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Long Acres Alpaca Farm

Long Acres Alpaca Farm

At Long Acres Alpaca Farm, we manage a herd of over 100 huacaya alpacas and are involved in every aspect of their care and the farm in general. Sarah oversees the husbandry, breeding, and birthing; feeding; and day-to-day care of the animals. Mike manages the hay farming and pasture maintenance. We have lived almost exclusively in the rural parts of south central Pennsylvania, an area that prides itself in farming and agriculture. Growing up, the FFA was equally as important as the Business or College vocation and much cross learning between vocations took place during our formative years. We have borrowed livestock production models from our neighbors and applied many of those same principles to our alpaca herd. Our medical backgrounds and veterinarian experiences have created an easy transition into learning the uniqueness and similarities of raising and breeding alpacas. Our approach is to look at our alpaca program in terms of herd production and the development of the Long Acres Alpaca Farm Brand. Our mission is to breed the best quality females and elite males that will produce Champion offspring which are consistent across the herd, regardless of color. We strive to make our breeding decisions as predictable as possible by using numerous scientific measurements for our outcomes. As with most breeding herds in the US, Long Acres Alpaca Farm has embedded top quality genetics, including those from the 90s imports, as well as some of the important genetic crosses as a result of those imports. We maintained a closed herd for approximately 6 years during the years 2008 through 2013 in order to create, improve, and learn from our breeding program as evidenced by our show placements, fiber analysis, and fiber weights. Most recently we’ve been adding a few new to us genetics to continue the improvement within the herd. Ninety percent of our operation is in the commercial industry and we maintain a 10% interest in the artisan market with our smaller grey alpaca program. We breed for the best fleece possible, recognizing that fiber weight and consistency have infinite endpoints, thus our herd has become lighter in color over the years, yet the herd is well entrenched with black recessive genes. Our desire to create a consistent herd has placed us as one of the first to emerge as a production alpaca herd. With the many changes that are taking place in the US Alpaca Livestock and Industry today, we are poised to take advantage of the exciting hallmarks yet to come. With Sarah’s merit in mentoring, teaching, and animal husbandry, our business model focuses on the following opportunities for clients: Champion Breeding Stock Alpaca Sales and Fiber Animals Herd Management Business Development Specializing in Startup Farm and Livestock Operations We believe that before you decide on buying an alpaca from us, you need to have a workable business plan and have a solid foundation in herd management. Selling an alpaca any other way is not doing our job of providing you the tools you need to succeed, whatever path you decide, from fiber animals to gene pool production. And if you would like a farming experience, book our The Guest House of LAAF where you can stay and enjoy the fruits of our labor…oh and labor some yourself! The Guest House offers patrons the opportunity to learn about rural living, explore their inner artistic desires through classes, and shop for memories to take home.
Location: 9703 Blue Spring Road Mercersburg, PA 17236
Phone: 717.491.0036
Penn National Golf Club and Inn

Penn National Golf Club and Inn

36 Championship Holes of 4 Star Golf Two of the most Different, Challenging & Highly-Rated Courses in the Mid-Atlantic. Play us for the day, or "Stay & Play" on one of our All-Inclusive Golf Packages. Featuring 52 Guest Rooms, a 90 Seat Restaurant, located in the tranquil Amish Country of South-central PA. Easy Access from all major East Coast cities & Eastern Canada, only 20 miles from Gettysburg, 90 minutes from Baltimore and Washington DC, and just 3 hours from New York City.
Location: 3720 Club House Dr, Fayetteville, PA 17222
Phone: (717) 352-3000
Whitetail Ski Resort

Whitetail Ski Resort

Whitetail offers skiing and snowboarding on 23 trails. The mountain boasts a 935-foot vertical drop, six lifts, a halfpipe and two terrain parks. The resort has a western feel and is decidedly modern. All 23 trails are open to snowboarders along with two terrain parks and halfpipe for skiers and snowboarders.
Location: 13805 Blairs Valley Rd, Mercersburg, PA 17236
Phone: 717-328-9400
Whitetail Golf Course

Whitetail Golf Course

No Homes. No Freeways. No Noise. Experience PRISTINE Golf the way it was meant to be played. Whitetail is a beautiful 18 hole championship course that provides a unique golfing experience. Nestled between Mercersburg PA and Clear Spring MD, Whitetail is an hours drive from the beltways and just 45 minutes from Frederick MD. Owned by Peak Resorts LTD, Whitetail Golf is part of a 4-season resort that offers a diverse range of outdoor experiences; from golf to fly fishing; adventure camps for kids to hosting banquets, meetings and weddings. The winter sports offered by Whitetail Resort includes skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. History Construction began on our beautiful course during the summer of 1999 by the previous owners of Whitetail Ski Resort. Under the design guidance of course architect Rick Robbins, the natural topography was utilized to create both a challenging and scenic course sure to please golfers of all ability levels. Rick Robbins began his career in 1973 as a lead designer for Hagge & Devlin, Inc. As such, he played an important role in the design and development of many golf course communities. In 1986 he joined the golf course development team of Nicklaus / Sierra Development Corporation. In 1991, Rick formed his own company, Robbins & Associates. The course was completed and opened to golfers for the first time in May of 2001. In 2006, Snow Time, Inc. purchased the golf course and in 2010 construction began on a new clubhouse. Our brand new 9500 square foot Pro Shop and banquet facility opened its doors in April of 2011. Come spend the day with us for a round of golf, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. You will be glad you did!
Location: 11573 Blairs Valley Rd, Mercersburg, PA 17236
Phone: (717) 328-4169
Greencastle Golf Club

Greencastle Golf Club

Greencastle Golf Club is an 18-hole championship golf course nestled in the rolling hills of south central Pennsylvania. The Greencastle Golf Club is located 3.5 miles from Interstate 81 and 15 miles from Interstate 70, making the course easily accessible to golfers from Hagerstown, Chambersburg, Shippensburg, and even Frederick, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.
Location: 2000 Castlegreen Dr, ?Greencastle, PA 17225-8383
Phone: (717) 597 - 1188