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Outstanding Dreams Farm: A Maryland Alpaca Farm

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

First Show

First Show
Another memory I’d like to share is that of our first show. We entered the Virginia Classic Alpaca and Llama Show in 2008. We just brought two boys, Havana Smoke and Ice Man. Having attended a couple shows as spectators, we had a general idea of what to do but no real experience.
What a way to start! Smoke was the first to go into the ring and was, to put it mildly, quite a handful. He was a very nervous, high strung animal and combined with my inexperience and nervousness, this was a recipe for disaster! Sure enough, as the judge went to examine him he went ballistic. He reared up, catching me in the chest and pushed me half way across the ring before I got control of him. Again and again the judge patiently tried to examine him and the ring steward jumped in to help. Finally we succeeded and the judge moved on. Oh joy, I thought my heart was going to explode! We did end up placing fifth I think, so at least we got a ribbon for our efforts.
Next came Iceman who was much easier to handle. This went very well and he got a fourth place ribbon.
We survived our first show!
Since then, we have caught the “Show Bug” and have competed much more successfully at many shows over the years. (More on that later!)
It’s a good thing I’m a stubborn, determined person and have taught myself better handling skills.
I still get nervous and excited when we show, but am no longer intimidated by even the most difficult animals.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Our first cria at Outstanding Dreams Farm- 2008

Anticipation Annie at birth

Anticipation Annie at birth

How well I remember this day! Nervous doesn't begin to describe my feelings. I remember watching her mom, Outstanding Omen going into labor and wondering what to do. I had read all about this, but until you're actually in the moment, you have no idea how this feels. I literally had the alpaca neonatal book in one hand and my cell phone with the vet in the other!

The vet told me to just calm down, grab a chair, and Mother Nature will take care of everything.
Well, not so much. The head and feet came just fine, but then the cria was stuck. I called the vet again and she told me "Your going to have to pull it out."

"WHAT? I'm going to have to what? " Holy crap, nobody told me I was going to have to this! Okay, I can handle this. I followed her directions, grabbed the crias legs close to her body and pulled away from Mom down and at an angle. Mom is squealing and I'm pulling and cussin' up a storm! I got the elbows out and let me tell you, that little sucker shot out of there like a cannon! I'm covered in "bodily fluids" and thinking "What the heck have I got myself into?"

Everything actually went quite well after that. The cria was up and nursing in no time. In a day or two she was out running laps around the pasture. Anticipation Annie went on to a very successful show career and has since given us several beautiful crias, our favorites being Fancy Pants and Minnie Me two beautiful patterned females. Annie is actually due to deliver a full sibling to Minnie Me any day as of this writing. All of our alpacas are special, but Annie is especially special!
I can fly!

I can fly!

PAOBA 2009-Blue

PAOBA 2009-Blue

Annie's Fancy Pants cria

Annie's Fancy Pants cria

Annie's Minnie Me cria

Annie's Minnie Me cria


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Our 9th Annual Alpaca Festival

September 16th and 17th marked our 9th Annual Alpaca Festival and Open House at Outstanding Dreams Farm.
We were pleased to welcome hundreds of guests to our farm and even had a local television station come out to cover the festival!
The festival featured alpacas, our farm store, food and craft vendors, fiber arts demonstrations,children's activities and much more.
Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the support we received from our community,as well as our family and friends that volunteered to help make this possible!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

September 2017 is our 9th Annual Alpaca Festival

Join us as we celebrate our 9th Annual Fall Alpaca Festival on Saturday, September 16th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, and on Sunday, September 17th from noon - 4:00 pm. The farm, located on Maryland's beautiful eastern shore in Preston, will host arts and craft booths, fiber art demonstrations, food vendors, children's activities and live music as well as a unique shopping experience at our Farm Store.

The festival offers visitors a chance to take a tour of the farm, meet our lovable alpacas and learn more about these wonderful animals. As one of Caroline County's favorite farm tour destinations, we welcome hundreds of guests each year from all across the Delmarva Delmarva Peninsula as well as the surrounding states and nearby cities.

Why are alpaca products different and enjoyed by so many? The fleece is a luxurious, soft and durable fiber that is renowned for it’s hypoallergenic qualities. This makes it an excellent choice for those irritated by other materials, and the warmth and softness of the fleece ensures comfort that our customers return for over and over again. Don't miss the wide array of fiber products made from our own animals and available in the Farm Store, such as scarves, clothing, hats, children’s toys, jewelry, raw fiber and more.

Admission to the festival is free, and donations are gratefully appreciated. For more information please contact us at (410) 673-2002. We look forward to celebrating our 9th Fall Festival with you!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Introducing "Minnie Me"

Consider adding Minnie Me to your herd! At 10 months old she has a lovely temperament and is a real

Consider adding Minnie Me to your herd! At 10 months old she has a lovely temperament and is a real

Here is an update on one of our favorite little girls here at the farm. We are so pleased with Minnie Me, one of our outstanding fall crias, who at 10 months old is maturing nicely. She has a lovely and calm temperament to go along with her good looks and has played "The Bride" along with Miracle in the two weddings we recently participated in. As you can see from the photos, she is the spitting image of her mom, Anticipation Annie and is exactly what we were hoping for when we bred Annie to Rebel. Looking for something unique? Consider adding Minnie Me to your herd!



