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Outstanding Dreams Farm: A Maryland Alpaca Farm

Alpaca sales, breeding, farm tours & retail shop in Preston, MD

Phil & Vickie Liske
24480 Pinetown RDPreston, MD 21655
410-673-2002
410-829-2012, 410-829-4492
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Looking Forward

Farm Tours

Farm Tours

As we wrap up the celebration of our 10 Year Anniversary at Outstanding Dreams Farm, we feel what is most important is to be looking forward and planning for the future. Vickie and I are excited for the many things which lie ahead!

We are eagerly anticipating this year's crop of crias, including those produced by our newest herdsire, Blueridge Peruvian McCoy. Along with McCoy's contribution to our breeding program, we are also expecting crias produced from some other top performing males, including Jetson's Sir William, Snowmass XXtreme, A Paca Fun's Super Sonic, and A Paca Fun's Ridiculous. There are some shows we will be attending as well.

One of the best parts of our farm is hosting visitors and tour groups from all walks of life and many places. Our location is an easy drive from the major city areas of Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, and an afternoon or day trip is a pleasant journey to visit us here in Preston, Maryland. From bus tours to travel organizations, automobile and motorcycle groups, we enjoy sharing our friendly animals with guests and introducing them to the world of alpacas. Our gift shop continues to grow and add new products to provide customers with a unique shopping experience, including alpaca yarn made from our own animals. Give us a call to plan your visit to our little slice of heaven in Caroline County at 410-673-2002.


Sincerely,
Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm


Farm Store

Farm Store

Blueridge Peruvian McCoy

Blueridge Peruvian McCoy

Farm Festival

Farm Festival

Looking Forward

Looking Forward


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Alpaca Barn Construction 2014

Alpaca barn 2014

Alpaca barn 2014

Another milestone here at Outstanding Dreams Farm was the construction of our alpaca barn in 2014.
This had been a dream of ours from the beginning and we were finally able to build our barn in September of 2014.

What a big improvement this was over our scattering of run in sheds! While the run ins were functional, walking between all the various buildings in all sorts of weather was quite a chore. We hired a local contractor and were amazed to see how quickly worked progressed. We went from an empty field to a finished barn in under two weeks!

We love our new barn and enjoy spending time with our alpacas in there. This has made chores much easier and provides our alpacas with a safe secure shelter through anything Mother Nature dishes out.


Sincerely,
Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm
Supervisor Vickie

Supervisor Vickie

Pre construction

Pre construction

Construction

Construction


Thursday, October 26, 2017

First Herdsire Max

MFI Peruvian Maximization

MFI Peruvian Maximization

This story could also be titled "Love at first sight."

We had only been in the business for about two years and were attending a seminar at a large breeding operation. We spotted this incredible looking alpaca walking in the distance and were immediately drawn to him. I told Vickie right there and then, "I don't know who he is, but I want to breed our girls to him."

We did some inquiring and found out that his name was MFI Peruvian Maximization and arranged for a breeding. We came to know his owners and found out that Max was owned by a partnership of three farms and one of the farms was retiring. We jumped at the opportunity to buy into the partnership and the rest as they say, is history!

Max has been one of the mainstays of our breeding program and has sired many ribbon winning crias for us and our clients. He's getting a little older now, but we still give him an occasional date with the ladies as he possesses wonderful fleece qualities which he passes on to his offspring.

Sincerely,
Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm
1st time we saw Max

1st time we saw Max


Monday, October 23, 2017

Crown's Jewel at Nationals 2014

Nationals 2014

Nationals 2014

One of the highlights of our memories from the last ten years was having our alpaca, Crown's Jewel win at Nationals in 2014. We had never attended Nationals before as for the most part, it was held many hours away, however that year they were being held in nearby Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Count us in!

We felt it was important to only bring our very best to this show as you really are competing against the best alpacas in the country here. Having said that, we only brought one entry, Crown's Jewel. My heart was in my throat as we entered the ring! Looking around me I noticed we were competing with some of the most well know farms in the country. I thought to myself "We don't stand a chance."

I was literally shocked when after assessing the animals the judge pointed to us for first place. I actually turned around to see if she was pointing to someone behind me! Needless to say, this was an emotional victory for us. Having worked so hard for so long and to finally win at the highest level was an amazing experience! What made this victory even sweeter was having so many of our friends there watching the class and erupting into cheers when we were awarded the Blue Ribbon. We've gone on to many other wins since then, but for me, none will compare to this moment.



Sincerely,
Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm



Sunday, October 22, 2017

About our Gift Shop

Our Farm Store Gift Shop started out with humble beginnings! In 2008 we basically had a couple of display tables and few items in our then unfinished garage. We needed to be convinced there was an adequate demand for alpaca products before giving up our garage space and making the investment to convert the space into a Farm Store.

