee system and convertible visor and earflaps ensure the most custom, versatile fit.
  • Warm Wear: Durable and designed to easily transition from cool to extremely cold weather. An ideal hunter hat and fishing hat.
  • Hypoallergenic: Specialty dye-free, chemical-free alpacayarn to keep sensitive skin happy and odor-free.
  • Quality Guarantee: We guarantee this is the warmest winter hat you will ever own (applicable down to -20F) or your money back!
  • Fabric: 100% Alpaca exterior, PolarTec Wind Stopper 200 interior
  • Care: Hand wash, gentle soap. Lay flat to dry.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Alpacas Of Montana Open House - 5K attendees, 1 new baby and LOTS of snow

Each year we celebrate our alpaca farm by opening the gates to thousands of guests.  A free community event, each year creates new excitement, new events and new friends.  This year was no exception.  Enjoy this 4+ minute video about our particularly brisk weekend in October 2018.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Use alpaca dryer balls as an alternative to dryer sheets - See Video

By Jacob Stewart - College Avenue Magazine

If you find yourself rushing to Target on Sunday morning to grab a 25 count dryer sheet package which will eventually deteriorate your clothes away, there is a better alternative. Alpaca based dryer balls are a reusable, eco-sufficient solution which will save you the bi-monthly cost of dryer sheets.

Dryer sheets are specifically harmful to people with sensitive skin who often need hypoallergenic products. “[Dryer sheets] are often filled with harmful chemicals and perfumes that coat your clothing, eventually ending up on your skin,” 63-year-old alpaca ball designer, Tamara Curtis, said. Dyer balls can also be costly in the long term for a student on a budget.
Dryer balls are beneficial in a plethora of ways. They are known to decrease drying times by helping move clothes in the dryer faster and providing more air circulation, this ultimately saves money on utility bills. Similar to dryer sheets, dryer balls reduce static within clothes while still promoting fluffiness and soften clothing naturally. Dryer balls, typically, are made from local, ethically sourced alpaca which hold no harmful chemicals and hold benefits for those who are hypoallergenic.
“[Dryer balls] are recyclable, sustainable, and economic. One set can last you your entire life if you take care of them,” Colorado State University gap year student, Noah Basurto-Olsen, said.
As a tip, dryer balls can also be paired with 2 drops of your favorite essential oil to give your clothes a fresh, naturally scented boost. As we enter the flu season, 2 drops of the doTerra™ On-Guard oil will help boost your immune system and invigorate your body to fight against illness.
If the reusable and sustainable benefits do not sway you to change, the one-time cost is something to definitely take advantage of.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Mountain "Roughing It" in Crandall Creek Cabin

After a few misread directions, we arrived at Crandall Creek Cabin in the Crazy Mountains of Montana.  24 miles from the nearest small, western town, my sister, her 3 kids and I (and Cali the St. Bernard of course) were ready for some wilderness vacation. Our Spring outings usually involve backpacking into the depths of the forests, jumping across flowing creeks and climbing steep mountains with a twinge of regret. 
Carrying all the essentials

This time, we drove up to our sweet little forest service cabin with a suburban and 2 horse trailer containing all the essentials we could not live without for four days – bicycles, motor bikes, chairs, games and floating tubes. 

Happy Campers
We arrived in the early afternoon and just after unpacking our vehicle, the rains set in.  The weather altered into hail occasionally, but wet skies either way kept us inside for the evening.  This was a perfect excuse to begin our marathon of board and card games, learning new ones and slightly altering a few old time favorites.

The next morning was beautiful and we headed out on a trail for a few hours before wandering down to nearby Crandall Creek for fishing, floating and dosing.  The squeaky door was about as ambitious of a task as I was willing to take on and a few squirts of Pam cooking spray and I had my one and only accomplishment of the day.

The next day we found another trail and headed up an old logging road towards Target Rock.  I have never had a knack for flowers’ names and apparently that was the day everything was to change.
We identified 30 different mountain flowers and again, I felt like I had nothing more I wanted to do or offer myself once we got back to the cabin except S'mores, games of Sorry and cribbage.  

An occasional bike ride or walk down to the creek for more water were all the breaks I needed between the kids’ laughter, the mountain’s silence and songs in my head.

Such a beautiful, quiet, amazing place.  We’ll be back to explore more next year.  

Breakfast of champions!

