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Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Outstanding Dreams Go With The Flo

We are pleased to introduce the newest member of our herd, Outstanding Dreams Go With The Flo!
Named after Hurricane Florence, Flo was born early Thursday morning just as the storm was preparing to make landfall.

Flo is the kind of cria we all hope for as she was already up walking around and trying to nurse when I came out to the barn. Big, strong, healthy, and stunning she's sure to take the world by storm! She is the second of our McCoy's crias to be born, and the sixth of his offspring to hit the ground. We're ecstatic with what he's producing so far as his first six offspring have all been female, and quite nice ones at that! We're especially pleased that he's throwing dark colored offspring as this is the mainstay of our breeding program.

Cria season is in full swing here with three on the ground and four more expected. Be sure to keep an eye out for our next birth announcement!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Announcement regarding our Rescheduled Fall Alpaca Festival

As you all know, we have been looking forward to celebrating our Fall Festival with you this month. Due to the potential for poor weather across the Delmarva Peninsula which was predicted earlier this week, we felt it was best to reschedule our event. Please, come and join us as we celebrate ten years of hosting this free, family-friendly event in Caroline County, Maryland during the last weekend of September!

Saturday, September 29th: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, September 30th: Noon - 4:00 PM

Guests can enjoy activities such as:

• Fiber & Spinning demonstrations
• Arts and Craft Vendors
• Live Music
• Locally-made Ice Cream
• Pony Rides
• Alpaca fiber products
• Moon Bounce
• Meet our Alpacas
• Children's Activities



We look forward to seeing you here at the farm!

Sincerely, Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm
24480 Pinetown Road
Preston, MD 21655
Email: pvliske@OutstandingDreamsFarm.com
Phone: 410-673-2002

Friday, September 7, 2018

The Comeback Kid

With mom, Adel

With mom, Adel

As I came out to the barn early on Tuesday morning, I spotted something small laying on the ground just outside the barn door. We had a cria born the previous morning and at first glance I thought this was her. As my eyes focused, I saw the other cria walking around the pasture. It then dawned on me that we had a new arrival!

I quickly went over to check out the new cria and while it was small, everything looked okay. We had a nice little brown boy. I went to the house to get the cria bag, came back out, toweled him off and dipped the navel. After having had many cria born here, I felt this one was cause for concern as he wasn't very active and while it was a very warm morning, the cria was shivering. My wife, Vickie had come out by then and we checked his temperature , it was only 95.6 degrees. (normal is around 100)
We got the hairdryer out trying to warm him, covered with towels and continued trying to stimulate him. Luckily our vet was already scheduled to come out that morning to check on the cria born the previous day. I sent her a text letting her know that we had a problem and she recommended that we prepare plasma so that she could give a transfusion as soon as she arrived. She also suggested giving him a little colostrum and some Karo syrup while we awaited her arrival.

A couple of hours passed before she arrived and he was going downhill. He was basically a wet noodle. The plasma was administered and still he did not respond. We all knew his chances were not good, but we didn't give up and neither did he. I kept going out and giving him colostrum and Karo syrup a little at a time and very gradually he gained strength. Late in the afternoon, he was finally strong enough to take a few ounces of colostrum by bottle and actually stood up and walked a little on his own. A couple hours later, he walked around the pasture a little further. I went out to the barn early the next morning and the little guy got up walked over to Mom and started nursing! Unbelievable!

He has continued getting stronger and on day two is actually up and running with the other cria! I strongly believe in the power of prayer....plasma....and preparedness - and never giving up as long as there is a glimmer of hope! We've decided to name this boy "Outstanding Dreams Comeback Kid" - he's little, but mighty!




Thanks for following our blog!

Sincerely,
Phil Liske
Outstanding Dreams Comeback Kid

Outstanding Dreams Comeback Kid

I can run!

I can run!


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Outstanding Dreams XXXtreme's Eternal Grace

Labor Day arrival!

On Monday, September 3rd, our girl Mercy finally had her cria. All is well with our new big, strong and healthy female. Her father was Snowmass XXXtreme, one of the most well known herdsires in the country. He passed away at the age of seventeen shortly after this breeding and this will be the last of his cria.

Here are some photos of her first day here on the farm!

Friday, August 24, 2018

"From Alpacas to Apparel"

Alpaca fiber yarn, hats and scarves

Alpaca fiber yarn, hats and scarves

We have some amazing new merchandise in our retail shop that just arrived this week and we are so excited to tell you about it. Partnering recently with a manufacturer who has the ability to create beautiful fiber items from the fleece of our own animals is opening up new possibilities for "products from Preston"! We are so pleased to now offer scarves, hats and premium yarns created from the luxurious coats of the alpacas and provide a truly special connection to our farm.

