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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Ag Mag

We plan to self-publish an "ag mag" beginning this spring, and we invite you to contribute! We are looking for the following types of media in any field pertaining to agriculture. This means you can write about crops, livestock, bees, weather, equipment, anything. We ask your written permission to use your work in exchange for credit (and potentially contact information/website, if you have agriculture-related things for sale).

Feel free to submit --

- Articles: How to deliver a stuck foal, why sheep need minerals, etc.
- Photography: Especially your animals and ranch!
- Your own art
- Your ranch's history: Has your family been ranching since the 1800s? Tell us about it!
- Poetry: Write about living in the country, etc.
- Recipes: Got a traditional country meal? Share it! Please include photos.
- Short stories: Again, agriculture-related.
- Have another submission idea? Try it!

Submission does NOT guarantee we will use it. Depends on how many submissions, quality, etc.
Your submission may be edited for grammar and punctuation. I'm a stickler.
You will not be paid, but you will get business exposure.
Photos with any of these are welcome

Please submit your work with written permission for us to use it to:
SummerHillFarmCA@aol.com.

Thanks!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sheep to Alpacas

Dory

Dory

We at Summer Hill Farm have raised Jacob sheep for fifteen years. We came from the city of Modesto and got into rural farm life after loads of research and two sheep who came with the house.
Our family members own The Farm at Rainbow's End in New Jersey, but we have never been out there to see their alpacas. Instead, we came to own alpacas in February 2018 another way -- by also working on an alpaca ranch called Heart & Soul.
We adore sheep. They're beautiful, sweet creatures. But working with and owning alpacas has also been a breath of fresh air after all these years. They are so different from sheep that it was like starting all over in learning, like when we moved to Penn Valley from Modesto.
We also expanded this year with other sheep breeds: Icelandic, Romney, and Navajo-Churro. We hope to provide fiber to people with all tastes and preferences.
We are also breeding our girls and hope to grow in the alpaca industry. Just one thing: it's hard enough to wait five months for lambs to be born. How in the world do we wait a year for cria?!
Malibu

Malibu

Winnetou

Winnetou

Ariel

Ariel


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Our First Summer Hill Cria

4-Sight's Finding Dory

4-Sight's Finding Dory

We raised Jacob sheep for almost fifteen years before purchasing our first pair of alpacas earlier this year. Dory and Malibu have been such amazing blessings, and we are so excited to see where they take us!
That being said, we have bred Dory to Krypton. I have been ready to explode with excitement for two weeks. How do you wait an entire year for such an amazing little creature? Five months is a long enough wait with sheep, and we rarely have only one pregnant at a time. And many of them have twins! But to wait a whole year for one little creature... this little one will have a lot of press coverage when he or she is born!
I already catch myself doing what I do when we breed sheep: I imagine what gender the baby will be. I imagine the different color possibilities (which are much more extensive with alpacas than with the Jacob sheep) and wonder what little personality is percolating in there.
Will it be a male? Female? Outgoing? Shy? True Black? Dark Brown? Something else entirely?
Will he or she create more alpacas in his or her lifetime, stamping our farm name on registration papers for generations to come? Will he or she be presented with a ribbon in the ring? Sure hope he or she will enjoy hugs and kisses, because they're coming!
How does an alpaca rancher wait a whole year? I guess I'll be finding out! I'll post about the journey as it goes. So far, Dory has passed two spit tests (without spitting, because she's way to nice. Hope she passes that personality along).
Both parents are so gorgeous, we can't go wrong. And this little cria is already so loved.
Can't wait to meet you, little one!

-- Lindsay
Crescent Moon's Krypton

Crescent Moon's Krypton