Clear Mountain's Painted Rebel - Sire
Anticipation Annie - Dam


Interested in learning more? Visit our website to read about starting out with alpacas and getting into the business of raising and breeding these wonderful animals. One of the things we strive for is excellence in our mentoring program for individuals interested in getting into the alpaca lifestyle. We offer guidance and leadership to help with everything from setting up your farm to selecting animals and more. Find out why so many of our clients rave about their buying experiences





Outstanding Dreams Farm is located in Caroline County on Maryland's eastern shore, just a short distance from many of the area's best dining experiences, cultural attractions, historical sites and charming small towns. Our visitors love coming out here for tours, shopping at our farm store and of course to meet and greet the alpacas! See what's nearby and plan a day trip to the farm while enjoying some of the local flavor and area destinations.

Sincerely, Phil and Vickie Liske
www.OutstandingDreamsFarm.com
Phone: 410-673-2002
24480 Pinetown Road
Preston, MD 21655
One of the things we strive for is excellence in our mentoring program for individuals interested in

One of the things we strive for is excellence in our mentoring program for individuals interested in

Schedule a tour to come out and visit with us, learn more about raising these loveable animals and p

Schedule a tour to come out and visit with us, learn more about raising these loveable animals and p


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Group Tours & Visitor Information

Our farm, located on the scenic eastern shore of Maryland, is a popular place for tour groups and visitors. Folks enjoy the peaceful drive out to Preston, often coming from the nearby city areas to explore the Delmarva Peninsula for an afternoon or day trip, and we enjoy meeting new people and being able to share our love of these animals with guests. We offer tours by appointment, ranging from small groups all the way up to large charter buses, and we ask that you kindly contact us in advance to schedule your visit.






What makes Outstanding Dreams Farm a popular destination?



Our visitors enjoy learning about the farm, how we operate and care for the alpacas. Along with information and educational facts, we provide a chance to go out into the fields, meet and touch the friendly animals and see and feel their luxurious fiber. Don't forget your camera! One of the truly unique aspects of a visit to our farm is the Farm Store, which offers a wide variety of fiber products including a large selection of our own yarns. Items made from alpaca fiber range from plush toys and sweaters to socks and rugs, providing guests with a very different opportunity for shopping. The scenic grounds and pastures of the farm allow wonderful photo opportunities and plenty of space for parking and we have hosted groups such as vintage car clubs, motorcycle tours, garden clubs, agricultural students and many other parties as well.



Where is the farm located?



Situated just off Route 16 in Preston, we are just minutes from the towns of Denton, Federalsburg, Hurlock and Easton. Below is a map indicating the surrounding areas, and for those using a GPS our address is: 24480 Pinetown Road Preston, MD 21655.







What's nearby? 



Our area is rich with local history, dining experiences, farms, shops, small towns, lodging at area Bed & Breakfasts, historical sites and outdoor destinations. A few highlights include:








How long should you plan on being here?



While the size of the group is certainly one of the key factors, we generally recommend that visitors allow at least an hour to an hour and a half. Learning about the animals, seeing the various steps of the fiber in the processing shed, exploring the store and of course taking some photographs is an experience to be enjoyed and we encourage you to give yourself plenty of time to arrive.





Interested in booking a group tour? Please visit our website to see more about our facility or email us here. We look forward to hearing from you and are eager to provide a wonderful experience here at Outstanding Dreams Farm.



Outstanding Dreams Farm is located in Caroline County on Maryland's eastern shore, just a short distance from many of the area's best dining experiences, cultural attractions, historical sites and charming small towns. Our visitors love coming out here for tours, shopping at our farm store and of course to meet and greet the alpacas! See what's nearby and plan a day trip to the farm while enjoying some of the local flavor and area destinations.
Sincerely, Phil and Vickie Liske
www.OutstandingDreamsFarm.com
Facebook Page
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Phone: 410-673-2002
24480 Pinetown Road
Preston, MD 21655

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Visiting Caroline County|Twilight Farms in Preston, Maryland

Where are we located and what's nearby? Planning an afternoon or day trip to our farm offers the opportunity to stop and enjoy some of the local flavor and area destinations. Today we are introducing you to our neighbors located just a few minutes away from Outstanding Dreams Farm on Route 16.





Twilight Farms LLC Gift Shop, along with being home to horses, chickens and roosters, offers a wide variety of Floral, Nursery, and Country Decor, handcrafted items and crafts. Their store features primitives, country accessories, and a unique selection of one-of-a-kind collectible bears dressed in custom made clothing. Stop by and see them when you are visiting here in Preston for an original shopping experience!




About Twilight Farms:
Eileen Traband, Owner
7305 Todds Wharf Road
Preston, Maryland 21655
Phone: (410)479-9703
Email: twilightfarmsllc@comcast.net
For more information take a look at their website and follow them on Facebook as well.


