Keeping Up With Long Island Livestock (or trying to…)
From Farm To Fashion Summer 2016
VIP Seats, VP Guests, Finale Walk
“They bring their vision for our yarns to life…
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Photos by Danny Ghitis, New York Times
Niki Anderson Kuklenski & JNK Tobias’s Caldera
Photo Featured Across USA
Great PR for their Therapy Llama Work
Carol Reigh’s Buck Hollow Llamas Make News in Reading Eagle
“Robeson Township Farmer’s Carefully Bred Llamas Are In High Demand”
by Susan Shelly November 16, 2016
Carol Reigh loves the llamas she raises on her 100-plus-acre farm in Robeson Township. She knows each by name, and talks easily about each one’s particular traits and personality. All of the llamas are microchipped and registered with the International Lama Registry. She weighs and examines each animal monthly to assure they stay healthy, and has been known to sponge cool water on them when it gets hot.
As much as she cares about the animals, however, they are not pets. A former teacher, Reigh is the owner of Buck Hollow Llamas, a business she started about 20 years ago with the purchase of four llamas.”My friend and I went to a llama and alpaca fair and we fell in love,” she said. “I came back and told my husband that if we got some llamas they would eat the grass and eliminate the mowing.”While the llamas did eat the grass, they also created a new world for Reigh, who is both a farmer and a savvy businesswoman.
Her herdsires, or studs, are renowned for their superior bloodlines and have won top national prizes for their appearance, fiber and genetics. There is a waiting list for other llama owners who want to breed their females with Buck Hollow studs, a task for which Reigh charges a considerable fee.
One of her studs, 10-year-old Eskalero, is part of the E-Line, a celebrated bloodline among llamas.”Within the industry, it’s one of the most sought-after bloodlines in the country,” Reigh noted.She breeds her females with great care and travels around the country to buy llamas that will improve her herd, which she keeps small; about 35 animals.”I’m intentional about keeping my herd small so I can concentrate on genetics and trusting dispositions,” Reigh said. “That’s been my goal since day one.”Her llamas are in high demand, with a waiting list for her crias, or babies.All one has to do to appreciate the quality of Reigh’s llamas is to step inside her ribbon room, which is filled with hundreds of them from shows around the country.”I do an open barn event every year and I give away a lot of the ribbons to kids who come,” Reigh said. “They love them.”
The llama fad
“That was a crazy time,” Reigh said. “People were paying $50,000 for a llama, sight unseen.”Those days are gone, but llamas are again gaining in popularity because of their versatile nature. Ranchers use them as guard animals, and others as therapy animals. They are prized for their fiber, which is soft, warm and extremely durable.The cost of a llama varies, but Reigh normally sells a breeding female for $2,500 to $3,500. Someone who wants a llama for a pet generally can get one for about $1,500.”I do sell llamas, but I have to make sure they’ll get as good or better a home,” she said. “The people I know who raise llamas care about their animals a great deal.”
Reigh’s animals are fed once a day. She relies on specialists for toenail trimming, shearing and other specialized tasks.Generally, she said, she spends about an hour a day caring for the animals.”To do my chores it’s maybe an hour,” she said. “But there are always fences to fix and that sort of thing.”In addition to caring for her llamas, Reigh spins their fiber and is learning to dye it as well.She sells fiber and llama fiber products, such as socks, sweaters, scarves and hats.She also hosts groups and individuals who want to learn about llamas, and sometimes transports a llama or two to visit a nursing home or another location.Raising llamas has taught her a great deal, she said, and has been an experience she will never regret.”So much has happened since we moved to this property in 1990,” she said. “I never expected to be a llama farmer, but here I am. It’s all been a journey, and a great adventure.”
Enjoy the video. Photos by Lauren A. Little.