Shown here is a variety of items from "Tiger Lily". We can't wait for our customers to come in and enjoy purchasing and wearing these distinctive accessories. Plan a visit to our farm to see for yourself what happens when the beauty of alpacas meets quality fashion!



Sincerely,
Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm

Monday, August 20, 2018

Fall Seminar: "Alpacas as a Business"

Fall Alpaca Business seminar takes place Saturday, October 6th at Outstanding Dreams Farm.

Fall Alpaca Business seminar takes place Saturday, October 6th at Outstanding Dreams Farm.

We are excited to be offering another seminar here at Outstanding Dreams Farm. Various aspects of starting your own herd, care and raising alpacas, and breeding and showing considerations will be discussed. We will have a meet and greet with our own animals so that you can ask any questions you may have, along with providing a wealth of informational material.


Since 2008, Phil and Vickie Liske have enjoyed running their own farm as well as guiding new clients and mentoring those who have become owners of these beautiful animals. This event is highly recommended for anyone who wishes to establish a farm, is curious about the business of the alpaca lifestyle or who is considering a new investment. Some of the topics we will be covering include:


• Alpaca care & husbandry
• Setting up your own farm
• Breeding considerations
• Retail store overview
• Fiber and it's many uses
• Business planning
• Alpaca Shows


Pre-registration is required and the seminar runs from 9:00AM until 2:00PM. Reservations for Saturday, October 6th may be made by calling (410)673-2002 or emailing us at pvliske@outstandingdreamsfarm.com. Cost is $35 per person or $50 per couple which includes lunch. We look forward to seeing you here!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Our 10th Annual Fall Festival is September 29th & 30th

Due to Hurricane Florence, we have rescheduled this event to Saturday 9/29 and Sunday 9/30

Due to Hurricane Florence, we have rescheduled this event to Saturday 9/29 and Sunday 9/30

Join us to celebrate the 10th Annual Fall Festival here in Preston, Maryland. Visitors and local residents are invited to come out to enjoy our farm on the beautiful eastern shore of Maryland, enjoy shopping and entertainment, and meet our alpacas and learn more about them. ** Due to Hurricane Florence, we have rescheduled this event to Saturday 9/29 and Sunday 9/30 **

Saturday, September 29th: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, September 30th: Noon - 4:00 PM

Guests can look forward to activities such as:


• Fiber & Spinning demonstrations
• Arts and Craft Vendors
• Live Music
• Locally-made Ice Cream
• Pony Rides
• Alpaca fiber products
• Moon Bounce
• Meet our Alpacas
• Children's Activities
• And more!


Sincerely, Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm
24480 Pinetown Road
Preston, MD 21655



Monday, August 6, 2018

Farm set up visit

Today was a rewarding and exciting day as I was asked to visit a new client's farm and advise on pasture and barn set up for their new herd of alpacas. I've done this often and find it to be one of the most rewarding aspects of the business! To be a part of the new breeder's planning and especially to share in their excitement is an incredibly wonderful experience for me and I consider it an honor to first, be selected as the alpaca breeder that they chose to purchase from, and secondly, to be asked for my advice on setting up their farm.

Thank you and congratulations to Scott and Bonnie Bieber of New Groove Alpacas in Middletown, Delaware on their purchase of four of our females! We know they are in good hands and we look forward to working with you as you enter your alpaca venture.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Go West, young man!

Okay, Maybe Magic is not a young man, but he is going West!
We are excited to announce that AW Magic will be heading to his new home at Wild Hair Alpacas in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There, he can continue his breeding career with a herd of unrelated females.
Magic joined our herd in 2012 and has been a cornerstone of our breeding program. He has given us and our clients many award winning offspring, being a consistent producer of dark, show quality crias.
He's also been a pleasure to have here on our farm , being a real gentleman and passing along his calm disposition to his offspring.
We will miss him dearly and parting with him is a difficult decision. However, he is related to many of our females and it is time to put him in a position where he continue passing on his outstanding genetics at another farm.

Monday, July 9, 2018

"Perseverance's Prize"

We were very pleased to receive the results of our entry in the AOA National Fleece Show!

Outstanding Dreams Perseverance placed second in his class next to the male that went on to win the overall Gray Male Champion. Pretty impressive, considering this is Nationals which is the top Fleece show in the country drawing entries from far and wide. In his first showing, Perseverance placed 1st at the MAPACA Small Breeders Show in Halter Class as a Juvie.

Percy is just 20 months old and we're hoping he'll be ready to start breeding this fall. If you are ready to reserve a breeding to this handsome boy we will be offering them for a limited time at the introductory price $500.00. Contact us to arrange a date and also view Percy's information on Open Herd at https://www.openherd.com/alpacas-for-sale/119702/outstanding-dreams-perseverance.



Sincerely,
Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm
Located on the eastern shore of Maryland in Caroline County