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Outstanding Dreams Farm: A Maryland Alpaca Farm

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A New Home for our Boys

We were very excited to deliver four of our boys to their new home on Sunday. The excitement of the new owners was contagious as they welcomed the new family members!

It is always a joy to help fulfill the dreams of our clients, and to be part of their introduction into the wonderful world of alpacas. Knowing these boys are going to such a nice, loving home makes parting with them easier although of course, we will still miss them. However, with each goodbye, there is also a new chapter as we form friendships with a new family and move forward together.


Sincerely,
Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Getting Started in Raising Alpacas

Rebeliion 2017

Rebeliion 2017

Over the last ten years it has been our pleasure to help many new people get started in raising alpacas.This truly is a rewarding experience for us as we share in the excitement of people as they are first introduced to alpacas and as they learn all about raising and caring for them. Our satisfaction continues as we see our clients experience grow through the years as we continue to mentor them. We pride ourselves on always being available to answer questions and help whenever needed.

We offer a wide variety of alpacas from top notch show stock to fiber animals and strive to match our alpacas to the customers goals. We are there to help through every step in the process of starting your own farm from pasture and barn set up, selecting appropriate alpacas,learning to care for your alpacas, and locating service providers such as veterinarians and shearers. Interested in starting your own alpaca farm? Please feel free to contact us to schedule a private tour and we'll be happy to discuss your options!


"Let us fulfill Your Outstanding Dreams"
Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm
McCoy

McCoy

Heading to their new home

Heading to their new home

Another satisfied customer

Another satisfied customer

Cria Races!

Cria Races!


Sunday, November 5, 2017

A new chapter for Minnie Me & Lily

Proud new owners!

Proud new owners!

In my previous story I wrote of the difficulty in letting go of some of our alpacas and seeing them leave our farm. I have to admit I was feeling a little emotional at the time and while the story may have sounded a little downhearted, this not a sad time, but a new phase. When we raise wonderful, healthy animals to grow up and then move on to new homes where they are loved and valued, well, that is our goal and one we strive to do in the best manner possible!

The rewarding side of selling our alpacas is when you arrive with them at their new home and the new owners and their family are eagerly greeting you as you pull into their driveway. That excitement is truly contagious and we then come to realize that we are actually helping to fulfill someone's dreams of setting out into the world of alpacas. This feeling of accomplishment and joy is so rewarding, and it does certainly buffer any sense of loss we feel from parting with an alpaca.

Over the last ten years, we have helped many new people get started in the alpaca farming business, and Vickie and I are excited to forge new friendships that will last a lifetime. In addition, we feel that we have helped to strengthen the alpaca industry by broadening the base of ownership as well as introducing new people and ideas. We strive to continue our legacy of excellent alpacas and premiere customer service into the future as our farm business continues to grow.

Are you interested in starting your own farm? Contact us and we will be happy to schedule a private tour of our farm and answer your questions.

"Let us fulfill Your Outstanding Dreams!"


Sincerely,
Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm

Saturday, November 4, 2017

New Beginnings: "Lily and Minnie Me"

Minnie Me

Minnie Me

I'm experiencing mixed emotions as I prepare to deliver two of our favorite girls to their new home today. I'm often asked how we are able to let go of our animals, and what the process feels like. Honestly, it hurts. We love our alpacas and letting go of them is difficult. We care deeply about the homes they will be going to, and we interview prospective buyers to ensure they understand how to care for the alpacas and the responsibility they are taking on. We stay in touch with the new owners after the sale, remain available to answer questions and teach the basics of routine health care. For us, the sale is just the beginning of our relationship with our clients.

The upside of selling however, is that we are sharing the joy of alpaca farming with others. It is very rewarding to see their excitement as we come up the driveway with someone's very first alpacas! Oftentimes the entire family is there to greet the new arrivals, and we cannot help but share in their excitement and enjoy being a part of this experience. Vickie and I certainly remember how excited we were when our first alpacas arrived, and we love the opportunity to provide that now with our customers and delight in their "new beginnings" too.

For us, it is a privilege to be the farm which people choose to purchase from. It is also a responsibility, and one which we take seriously, as we are committed not only to our clients but also to the alpacas we have raised. Both of our girls will be missed, but at the same time we are celebrating the start of a new relationship and we look forward to sharing the love of alpacas with new friends. Happy Trails!

Lily

Lily


Monday, October 30, 2017

Looking Forward

Farm Tours

Farm Tours

As we wrap up the celebration of our 10 Year Anniversary at Outstanding Dreams Farm, we feel what is most important is to be looking forward and planning for the future. Vickie and I are excited for the many things which lie ahead!

We are eagerly anticipating this year's crop of crias, including those produced by our newest herdsire, Blueridge Peruvian McCoy. Along with McCoy's contribution to our breeding program, we are also expecting crias produced from some other top performing males, including Jetson's Sir William, Snowmass XXtreme, A Paca Fun's Super Sonic, and A Paca Fun's Ridiculous. There are some shows we will be attending as well.