Niki Anderson Kuklenski
Wins THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
At Greater Appalachian Llama & Alpaca Conference October 30, 2016
Long Island Livestock Company’s Evanesco
Wins First Place & Reserve Championship in Shorn Fleece
At Greater Appalachian Llama & Alpaca Conference October 29, 2016
Energy Enthusiasm Exhaustion: Rhinebeck Trinity 2016
Tabbethia Haubold & Long Island Livestock Company
Done Dusted Success
Big Score At The Big E
Tabbethia Haubold & LILCO Youth Show Team
September 16 — October 2, 2016
Teri Conroy And A Wonderful Wunsapana Llama
Treat Pre-School Students With A Special Visitor
Carol Reigh’s Buck Hollow Llamas Win Big at The Gathering
Iowa State Fairgrounds
June 17 — 19, 2016
Niki Anderson Kuklenski Wraps Spring — Summer 2016
Cayetano Shines as Multi-tasking Llama
Pack Trials, Hiking, Therapy, 22 Grand Champion Halter Wins
This handsome pack boy shows his versatility in and out of the show ring. Niki has reason to be proud of her Registered Therapy Llama. At a recent visit, Niki recalls, “A new resident gazed into his eyes and he reached down and kissed her. She giggled and said, “I am going to cry.” These moments keep me going. We thank you, Niki and Cayetano, for your service.
Shining as Pet Partners Therapy, pack trials, day and overnight packing in CO, 22 Halter Championships, undefeated in Classic/Light Wool and halfway to an ALSA halter champion in one show. According to Niki, “The best part is, he is just a sweet and mellow guy! He has the best temperament. He also proves that we truly breed for the all around llama that can do it all!”
Carol Reigh ~ Buck Hollow Llamas
Win Large at West Virginia Show
August 12 — 13, 2016
Carol Reigh on this show: “Most proud of our double reserves with BHLF Thunderstorm and our Grand with Black Velvet. The biggest thrill was how well BHLF Snap Chat did her classes double firsts in halter and a reserve champion, a placing in performanceMost proud of our double reserves with BHLF Thunderstorm and our Grand with Black Velvet. The biggest thrill was how well BHLF Snap Chat did her classes double firsts in halter and a reserve champion, a placing in performance AND she was perfect for our silly costume class.” (see photo below)
East Coast Women WIN
Ohio State Fair
July 22 — 23, 2016
Carol Reigh on this show: “Our entire group posing with all of the awards we won this past weekend. Amongst us were 4 halter championships, 3 performance championships, 9 fleece championships, 2 of the showmanship winners, the versatility award and the composite award. So proud for all of us!”
Carol Reigh Had A Fine Showing
Tabbethia Haubold ~ LILCO Evanesco Win Fleece & A Lot More
Tabbethia Haubold: “LILCO Evanesco was bumped into the single coat without crimp class and was 2nd in shorn fleece and reserve grand champion. He was also 2nd in double coat walking fleece and reserve grand. I should also comment that this is an Eskalero boy from Carol Reigh of Buck Hollow Llamas, Inc.”
Tabbethia Haubold on Evanesco: “LILCO Evanesco is proving himself to be an all around great guy. He placed two 2nds and two res ch in fleece classes, was 2nd in yearling heavy wool male and 3rd overall and placed 3rd in both novice pack and PR out of a very large class of over 20 llamas and he only just turned a year earlier this month.“
Sue Shoop Wins Grand Champion Composite With Elliott
“Parasites As Welcome Guests” by Carl Zimmer, NYT
A compelling read that examines the benefits of parasites as guests without minimizing the hazards of such occupation as well. For the full text of the article, suggest by Ann L. Bodnyk, click this link.
PLAA Presence At Annual Ag Progress Days
Pennsylvania State University August 16-18, 2016
Anita Collins Ph.D. Attends
A Special Time Begins
When You Choose Your Llama or They Choose You
Second Wind Llama Farm
Empty nest. Llama quest. Search for a green and more sustainable life. Ecotourism ambassador. PLAA’s Llama Letter newsletter editor for 5 years. In January 2015, Bev Vienckowski and her husband Ed began Second Wind Llama Adventures. The rest makes history.
A magical space, where you fall in love with the people, the animals, the philosophy. Gardening. Chickens. Working farm. A place time forgot.
