We bought our farm for horses but then discovered alpacas. All of our past animal experience, our professional backgrounds and our relatively new knowledge about farming worked together to help us make the transition. But, there are always a lot of fun stories to tell along the way when you undertake an adventure like an old 50 acre farm, and a new species!
The home of Nobility Alpacas, Ltd is our family farm in Wernersville, Pennsylvania. Our farm sits on 50 acres of land that has been farmed as far back as its history is known. That history has provided wonderful, well built farm buildings including a large peg barn, several smaller buildings for livestock and storage and an historic log home.
This farm has lots of history. It was first deeded in 1722. The house is a log home which is now mostly covered by siding but still contains the characteristics of a home built in the mid 1800's. Our family focus has been to rehabilitate the house & five outbuildings, build a newer livestock barn, reclaim the overgrown land and create a wonderful environment for all things to grow. We now have thirty-four beautiful Suri alpacas, one nosey guard llama, some insect-eating, egg-laying chickens, several barking dogs, some mice-eating cats, some bossy geese, cute ducks & a two horses!
We purchased the farm in 1999 with the intent of finding a business which would make it self-sustaining and we found our purpose in owning and breeding Peruvian Suri alpacas. Our family’s combined experience included horses and other livestock, Jeanne’s experience as an oncology nurse and alternative health practitioner and Ross’ as a chemist & physician. Well armed, we all set about learning about alpacas, their care, how to renew our farm and fields and generally rehabilitating the farm.
Buying an older, unoccupied farm and rebuilding it has given us a lot of first hand problem-solving experience. This experience has taught us how important balance is: natural versus chemical, traditional versus alternative, family versus business and intervention versus observation; as they apply to the land, the animals and the humans!
Our focus at Nobility Alpacas, Ltd., is to introduce and mentor novice and potential owners into the business and life of alpaca ownership including breeding, health care, farm care, showing and alpaca fiber. Our goal is to provide all of the teaching, mentoring and benefit of our experience to help alpaca owners achieve both a successful business and an enjoyable life for breeders and their alpacas.