We look forward to being a part of your "eastern shore tour"!






Outstanding Dreams Farm is located in Caroline County, on the Maryland's eastern shore, just a short distance from many of the area's best dining experiences, cultural attractions, historical sites and charming small towns. Our visitors love coming out here for tours, shopping at our farm store and of course to meet and greet the alpacas! See what's nearby and plan a day trip to the farm while enjoying some of the local flavor and area destinations.


Sincerely, Phil and Vickie Liske
www.OutstandingDreamsFarm.com
Facebook Page
Twitter
Instagram
Phone: 410-673-2002
24480 Pinetown Road
Preston, MD 21655

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Press Release: Agritourism on Delmarva

On Saturday, April 1st 2017, agriculture students from across the country visited our area of Delmarva as part of an educational tour program. They were attending the 97th National Block & Bridle Convention in Arlington, Virginia which was co-hosted by the University of Connecticut and American Society of Animal Science, and the theme focused on “A scientific voice in agriculture”.



We were honored and excited to have been contacted months previously and selected as one of the four tour stops on Maryland’s eastern shore which included:

· Oyster Hatchery
· Dairy Farm
· Alpaca Farm
· Spocott Farm

Our contact at the American Society of Animal Science had informed us that there would be three separate groups arriving, each to include approximately 90 students. We had scheduled them a few hours apart to allow Phil to speak to each group for approximately 30 minutes, offering background and details of operations of the alpaca farm, care of the animals, medical aspects, etc. Following his presentation there was an opportunity for to ask questions and general discussion. Each group was at our farm for approximately one hour, and all participants seemed engaged and excited to visit and learn about the animals. Some of the topics covered were animal husbandry, business aspects of farm operation and we had a wonderful time interacting with such interested young people.



We feel that our location here on Delmarva is rich with such opportunities to bring future visitors, not only in the categories of tourism and vacation experiences, but also in the capacity for educational programs. Considering that there are so many varieties of agriculture, farming and locally-made products which can be found across the eastern shore portions of Maryland and Virginia, as well as Delaware, it seems that we would be ideally positioned for the creation of a “multi-state” Ag Trail or Agritourism Experience.

While there are a few small programs already in place, such as the Kent County, MD “Farm and Country Driving Tour” and the “Virginia's Eastern Shore Artisan Trail”, there appears to be no combined effort which brings together so many of these experiences and sites which could attract visitors to our entire Delmarva Peninsula. We believe that there is great value in marketing the unique aspects of this area and would be excited to reach out and connect with others who share this goal.





Sincerely,
Phil & Vickie Liske
www.OutstandingDreamsFarm.com
Facebook Page
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Email
Phone: 410-673-2002
24480 Pinetown Road
Preston, MD 21655

Friday, April 14, 2017

Miracle the Celebrity!

Our little cria "Miracle" with the unusual marking pattern on his face, is becoming quite a celebrity lately. First, he got his picture in Alpacas magazine, and now he's on the front page of The Delmarva Farmer! We were honored to have our farm featured in The Delmarva Farmer in an article focusing on our agritourism efforts.





Miracle is aptly named as his entry into this world was quite difficult since his positioning in the birth canal was not quite right and required some nifty manipulation by our veterinarian. After a prolonged labor and a very difficult birth, we honestly didn't expect him to still be alive. Once our vet corrected his position in the birth canal, he popped out and started wriggling around. There were six of us there and we all looked at each other and said "That's a miracle!"

The name stuck and we are so glad to have him with us. He has turned out to be a friendly little guy and now served as our farm's "Alpaca Ambassador". You can read the entire article at the Delmarva Farmer by clicking here







Outstanding Dreams Farm is located in Caroline County, on the Maryland's eastern shore, just a short distance from many of the area's best dining experiences, cultural attractions, historical sites and charming small towns. Our visitors love coming out here for tours, shopping at our farm store and of course to meet and greet the alpacas! See what's nearby and plan a day trip to the farm while enjoying some of the local flavor and area destinations.




Sincerely, Phil & Vickie Liske
www.OutstandingDreamsFarm.com
Facebook Page
Twitter
Instagram
Email: pvliske@OutstandingDreamsFarm.com
Phone: 410-673-2002
24480 Pinetown Road
Preston, MD 21655

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Introducing the newest member of our herd, STF “Mercy”

Outstanding Dreams Farm is excited to introduce the newest member of our herd, STF Mercy.

Many thanks to our friends Timm and Helen Herman of Sugartown Farms for allowing us to purchase Mercy at the VAOBA Expo where she won the Black Female Color Champion class as well as being awarded the Blue Ribbon in her Walking Fleece class.

She was also the Reserve Champion Black Female at PAOBA in November, as well as being awarded the Blue Ribbon at AOA Nationals in the Fleece Show competition.

We will continue to show Mercy until Spring 2017, then plan to put Mercy into our breeding program as one of our foundation females. We can’t wait to see the crias this girl delivers!


Phil and Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm
24480 Pinetown Road
Preston, MD 21655
Phone: 410-673-2002
www.OutstandingDreamsFarm.com