Headed to the creek to keep the cooler in the cold mountain water

The girls doing a happy dance as they explore the cabin

Just a little fishing

All three headed down to the creek with the floating raft for shade

Our campfire ring looking North to Target Rock

Serious cribbage games first thing in the morning

Sunrise on the last morning

Heading Home.  Cali is wiped out...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Swift Wicking Alpaca Walking & Running Socks - with Video

We now offer our Swift Wicking Alpaca Walking & Running Socks in XL size, which means we are able to give thousands of more movement enthusiasts a great walk, workout or day at the office.  While my legs have not run since the last day of high school gym class, these are a favorite when I hike, camp and go shopping downtown.  We guarantee they will be your favorite active socks.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Premature alpaca cria - get ready to be creative and act fast

Premature alpaca cria
By Linda Blake, Southern Alpacas Stud

Alpaca babies are lovely fluffy creatures, usually full of life and activity from birth. Occasionally one will be frail and flat - maybe because they are very small, or because they were premature, born before their due date, or dysmature, which is born on time but not yet ready for this world. These fragile cria need intensive care, to monitor their temperature and assist them feeding, if they are to survive.

Temperature regulation is essential.

Recently an early morning birther dropped her cria, five weeks early, and it did not move. It was only 10.5 lbs, which is regarded as below minimum survivable weight. It was so cold, that even after rubbing it dry in a heated barn; its rectal temperature did not register on the thermometer. Thermometers start at 89.6 degrees, so this cria was hypothermic, with his essential internal organs closing down.

Quick and decisive action was called for. We had just installed a spa pool, so I got into my bogs, put the cria into a large plastic bag to keep it dry, and together we had a warm spa! A helper held the top of the bag and kept the cria's head out of the water. The spa was at 96.8 degrees, and we had to get the cria to at least that temperature to fight the battle of survival.
Thirty minutes later and my deathly-still bundle of fluff began to move in my arms. He was christened "Maax", after the spa manufacturer, who later told us that it is recommended that pregnant women and children do not spent more than half an hour in a spa for precisely this reason, the rising of internal temperatures.

Frail, dysmature and premature cria cannot regulate their own temperature. Premature human babies are the same, and they have incubators to maintain a steady temperature. We have cria coats which we put on young cria when it is raining or cold. We also have a cria care area inside our barn, just big enough for a dam and her cria, and a human if necessary. Here we can keep them warm at night, dry during rain, and close for bonding together.
As well as keeping preemies warm, it is also important that they do not get too hot. A few days after his spa, Maax was lying stretched out in the hot summer sun, again very still. A check of the thermometer showed he was over 102.2 degrees, and the temperature was climbing into the fatal forties. We brought him inside to the air-conditioned office, where we could set the temperature lower for him. And it worked.

Assisting feeding
Fragile cria are often too weak and small to stand to feed from mom. Initially I give warm glucose water - two teaspoons of glucose dissolved in 60 mls of warm water. Glucose is absorbed as energy directly into the bloodstream, even if the gut is too tender to accept food. Glucose is the essential food for the brain to function effectively, to monitor and regulate all the processes in the body.
Cria also need colostrum to obtain the antibodies that will fight infection. The cria's stomach can only absorb this in the first 12-24 hours of life. It is in mum's first milk, and there are also artificial colostrum substitutes available.
Premature cria need feeding little and often - and for cria this means every two hours for the first day and night. After the first couple of days, if temperature is normal, and weight is being maintained, frail cria can be fed three-hourly for the next three days.

Bonding with mom
Usually we keep a mom and her cria together, as bonding between mom and cria is so important. For fragile cria, the interventions to regulate their temperature may mean taking a cria from its mom for a few hours.

The cria may then smell of humans. Avoid rubbing the cria's head or rump, near the tail, as the dam smells these areas to check that the cria is her own. Alpaca dams usually accept their babies back, unlike sheep, even after it has been handled by humans.

Watch warily
If you have a fragile cria, monitor it closely. Record all the interventions that you do, including how much it drinks. Note down what comes out the other end as well, as cria guts are the last organ to form, and may be tender or incomplete. Take its temperature regularly, remain vigilant, and take quick action.

The first week is the crucial time. If you can get a fragile cria to a week old, your chances improve that it will survive. Seeing the once fragile cria living out in the paddock, is ample reward for the all-consuming challenge of getting it up and going.