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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

An Outstanding Year!

I am happy to say that 2015 has been an Outstanding year for our farm!
This year marked the birth of many beautiful crias and is highlighted by what we consider to be two of our best prospects so far, ODF Sonic's Celebrity, and ODF 'S Epiphany.
We are also excited to introduce our newest herdsire, Jetson's Sir William, a 9X Champion Rose Gray male we now co own with Long Lasting Alpaca Acres. We can't wait to see his crias gracing our pastures!
Sales have also been very strong this year, setting a new record for us. We've always made a point of offering our very best alpacas to other farms seeking to upgrade their herd and many of our alpacas have moved on to new homes this year.
We also hosted our two annual events, our Alpaca Farm Festival and Open House held in September and our Holiday Open House held in November. Both events broke previous records and we welcomed many visitors, old and new to our farm.
We look forward with hope and optimism for the coming year and wish all of our alpaca friends a safe, prosperous, and Happy New Year!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

An Epiphany at Outstanding Dreams Farm

Epiphany: By definition, " A sudden and striking realization, a breakthrough".

We recently had an epiphany of sorts here at our farm. It came in the form of the birth of our latest cria, a beautiful rose gray girl,aptly named," Outstanding Dreams Farm's Epiphany". Marking a breakthrough in our breeding program, this girl possesses all the traits we have been striving to achieve for several years.

We have been working diligently to improve the overall quality of our breeding stock since the beginning of our farm. In the last few years, we have really started to reap the rewards of our selective breeding decisions and have seen a remarkable and rewarding trend in the quality of crias we've been producing here.This has been a hard climb for us as we are just a small farm and work with a limited budget. It has only been through careful and well thought out breeding decisions along with a few select purchases of outside breeding stock that we have been able to achieve our goal of producing top quality alpacas. It demonstrates that it is possible for small farms like ours to succeed and compete successfully with larger farms. Hopefully this will encourage other small breeders to stay the course. Anything is possible provided you apply yourself and don't let others discourage you from your goals!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Birthing Season Begins!



Each year we look forward to the start of birthing season. This really is my favorite time of year.
As Vickie says " Each birth is like opening up a Christmas present." What color will it be? Will it be a Boy or a Girl?
This year things started off with a bang with two births occurring minutes apart! This was a first for us. First, Serenade went into labor, then Tempest walked over to her, sniffed her and decided it was time to join the party!
Serenade delivered a beautiful fawn female whom we've named Angelica. Tempest had a handsome boy that we've named Ragnar after the main character from the History Channel's Vikings series. Both are doing great and growing very well. I mentioned earlier about not knowing ahead of time what color the cria will be. Serenade is white and was bred to our beige herdsire, Maximization. Her cria, Angelica is a dark fawn. Tempest is medium fawn and was bred to a medium fawn male. Her cria, Ragnar, is bay black. Like Vickie said, each birth is like waiting to open a Christmas present and you never know what's inside until you take the wrapping off !

We are expecting six more cria this spring and can't wait to see what Mother Nature has in store for us ! As many cria as we've had here, this never gets old, we love the anticipation!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Springtime at our farm

Spring has finally arrived here at our farm and with it comes the promise of a new generation of alpacas being born. Each year, we get so excited with the anticipation of our newest crop of crias!
What color will they be? Male or female? How will their fleece and conformation look? No one can know the answers to any of these questions for sure. I'm actually glad we can't predict these things, it only adds to the excitement! We have a saying here at our farm, " Every birth is like opening up a wrapped Christmas present! Who knows what's inside?"

Spring also means many other things will be happening. Spring is the time for shearing and all that entails.Spring is also the time when people start coming out to tour our farm and we always look forward to welcoming the many guests to our farm. We've met so many nice people and formed long lasting friendships this way. Of course, spring is also the time for GREEN pastures! I can't wait for the alpacas to once again enjoy some nice fresh, green grass! Spring is also the time when we wean the crias that were born in the Autumn. I actually just did this last Sunday and I have to say it's one of my least favorite duties here. Most of the crias are adjusting well and the moms are all tickled pink!

Spring means different things to different people. I think for the most part, we are all glad to see winter leave and look forward to a season of renewal and a bumper crop of beautiful, healthy crias.

Phil & Vickie Liske
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24480 Pinetown Road
Preston, MD 21655

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Jewel's Journey West

When we started Outstanding Dreams Farm in 2007, neither Vickie nor I would have ever imagined what the future had in store. Eight years ago, we embarked on this venture with two bred females and a cria at his mom's side. Today, our herd of 35 includes some of the top bloodlines in the nation. One of those alpacas is Crown’s Jewel, a stunning medium silver grey Huacaya who will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Sired by Casanova’s Peruvian Crown Prince, the two-year old Jewel has already won two blue ribbons, winning her class in both her show appearances. She is currently scheduled to be bred to A Pacafun’s Super Sonic, an elite gray with fourteen championships. Her cria is bound to be spectacular!
Just this past week, we closed on the sale of Jewel to Dancing Elk Alpacas, an alpaca farm in Livingston, Montana. Yes, you read that right - Montana. Jewel will soon be heading west on the trip of a lifetime to her new home with Kim and Mike Quesenberry, the lovely owners of Dancing Elk Alpacas in Livingston, Montana.
When it comes to selling alpacas with bloodlines like Jewel, distance becomes irrelevant. Within a day of listing Jewel on our website, we received the inquiry. Kim and Mike recognized Jewel’s “outstanding” qualities immediately, and we couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful home for our special girl!

We have worked very hard to cultivate these excellent bloodlines, and it is incredibly exciting for us to see the results. Recently, while out vaccinating the herd, Vickie and I had the chance to look at the fleece of our crias from the past year. I can honestly say that we couldn’t have been more excited. There are big things in store for these babies, and we can’t wait to see what the future will bring.
One of our main goals here at Outstanding Dreams Farm is to breed alpacas of the caliber that appeal to established breeders who recognize quality animals when they see them. The sale of Jewel was a very difficult decision for us to make, but it moves us towards this goal.
We strive to offer a wide variety of alpacas that appeal to all of our clients’ needs and desires, from starter to show-quality alpacas. No matter the alpaca, we take pride in guaranteeing all of our customers receive our most important offering - "outstanding" customer service.