Makes front page news in two local newspapers.
To read more about his special place from children of all ages, open the Examiner or Tri-Town News. Then choose your unique adventure, book a date, and begin creating memories. Unforgettable. For more information, contact Second Wind Llama Farm.
Second Wind Farm’s Llama Adventures Are Making News
Create A Memory ~ Design Your Adventure
Contact Information: http://www.secondwindllamas.com/contact-us-today/
Gunner’s Llama Loofahs Have Legs!
Noon Design Shop Carries Bev Vienckowski’s Loofah Line
Available in All Locations
The base fiber is 100% llama (super soft) with accents which are mostly merino wool, color keyed to the fragrance… It’s a lovely organic soap too, 4 oz bars, and your hands will feel great. Scents will vary by availability and season but will usually include: Lavender, Montana Prairie, Thyme Garden, Peppermint, Pink Grapefruit, Patchouli, Citrus Lavender, Lemongrass and Unscented for Sensitive Skin.
Long Island Livestock CO Llama Loofahs Hit The Fitness World
Tracy Anderson’s Holiday Gift Giving Guide 2015
Life Experience Favorites
Teri Conroy’s Wunsapana Lockspun Artisan Yarns
Fiber Best in Show Wins Summer ~ Autumn 2015
Her Yarns Are Fiberlicious ~ Waiting List Only
Wunsapana Farm ~ Changing Lives One Llama at a Time. Happy Holidays.
Niki Anderson Kulenski’s Therapy Llamas Make ABC News
Move Over, Therapy Dogs! Therapy Llamas Are Here!!
Therapy Llamas “Kiss” Patients’ Blues Away
Wunsapana Farm ZAK+FOX Photo Shoot
Before & After
August & November 2015
Zak+Fox: throwback: sofas in fields, 15 new camelid friends and Club Monaco athleisurewear
Teri Conroy: ZAK+FOX sent me the catalog that Wunsapana Farm – Llamas, and alpaca, Griffin, modeled for. Very exciting! And I bet that day long ago when daughter, Hannah, and I laid Griffin on the back seat of the truck, to bring him here…he never dreamed he was going to be a fashion model! Thank you ZAK+FOX! (I only took two pictures so you get the idea, but there is a whole catolog of pictures!)
ZAK+FOX has an uniquely distinctive website. Like no other. Like the new iPhone, this site displays movement. Ethereal effect. Do explore. Concepts, creator, products…sophisticated market. And they use Teri Conroy’s Wunsapana Llamas in their photo shoots and catalog. Art in advertising.
Teri Conroy’s Wunsapana Farm ~ Llamas Photo Shoot for ZAK+FOX
Peruano Fall Line Photos
Lovely interiors. Classic exteriors. Fabulous llamas. Photo shoot for ZAK+FOX Handwoven Textile Collection.
This photo of one of my silkies on a very special chair, in the loft of the big barn, makes me kind of squeal with happy. Beautiful ZAK+FOX!
Carol Reigh and Buck Hollow Llamas Great Opening Day
The State Fair of West Virginia August 2015
From Carol Reigh: “Had a great WV show with Sue Shoop. Pat McKinney, and Linda Tressler. Thanks Terese and family for all your hard work.”
Teri Conroy, Wunsapana Farm-Llamas & Artisan Lockspun Yarn
Viral Tassi Video, Wins & Wonderful Things Happening August 2015
“Phew, today was pick-up, pack-up, and clean-up at the Wool and Fiber Gallery at the Schoharie Sunshine Fair in Cobleskill. I deviate from the norm so much that I really never expect to win, so this year I was ecstatic! My little needle-felted Aslan also won the People’s Choice award! That’s when the public votes throughout fair week on their favorite item in the Gallery. (1st – Novelty yarn, BIS Yarn, 1st – Handspun (I handspun three different yarns) knitted item-that was my scarf, it also got Reserve Knitted Item and Best Original Design- I hate reading patterns, so I don’t use them anymore!!, 1st + People’s Choice – needle felted llama) — at Schoharie County Sunshine Fair.