Barnett’s Creek farm is small family owned and operated farm in South Central Kentucky.
We began our Alpaca adventure in May of 2007 with the purchase of two females from Canada. In November 2007 we began construction of our home on the farm. During 2008 and 2009 we planned our pasture layout and barns. The main barn structure was begun in July 2009. With just Paul and I as the construction crew and him splitting his living arrangement between KY and Florida while we attempted to sell our home there, the barn construction took nearly a full year. In November 2009 Paul became a full time alpaca farmer and KY resident. It’s been a very long road with plenty of hurdles, but we were determined and focused. Life is good !
As with many who get into this business, we found that we were at a time in our lives where we wanted to slow life down a little bit, get away from the hustle and bustle and find our place in the country. We had NO IDEA that finding our 60 secluded acres would lead us to raising Alpacas….but it did, and we are very excited about it.
Before we decided to start raising Alpacas we visited many farms and attended shows. We decide early on that we preferred the fuzzy faced Huacaya breed over the Suri. With that in mind we continued our search for a pair of quality females to start our breeding program.
We eventually found our first two girls in Kentucky where they had come from Agassiz’s Alpacas in Canada to be sold. Sonatina and Chardonnay were part of a group that Agassiz’s had sent to the US for sale. Sonatina was bred in Canada before export and gave us our first male cria, Dreamweaver, who was our breeding herdsire for several years.
Our intention is to keep 25 – 30 alpacas on the farm, including herdsires in a variety of colors. Our goal is to continue to breed our best girls to enhance their weaknesses and continue to raise the quality of our herd. In addition we will be looking to add other genetics to our herd yearly by making purchases or trades with other farms.