Alpaca Open Farm Day Sept. 24, 2016 10 am – 4 pm

On September 24 2016, alpaca owners from across the United States and Canada will invite the public to come to their farm or ranch to meet their alpacas and learn more about these inquisitive, unique animals, the luxury fiber they produce, and why raising alpacas and alpaca fiber products are perfect for environmentally conscious individuals!  On September 24th, from 10 am to 4 pm, 2 Point Farm will welcome guests to meet their herd of Suri Alpacas, learn about their care and the many uses for their amazing fiber.

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2 Point Farm sits on 118 acres of farmland in Dry Ridge, KY in Grant County and is named for the two ridges that frame the property and for our first farm purchase, a “2 point plow”.  In 2013, alpacas were the livestock of choice based on their earth friendly qualities and peaceful nature.  The herd was started with a focus on the distinguished and rare Suri alpaca known for its silky and lustrous fleece.  Today, the herd numbers 21, including 3 crias (babies) born in September.   The farm focuses on using alpaca fleece in a variety of products including socks, gloves, scarves, hats, rugs and yarn, which are available for sale.  The farm also offers alpaca sales and stud services.

alpaca baby

Alpacas are members of the camelid family.  They are cousins to the llama.  They are graceful, intelligent animals native to the Andean Mountain range of South America, particularly Peru, Bolivia, and Chile.   There are two types of alpacas in the USA. They are almost physically identical, and are distinguished by their fiber. The Huacaya (wa-Ki’-ah) is the more common of the two and has a fluffy, extremely fine coat. The Suri (SUR-ee) is more rare and has fiber that is silky and resembles pencil-locks.

Visit the farm on Sept. 24th and learn more about these peaceful creatures and the many environmentally friendly qualities of the alpaca!

We are located at 6330 Warsaw Rd, Dry Ridge, KY 41035.    The gravel drive is between a cemetery and a small white church.  Watch the mailbox addresses since GPS may not accurately pinpoint our address.  See you soon!

 

Camelidynamics Clinic in Kentucky, November 19-21, 2016

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Tell all your friends and head to the Camelidynamics clinic hosted by 2 Point Farm and the Kentucky Alpaca Association.  There’s no substitute for seeing Marty Bennett in action!  Click here for more information about the event, special discounts and to sign up.

Marty has traveled over a million miles around the world teaching her brand of animal understanding.  At this clinic you will learn:

  • What CAMELIDynamics is and how it can help you.
  • The science of behavior and how it affects everything you do with your animals.
  • The basics of balance and physics of animal handling.
  • TTouch for communication and relaxation.
  • How to set up your farm for success with toenail trimming, injections and lead training.
  • Leading with refinement and fitness! AND lots MORE!

Don’t miss this event and the chance to learn from the one and only Marty Bennett!  Kentucky Alpaca Association members receive a rebate on 2017 dues renewal!

Alpaca Training

Alpaca training opportunities are often created by youthful curiosity.  I love it!  Whenever possible, I try to take advantage of the animal’s natural tendencies and interests when training.  Just like people, if we are interested and want to explore something new, we are more receptive to learning.  This applies to alpaca training too.  None of us like having training pushed on us, as I recall fondly from my past corporate life.  For the alpacas, it doesn’t matter if the behavior is not exactly what I’m looking for at the beginning.  I will shape the behavior in small steps using positive reinforcement and lots of patience.  I learned how to clicker train dogs years ago and I find it can also be used to train alpaca with some modification.

Here is my little Suri alpaca boy Shane who learning to wear a halter and exploring the alpaca chute (right).  Alpacas are naturally curious creatures, but right now he is more curious than the others.  He will often follow me around and explore different areas of the barn.   I will stop doing my chores to take advantage of his interest in being around me or as it turned out today, exploring the chute.  I offer him yummy pellet treats which he loves.  The treats keep his interest and reward him for trying new things.  Alpaca training sessions are very short and I always try to end on a positive note.

image showing suri alpaca in training

Each of my young alpacas have different personalities, so each alpaca training plan will be a customized training approach.  That said, they will all need to learn the basics.   I want them to learn that respectful handling is part of daily life.   Each one should learn to wear a halter and walk on lead. Each one should be conditioned to be comfortable in the chute for safe handling in case there is a medical procedure or emergency treatment.   A happy chute experience also a major enabler for one person handling.  The key will be making these activities part of everyday life.  I’m quite sure I will learn a lot in the process, so stay tuned!

Find last minute Alpaca Gifts and Accessories for under $50!!

2 Point Farm sells the socks that are favorite item #2 on “The View” and contributes fiber to the socks and many other items from the New England Alpaca Fiber Pool which are sourced and made in the USA!  Find alpaca socks and other alpaca accessories in our online shop.

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Meet Our New Alpacas!

So many changes this year!  I’ll start by introducing one of our new additions to the farm.

Eldora’s Accoyo Talent by Rockstar joined us all the way from Oregon this year.  He comes with an impressive pedigree, show awards and has a dense, lustrous and curly fleece that has achieved perfect scores for shear weight in several shows.  His 2015 fleece also won the Judge’s Choice award in the largest all Suri fleece show in the country this year!  Besides all of his “talents” he has a wonderful gentle and inquisitive personality and is an excellent apple eater!  Check out this video to see just how much he loves apples!   Talent began his herdsire career this fall and I can’t wait to see his offspring next year!

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The Year in Review 2014

2014 was quite a year!   It seems we “sprouted” in many different directions.  We grew from 2 to 10 Suri Alpacas, built a barn, new pastures, added livestock guardian dogs for the herd, a new website, new products to sell and even new bee hives.  We gained lots of new experience from managing our growing herd through all four seasons and learned even more by attending some excellent clinics and seminars on topics like neonatal care and the fiber business.

  • 2 Point Farm Alpacas sprouting from the hay and Zeke's first selfie!

Looking forward in 2015, we expect several of our girls will give birth this spring and summer and we will continue to grow the fiber portion of the business, adding hand spun and milled alpaca yarn and other new products made from this soft and luxurious fiber.  Thanks to everyone who has encouraged, helped and supported us throughout the year!

2 Point Farm, LLC

Welcome to 2 Point Farm, LLC.  We operate a small family farm in Northern Kentucky.  We raise Suri Alpacas and sell made in the U.S.A. Alpaca products.  Please visit our online shop for unique and affordable gifts and accessories and browse our pages to learn about our herd of “distinguished” Suri Alpacas.

We continue to add new and different Alpaca products every year, so check the store and our Facebook page for updates.  We also offer Alpaca Sales and Stud Services.  The farm is open by appointment only, but the online store is always open!