Keeping Up With Long Island Livestock (or trying to…) From Farm To Fashion Summer 2016

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.”

Raising llamas is not especially labor-intensive, as they tend to be cooperative, undemanding animals that use a communal dung pile.

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.”

The heyday of raising llamas came during the 1970s and ’80s, when having the animals was something of a craze.

“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.”

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!”

Niki Anderson Kuklenski Wraps Spring — Summer 2016 Cayetano Shines as Multi-tasking Llama Pack Trials, Hiking, Therapy, 22 Grand Champion Halter Wins

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.”

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

Sue Shoop’s Eskalero boy, Elliott, wins Composite Award. Combination of placings in halter and fleece.

“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. Bodnykclick this link.

PLAA Presence At Annual Ag Progress Days Pennsylvania State University August 16-18, 2016 Anita Collins Ph.D. Attends

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.
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