— The New Mexico Alpaca Breeders Team

Wide Sky Ranch: A Santa Fe Alpaca Farm

Big dreams, open minds, warm hearts

Dave and Pam Groff
19 Blue Mesa RdSanta Fe, NM 87508
941-587-4601
505-501-3122
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Winter Writing

Wyatt gazing at the horizon.

Wyatt gazing at the horizon.

Now that the hectic holiday seasons have passed, Dave and I are enjoying our very mild weather here in Santa Fe although we most certainly need precipitation in any form. Already we have gone 90 days with any at all and we are beginning another dry stretch. Yesterday we enjoyed mid-60's! Very strange. And to think, our alpacas are rounding out their bodies now that Mother Nature is encouraging their fleece to grow faster and faster. Every time the opportunity arises to check fleece, we take a l read more...
Nuno Felting Workshop

Nuno Felting Workshop

Clementine's baby fleece

Clementine's baby fleece

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

Our Chance

Our Chance


Monday, November 13, 2017

Autumn Has Arrived

Before

Before

Or has it?? Our temperatures have been in the 50's and today in the mid 60's. And we aren't complaining at all as now we have some extra time to tend to outdoor chores. Today my husband and I worked at removing tumbleweed aka Russian Thistle from the main girls pasture next to our large barn. Tumbleweeds were first seen in the States in 1877 in S. Dakota. Apparently transported in flax seed from Russia, they are a terrible weed we must deal with every year. Not only ugly, they have razor sharp t read more...
After

After

Mom and baby

Mom and baby

Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown

Wyatt, now 2

Wyatt, now 2


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Summer is Over so Now It's Balloon Fest in Albuquerque

Resting after breakfast with mom.

Resting after breakfast with mom.

Regardless what time of the year it is, there's always lots going on at Wide Sky Ranch. Lalique gave birth in August to Charlie Brown, her 9th birth over her 13 years. Clementine is so very happy to have a playmate in the pasture! He loves to run like the wind, kicking up his hind legs. And is he gaining weight like mad now that he is eating hay as well as still nursing. It won't be long until he is heavier than Clementine. Tomorrow he will receiving his cria hair cut which will take down his bl read more...
Sunning with mom while Clementine looks on.

Sunning with mom while Clementine looks on.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It Started Out as a Normal Day and Then.....

Ranch Visitor with Cleo

Ranch Visitor with Cleo

June 26th began pretty much like any other day. In the morning I attended a new local embroidery group so I can improve upon my embroidery skills. Following lunch I began the dreaded task of catching up with WSR paperwork/computer work. As I plowed through the tall pile on my desk, I received a last minute telephone inquiry, asking if I could show visitors around the ranch. Sure, I was tiring of the paperwork.

Ranch tour went well. There's always lots to tell new friends about our al read more...
Those long wobbly legs!

Those long wobbly legs!

"Hi Mom"

Crias need lots of rest, just like babies do.

Crias need lots of rest, just like babies do.

Success!

Success!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A New Addition to WSR - Lexie

Good friends of ours in southern New Mexico are in the process of down sizing their once very large herd of alpacas so the timing was right last week to purchase a beautiful white yearling called Lexie. For the past six months I have been keeping my eyes open for a white girl whose fleece we can possibly combine with another older girl we own, Rosetta. Lexie couldn't be better because her hair is bright, fine and lots of it. The herd has readily accepted her as one of their own so we couldn't be read more...

Monday, May 29, 2017

Shearing Day 2017

Rosetta and her girlfriends

Rosetta and her girlfriends

Another day of shearing is in the books now. Having learned much from the previous 3, we planned well and with the help of about 12 people including the shearer and his assistant as well as our hard working local volunteers, in two hours we had all the herd sheared, resulting in over 63 lbs of fleece. A few of the herd had their bottom teeth trimmed and no one complained all that much. We have one alpaca who complains all the times as she is sheared, but we expected it so it was no problem at al read more...
Rosetta resting comfortably

Rosetta resting comfortably

Chance's prime fleece being wrapped up.

Chance's prime fleece being wrapped up.

The girls feeling much cooler without their overcoats.

The girls feeling much cooler without their overcoats.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New Mexico Fiber Crawl - Mother's Day Weekend

About 3 1/2 years ago Dave and I dared to dream about going beyond my lifelong pursuit of knitting and actually establish an alpaca ranch in Santa Fe. Fortunately Dave was raised on a dairy farm in PA so he has the animal know how. Come see how our dream is being realized at WSR Check out exciting new products we are making from our small herd. On both days we will be giving ranch tours during which you will learn all about alpacas, how we care for them, compete in sanctioned alpaca shows, and h read more...

Monday, April 17, 2017

NM Fiber Crawl is quickly approaching

A quick reminder for all fiber enthusiasts either living in the area or vising us to check out this exciting event. For full details, please go to www.nmfibercrawl.org

Monday, March 27, 2017

New Mexico Fiber Crawl


Sponsored by Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center

Crawl: Saturday May 13, 10am - 5pm
Crawl: Sunday May 14, 10am - 5pm

New Mexico offers a wealthy textile tradition that is steeped in its diverse culture and enriched by its extensive history. The Fiber Crawl opens doors to work of local Fiber Artists, cultural centers, stores, farms and museums offering an unforgettable experience for everyone.

The tour spans locations a read more...

Sunday, March 5, 2017

My Daily Ranch Chores

This morning started out pretty much like any other except the weather was warmer than usual plus the air was still, very unusual for Santa Fe. After feeding and the 3 boys in their pasture (plus cleaning up after them), I did the same for our 3 girls in the next pasture. Pretty uneventful for the most part.

Now the pregnant girls were another matter. Let me explain why they are not with the other girls, but away in their own area. Alpacas are a lot like us humans, including when pre read more...