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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Our 14th Anniversary as Alpacas from MaRS!

Heras and Marvin

Heras and Marvin

We're celebrating our 14th anniversary as Alpacas from MaRS! Our first alpacas arrived at the farm in the fall of 1999, but we quickly decided we loved these enchanting creatures and we purchased our first bred female in February of 2000.

From day one our goal has always been to produce the finest, most consistent fleeces that we can. Our breeding program has been focused on heathly alpacas with fine fleece that keeps it's fineness as the alpaca ages. We took our time growing our herd, our first year we purchased a bred female, Heras, that produced a beautiful fawn female, Cassini. We purchased one additional weanling female, La Primavera, and a young male, David Shines, in our first year. Heras was bred to Silas of Bolivia shortly after Cassini's birth, that breeding would result in our only cria born in 2001, Phobos. The foundation of our herd was set.

In 2003 we decided it was time to expand our herd and we went about researching and purchasing additional breeding stock. We added brown, black, and gray to the mix, giving us a a fine fleeced herd in a full spectrum of alpaca colors, purchasing from some of the best breeders in the area. Did you know there are 22 natural shades of alpaca?

We were involved in the local alpaca affiliates. Rebecca was superintendent for Alpacapalooza for two years in a row, and Mark was the halter show super for the following year. We have enjoyed showing our alpacas and we've even won our share of ribbons too :) We were also founding sponsors for Fiber Fusion NW, a fiber show that brings together all kinds of wonderful fiber!

You can find Alpacas from MaRS alpacas in several US states! We have continued our focus on fine fleece and support a couple of the US run fiber cooperatives. We've been members of AFCNA, the Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America, not quite from the beginning, but close! We are also members of the Alpaca Blanket Project and we are an active collection site. It's so exciting to be a part of the commercial market for alpaca fleece!

Rebecca creates one of a kind pieces using the alpaca fleece from our own herd. You can check out those items in our online store.

Farm visits are still one of our favorite things about alpaca ownership, we love to share our passion! We were very lucky to have wonderful mentors over the years and we will always our clients with the same.

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Cassini and Hilo

Cassini and Hilo

Isara: La Primavera x David Shines

Isara: La Primavera x David Shines

David Shines Offspring

David Shines Offspring

Phobos

Phobos