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Roger & Jessie Keymel, Owners4836 Walworth-Ontario Road, Walworth, NY 14568
Our Stoney Elm Alpaca farm is in Western Wayne County, 15 miles from Lake Ontario. A Typical Shearing Day, See the Pictures Here!
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|Stoney Elm Alpacas Farm Information Our Stoney Elm Alpacas farm is in Western Wayne County, 15 miles from Lake Ontario. Residing in a pleasant area of the State that has many orchards and small farms, our alpaca farm was the first in the area and has generated a lot of interest. It is not unusual to have people with Children and Grandchildren stop and visit and ask questions about our animals. The alpacas on Stoney Elm have adapted well to Western NY weather. They will sit in front of a fan on hot summer days and often sleep outdoors on the coldest days of the winter. The fiber on their coats measures up to five inches in the winter months; they are sheared in May and are happy to get rid of their winter coats. The sheared fiber is cleaned and sent to small mill in the Finger Lakes area to be made into yarn. Most of our fiber is made into 3 ply yarn, in its natural color; it is a dream to work with. Jessie is an avid knitter and you might just catch Roger making scarves and hats on one of his hand crafted looms! The yarn and products made from it are available at Stoney Elm as are some items from Peru and the New England Fiber Mill. 2006 was an exciting year with the birth of a cria from the first female born on our farm. Being inexperienced we started with 2 older (7 year olds) experienced mothers, a good choice for us, they proved to be good mothers and have to date given us healthy crias with good conformation and fiber. Our goal is to continue to improve the herd by breeding to proven males, the fiber in this first year's crias (3 females) confirmed that we are moving in the right direction. 2009 brought three new crias to our family including a beautiful rose gray and a camel colored. We are retired from the normal 9 to 5 jobs, and are enjoying all aspects of Alpaca farming. We built our own shelters, grow our own hay, do all the shearing, and care for the animals ourselves. Helping and sharing information with other alpaca farmers, new and established, has been a most enjoyable aspect to this business. Roger's father and grandfather farmed the land that is now our farm, so managing a herd comes quite naturally to him, and it works well with the Christmas tree farm we established in 1975. All our alpacas get individual attention and they are all halter trained. Ask us for a recommendation on a good pair for your start-up farm. We will point you to a good pair that are easy to handle and very good mothers.|
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