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Friday, October 26, 2018

Gabbie Girl !

Gabriela , just born

Gabriela , just born

We're so excited to introduce the newest member of our herd!
Please welcome Outstanding Dreams Gabriela.
Gabbie is so named as she's the gabbiest alpaca we've ever known! I actually heard her before seeing her. She really is one Gabbie Girl!
What is so exciting about Gabbie is that her sire and dam have now combined to give us three consecutive Pinto patterned offspring. Gabbie has an older sister and brother who are almost identical to her, ODF Annie's Minnie Me and ODF Rebel's Rebellion.
Her dam, Anticipation Annie was actually the first cria born at Outstanding Dreams Farm, so of course, that makes her special to us! We purchased Clear Mountain's Painted Rebel specifically to breed to Annie in hopes of producing a knockout Pinto patterned offspring. This turned out to be the perfect combination as they have now given us three beautiful Pintos in a row!
We can't wait to see how this little cria turns out and will be sure to keep you posted!
Gabbie Girl

Gabbie Girl

Older sister, Minnie Me

Older sister, Minnie Me

Older brother, Rebel's Rebellion

Older brother, Rebel's Rebellion

Sire, Clear Mountain's Painted Rebel

Sire, Clear Mountain's Painted Rebel


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

An Alpaca Wedding in Wye Mills, Maryland

Ryan and Christina's big day!

Ryan and Christina's big day!


What an exciting and unique way to spend the day!

Once again, we were delighted to bring our alpacas to be part of a wedding celebration. It's such a fun and exciting experience for us as the alpacas are so popular and bring happiness to so many people attending the wedding. This is actually the third wedding we've been a part of, so now, we're kind of getting the hang of it.

The alpacas are always part of the wedding photos with the bride and groom, as well as the wedding party and guests. We then mingle with the crowd, allowing visitors the chance to meet the animals and pose for individual photos. Our male, Miracle, is a natural at this and warms to the occasion! He's had two "brides", Minnie Me, who now lives at another farm, and Gift, his latest "love".

We enjoy doing quirky , out of the ordinary things so this is a good fit for us. If you are considering holding a special occasion or event and trying to settle on just the right touch, perhaps alpacas might be just the thing! Feel free to contact us via email or phone to find out more about an "Alpaca Adventure" for your big day.


Sincerely,
Phil and Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Delivery Day at New Groove Alpacas

A picture's worth  thousand words!

A picture's worth thousand words!

Our tagline is "Let us fulfill your Outstanding Dream".

Today we got to do just that!
We delivered three of our alpacas to their new home at New Groove Alpacas in Middletown Delaware. Bonnie and Scot are wonderful people who first visited our farm almost two years ago inquiring about entering the alpaca business. They made several follow up visits to our farm as well as visiting many other farms and attending various shows and seminars.
We worked with them throughout their research phase answering questions and showing them how we run our business and care for our alpacas.
When the time came to purchase alpacas, they returned to our farm where we helped them select their starter herd.
We feel honored to have been the farm they chose to purchase from and look forward to helping them along the way.
One of our favorite things is assisting new people entering the Alpaca world learn the ropes and fulfill their dream of raising alpacas!
We love to share in the excitement and it reminds us of when our alpacas first arrived at our farm.
Bonnie, Vickie, and the girls in the background

Bonnie, Vickie, and the girls in the background

Girl Power!

Girl Power!


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

10th Anniversary Alpaca Farm Festival and Open House at Outstanding Dreams Farm

Pacatrain debut

Pacatrain debut

It's hard to believe that we've just celebrated our 10th Alpaca Farm Festival and Open House here at Outstanding Dreams Farm!
As they say, "Time flies when you're having fun!" And what fun we are having!
We so enjoy hosting this festival and opening up our farm to the public. Each year we have droves of people come to enjoy a fun day at our farm learning about alpacas, shopping in our Alpaca Farm Store,enjoying good food, live music, children's activities, and a variety of craft vendors. It's such a pleasure for us as we introduce many people to alpacas for the first time and explain to them why they are raised. For many, it truly is "Love at first sight!"
We never imagined ten years ago that what started out as a little Open House would evolve into such a festival. At our first event, we had a couple of small display tables with alpaca products, information on alpacas, and a couple of alpacas in a pen. We baked some cookies, and had soft drinks available for what we thought would be a small number of visitors. Boy, were we surprised when the guests started rolling in the driveway! Our alpacas were way more popular than we imagined and we were inundated with guests eager to learn all about these funny looking creatures!
Each year our event has evolved, and now we welcome roughly 1500 -2000 visitors to our farm over the course of the weekend. The alpacas are still the main focus of our festival, but we now include food and craft vendors, children's activities, and live music at our festival. A new addition to this year's event was the one and only Pacatrain Barrel Ride which was a huge hit with the kids(and adults)!
Seeing and hearing the joy our visitors experience makes all the hard work we put into hosting this event worthwhile. It really is a labor of love and our way of giving back to the community that supports our business year round.
We're already looking forward to and making plans for next year's festival!
Flo saying Hi!

Flo saying Hi!


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Sharing Our Experiences With Others

We are very excited to again be offering a business seminar here at our farm for those interested in alpacas. Whether you are thinking of adding a few animals to your current property as companions, curious about the possibility of starting your own farm, or looking ahead to building a business for the future, Vickie and I would be delighted to speak with you. Talking with those who fall under the spell of these sweet, calm and lovable animals is one of the best parts of our job, as we remember well how eager we were to start our own farm and know first-hand just how wonderful the experience can be.


Ten years later we have amassed a wealth of information covering all facets of raising alpacas, and find that offering a helping hand, so to speak, is what we truly love to do. We believe our seminar is a great intro to this lifestyle as well as an enjoyable and educational way to learn in a small, comfortable group setting. Our goal is to share some of the joy we have found with our animals with you! To register, call or email us at the information below and we will get in touch as soon as possible. We would also like to note that as a courtesy to seminar attendees who become clients and select animals to buy from our farm, we offer an introductory credit of $150 on your first alpaca purchase.


Sincerely,
Phil and Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm

Thursday, September 20, 2018

National Alpaca Farm Days to Take Place in Preston, Maryland

Located in Caroline County just about 2 hours from the city areas of Annapolis, Baltimore and Northe

Located in Caroline County just about 2 hours from the city areas of Annapolis, Baltimore and Northe

We are part of "National Alpaca Farm Days", an event taking place all across the country which encourages people to visit a farm and explore the wonderful world of alpacas. Our 10th Annual Fall Festival is the same weekend of Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th so make your plans to join us for a great time!

Located in Caroline County just about 2 hours from the city areas of Annapolis, Baltimore and Northern Virginia, our festival offers shopping, music, fiber products and lots of alpacas. Hours are as follows: Saturday, September 29th: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM and 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


Come out and be a part of National Alpaca Farm Days while enjoying a beautiful afternoon in the country. We look forward to seeing you!

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



New baby alpaca

New baby alpaca "Go With The Flo"

National Alpaca Farm Days to Take Place in Preston, Maryland

National Alpaca Farm Days to Take Place in Preston, Maryland

Baby alpacas just born a few weeks ago

Baby alpacas just born a few weeks ago

Cria Races!

Cria Races!


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!

Wednesday, September 12, 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!