Did you know that Brenda and Ray Danielson raise and sell alpaca products at their farm north of Belleville?
They are located between Republic and Belleville and not far off the “Republic black top”. It would be a great stop between the Pawnee Indian Village Museum and HWY 81.
Raymond & Brenda Danielson
1880 130 Road Belleville, KS 66935
Photos from Kansas Alpaca Association – www.facebook.com/pg/Kansas-Alpaca-Association-634393789919122/
The Danielsons just hosted an open house at the farm this summer. You can listen to the radio interview with Toby Nosker and NCK Today here –http://www.ncktoday.com/articles/local/2017-08-11-anvil-alpacas-farm-north-of-belleville-to-hold-an-open-house-this-weekend?
By Toby Nosker
KNCK News Director
The Anvil Alpacas farm operated by Ray and Brenda Danielson will hold an open house Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th from 10 am to 6 pm each day.
When you stop by their location at 1880 130th Road north of Belleville, you’ll be able to learn about alpacas, as well as have the opportunity to feed an alpaca and pet the new babies. They’ll also show items made from alpaca fleece, such as yarn, hats, mittens, scarves and rugs.
Brenda tells KNCK News more about their farm.
Here’s an excerpt from their Alpaca Nation website – http://anvilalpacas.alpacanation.com/about.aspx
We would like to tell you a little about us. We have owned alpacas since 2004 and have learned quite a lot about these wonderful, captivating, endearing creatures. We can not imagine our life without these charming animals. AND, WE NOW HAVE A FARM STORE! We love to talk about alpacas.
We live on a farm that has been in the family for three generations. Our alpacas reside in their pens on the hill behind our house, surrounded by five-foot, woven wire fence for their safety. We raise our own hay for our alpacas to eat, when they can not enjoy the freedom of their pastures. Our hay is tested every year so we can keep close watch on the nutritional value.
Being a small alpaca farm, we each work with each alpaca every day, hence our slogan. They learn to accept being handled, petted and touched by humans. We start halter training and foot-lifting practice early in their lives, so it becomes a natural thing for them to do, and they know it is something that is expected of them.
All of our alpacas have tested BVDV negative and all crias are blood-tested shortly after birth. To date, all results are negative. We weigh our new crias daily to make sure they are gaining the one quarter to one half pound of weight needed per day for the first few weeks of their new lives. We monitor the health of all the alpacas in our herd, watching for any signs of ill-health and keeping detailed records.
We provide advice and support before and after any sale. If we don’t know the answer to your question, we will find someone who does. We value the friendships we have made with other alpaca breeders and often consult with others to decide the best way to handle a new situation that we may not have encountered before.
Being a small breeder, we don’t breed for any particular color — we like all colors. One of our goals may be to have an alpaca of every color listed on the Alpaca Registry Fiber Color Chart living on our farm at one time.