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Words of Wisdom

Interesting and/or Meaningful Quotatons - keep checking back!

Often collected and sometimes remembered, these quotations are some that we consider significant, historical, interesting, or important. We will add to the list as we find more!

I find the great in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it,-but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Autocrat of the Breakfast-T... read full article

How to Build a Hay Feeder at Home!

(see article here or go to it on Scribd by the link)

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[as sent to me by Self Sufficient Farming and Living Yahoo blog group, once I joined)

1. Choose something you love to do. It's hard work under the best of circumstances. If you are doing it just for the money, it's unlikely the energy, creativity, and satisfaction necessary for success will be present.

2. Create a high quality product. Quality is the single most important element that will differentiate your product from mass produced alternatives. More and more consumers want fresher, better tasting, healthier products than those available ... read full article

Links to Some EPD articles!

-- Autumn Sun Alpacas does not endorse or represent any third parties, nor verifies or bears responsibility for the accuracy of the articles' information.

Here are some sites you may want to peruse about EPD information:

a) ARI's daughter site, Alpaca Academy, has posted info at

b) Northwest Alpacas library gives an overview at

c) Alpacaficionado has a longer article by Northwest Alpacas at
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Managing Breeds for a Secure Future: Strategies for Breeders and Breed Associations

Link to article online.

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Inbreeding and Broodstock Management

Link to article online.

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(Autumn Sun Alpacas) Absolutely, the Answer is Yes!

An Alpaca Farmer's Introspection...
(expanded from our Autumn Sun Alpacas OpenHerd Blog Posting on 2/19/11)

I find myself thinking occasionally thinking would I do this over again, and the answer is yes. With the current economy leading to critical financial introspection, our industry is often questioned. Not unusually, I am asked "what's the reason to raise alpacas?" It's not any get rich quick scheme, if anything it is a lot of work to raise alpacas. Don't get me wrong, I do believe that they are an relatively 'easy to care for' livestock. But, they are still livestock to be born, raised, shown... read full article