One of the best parts of our farm is hosting visitors and tour groups from all walks of life and many places. Our location is an easy drive from the major city areas of Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, and an afternoon or day trip is a pleasant journey to visit us here in Preston, Maryland. From bus tours to travel organizations, automobile and motorcycle groups, we enjoy sharing our friendly animals with guests and introducing them to the world of alpacas. Our gift shop continues to grow and add new products to provide customers with a unique shopping experience, including alpaca yarn made from our own animals. Give us a call to plan your visit to our little slice of heaven in Caroline County at 410-673-2002.


Sincerely,
Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm


Farm Store

Farm Store

Blueridge Peruvian McCoy

Blueridge Peruvian McCoy

Farm Festival

Farm Festival

Looking Forward

Looking Forward


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Alpaca Barn Construction 2014

Alpaca barn 2014

Alpaca barn 2014

Another milestone here at Outstanding Dreams Farm was the construction of our alpaca barn in 2014.
This had been a dream of ours from the beginning and we were finally able to build our barn in September of 2014.

What a big improvement this was over our scattering of run in sheds! While the run ins were functional, walking between all the various buildings in all sorts of weather was quite a chore. We hired a local contractor and were amazed to see how quickly worked progressed. We went from an empty field to a finished barn in under two weeks!

We love our new barn and enjoy spending time with our alpacas in there. This has made chores much easier and provides our alpacas with a safe secure shelter through anything Mother Nature dishes out.


Sincerely,
Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm
Supervisor Vickie

Supervisor Vickie

Pre construction

Pre construction

Construction

Construction


Monday, October 23, 2017

Crown's Jewel at Nationals 2014

Nationals 2014

Nationals 2014

One of the highlights of our memories from the last ten years was having our alpaca, Crown's Jewel win at Nationals in 2014. We had never attended Nationals before as for the most part, it was held many hours away, however that year they were being held in nearby Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Count us in!

We felt it was important to only bring our very best to this show as you really are competing against the best alpacas in the country here. Having said that, we only brought one entry, Crown's Jewel. My heart was in my throat as we entered the ring! Looking around me I noticed we were competing with some of the most well know farms in the country. I thought to myself "We don't stand a chance."

I was literally shocked when after assessing the animals the judge pointed to us for first place. I actually turned around to see if she was pointing to someone behind me! Needless to say, this was an emotional victory for us. Having worked so hard for so long and to finally win at the highest level was an amazing experience! What made this victory even sweeter was having so many of our friends there watching the class and erupting into cheers when we were awarded the Blue Ribbon. We've gone on to many other wins since then, but for me, none will compare to this moment.



Sincerely,
Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm



Sunday, October 22, 2017

About our Gift Shop

Our Farm Store Gift Shop started out with humble beginnings! In 2008 we basically had a couple of display tables and few items in our then unfinished garage. We needed to be convinced there was an adequate demand for alpaca products before giving up our garage space and making the investment to convert the space into a Farm Store.

During that first winter when people would visit the shop you could literally see your breath in there! I don't know if perhaps the cold helped motivate people to buy the warm, comfy alpaca clothing, but buy it they did! As customers kept coming in to our shop we began to realize that the demand was real and growing. Feedback received from our customers was overwhelmingly positive - that people didn't just like this stuff, they loved it.

We soon converted our garage into an actual Farm Store & Gift Shop which now offers a wide array of wonderful alpaca clothing, accessories, rugs, blankets, children's toys, socks and more. One of our favorite sections is the yarn which is made from our own alpacas and processed right here in Maryland.

We continue to expand our selection of unique, handcrafted and unusual items in order to provide an exceptional shopping experience for our guests. Come visit us to find quality alpaca products, and then be sure and stop by to meet the animals. After all, they are the ones that actually produce the fiber for many of these items!


Sincerely,
Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fleece Prep

Vickie Skirting a Fleece

Vickie Skirting a Fleece

My partner in crime, Vickie hard at work cleaning a fleece in preparation to be sent to a local fiber mill to be processed into yarn. This is referred to as "skirting" a fleece and doing so properly ensures having nice clean yarn to offer our customers. Vickie excels at this and is meticulous in cleaning our fleeces.
All of the yarn we offer in our store is from our own alpacas and is processed locally.
"Maryland Made"

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rebel's Rebellion joins our herd

We'd like to introduce the newest member of our herd, Rebel's Rebellion.
Rebellion is another carbon copy of his mom, Anticipation Annie and his full sister, Annie's Minnie Me.
We seem to have found the right combination to produce the pinto pattern by breeding Anticipation Annie to Clear Mountain's Painted Rebel.
We really like the unique pattern of these alpacas and hope you do too!
Rebel-Dad

Rebel-Dad