During that first winter when people would visit the shop you could literally see your breath in there! I don't know if perhaps the cold helped motivate people to buy the warm, comfy alpaca clothing, but buy it they did! As customers kept coming in to our shop we began to realize that the demand was real and growing. Feedback received from our customers was overwhelmingly positive - that people didn't just like this stuff, they loved it.

We soon converted our garage into an actual Farm Store & Gift Shop which now offers a wide array of wonderful alpaca clothing, accessories, rugs, blankets, children's toys, socks and more. One of our favorite sections is the yarn which is made from our own alpacas and processed right here in Maryland.

We continue to expand our selection of unique, handcrafted and unusual items in order to provide an exceptional shopping experience for our guests. Come visit us to find quality alpaca products, and then be sure and stop by to meet the animals. After all, they are the ones that actually produce the fiber for many of these items!


Sincerely,
Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fleece Prep

Vickie Skirting a Fleece

Vickie Skirting a Fleece

My partner in crime, Vickie hard at work cleaning a fleece in preparation to be sent to a local fiber mill to be processed into yarn. This is referred to as "skirting" a fleece and doing so properly ensures having nice clean yarn to offer our customers. Vickie excels at this and is meticulous in cleaning our fleeces.
All of the yarn we offer in our store is from our own alpacas and is processed locally.
"Maryland Made"

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rebel's Rebellion joins our herd

We'd like to introduce the newest member of our herd, Rebel's Rebellion.
Rebellion is another carbon copy of his mom, Anticipation Annie and his full sister, Annie's Minnie Me.
We seem to have found the right combination to produce the pinto pattern by breeding Anticipation Annie to Clear Mountain's Painted Rebel.
We really like the unique pattern of these alpacas and hope you do too!
Rebel-Dad

Rebel-Dad


Sunday, October 8, 2017

First Show

First Show
Another memory I’d like to share is that of our first show. We entered the Virginia Classic Alpaca and Llama Show in 2008. We just brought two boys, Havana Smoke and Ice Man. Having attended a couple shows as spectators, we had a general idea of what to do but no real experience.
What a way to start! Smoke was the first to go into the ring and was, to put it mildly, quite a handful. He was a very nervous, high strung animal and combined with my inexperience and nervousness, this was a recipe for disaster! Sure enough, as the judge went to examine him he went ballistic. He reared up, catching me in the chest and pushed me half way across the ring before I got control of him. Again and again the judge patiently tried to examine him and the ring steward jumped in to help. Finally we succeeded and the judge moved on. Oh joy, I thought my heart was going to explode! We did end up placing fifth I think, so at least we got a ribbon for our efforts.
Next came Iceman who was much easier to handle. This went very well and he got a fourth place ribbon.
We survived our first show!
Since then, we have caught the “Show Bug” and have competed much more successfully at many shows over the years. (More on that later!)
It’s a good thing I’m a stubborn, determined person and have taught myself better handling skills.
I still get nervous and excited when we show, but am no longer intimidated by even the most difficult animals.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Our first cria at Outstanding Dreams Farm- 2008

Anticipation Annie at birth

Anticipation Annie at birth

How well I remember this day! Nervous doesn't begin to describe my feelings. I remember watching her mom, Outstanding Omen going into labor and wondering what to do. I had read all about this, but until you're actually in the moment, you have no idea how this feels. I literally had the alpaca neonatal book in one hand and my cell phone with the vet in the other!

The vet told me to just calm down, grab a chair, and Mother Nature will take care of everything.
Well, not so much. The head and feet came just fine, but then the cria was stuck. I called the vet again and she told me "Your going to have to pull it out."

"WHAT? I'm going to have to what? " Holy crap, nobody told me I was going to have to this! Okay, I can handle this. I followed her directions, grabbed the crias legs close to her body and pulled away from Mom down and at an angle. Mom is squealing and I'm pulling and cussin' up a storm! I got the elbows out and let me tell you, that little sucker shot out of there like a cannon! I'm covered in "bodily fluids" and thinking "What the heck have I got myself into?"

Everything actually went quite well after that. The cria was up and nursing in no time. In a day or two she was out running laps around the pasture. Anticipation Annie went on to a very successful show career and has since given us several beautiful crias, our favorites being Fancy Pants and Minnie Me two beautiful patterned females. Annie is actually due to deliver a full sibling to Minnie Me any day as of this writing. All of our alpacas are special, but Annie is especially special!
I can fly!

I can fly!

PAOBA 2009-Blue

PAOBA 2009-Blue

Annie's Fancy Pants cria

Annie's Fancy Pants cria

Annie's Minnie Me cria

Annie's Minnie Me cria


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Our 9th Annual Alpaca Festival

September 16th and 17th marked our 9th Annual Alpaca Festival and Open House at Outstanding Dreams Farm.
We were pleased to welcome hundreds of guests to our farm and even had a local television station come out to cover the festival!
The festival featured alpacas, our farm store, food and craft vendors, fiber arts demonstrations,children's activities and much more.
Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the support we received from our community,as well as our family and friends that volunteered to help make this possible!