Located in the rural community of Mexico, in central Missouri, our farm is comprised of two separate businesses: Binder's Hilltop Apple and Berry Farm and Mid Missouri Alpacas. Our first farming activity began in 1993 with the planting of 300 dwarf apple trees as a "u-pick" business. We planted another 300 in 1994 and the final 300 in 1995. In 1999, we began the second enterprise with the purchase of our first alpacas. Our herd has now risen to more than 50. To accommodate the growing needs of our businesses, we have erected several buildings on our property to house equipment and alpacas, and a farm store from which to sell our alpaca and farm products. A scenic pond, complete with a gaggle of geese, is located nearby.
SPECIAL PRICING AND OFFERS
In 1998, when I was 59 years young, my husband and I started raising alpacas. It is now 18 years later with a herd of 60 alpacas. I’ve reached the point where I need to reduce my herd by two-thirds. I have been a widow for two years and my children live 2 to 6 hours away, which means that I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like. Presently I have a 15-year-old that helps me out a couple of hours after school 5 days a week, but he can only be expected to do so much.
I was ill for a short time during the winter of 2015 and it was difficult doing chores as I just didn’t have the energy. It was a wake up call as I realized that if I ever had to be hospitalized I would be in hot water.
I love my animals and would like to find good homes for them. I am willing to consider any reasonable offer to sell several or sell a larger package. I would mentor any one interested in purchasing alpacas for the first time. All of my animals are registered. Their ages vary from 15 years to under 1 year. I have a number of males with fabulous fiber and they would make very good herdsires. Presently I have several females that are pregnant and due in mid June. I also have several more young ladies that need to be bred this spring for the first time.
You might ask, “What do you do with all that fiber?” I use every bit of fiber from my animals. I send 95 percent of it off to be made into products that I sell at my farm store. These products include mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, socks, blankets, trivets, batting, rug yarn, roving, sport weight, DK weight and Fingerling yarns. I rewash and permanently moth proof all the yarn that I have made. I have all my cria fiber made into yarn as it is so very soft. In my free time, during the winter months, I knit, spin, felt and weave. The orchard keeps me busy the rest of the time.
If anyone wants to buy a “turn key farm” with an orchard and alpacas and all the equipment, I might consider that too. The property includes a house of 4,980 square feet which includes the living area of the walk-out lower level which contains a large family room area, kitchen and full bath. Not included in that square footage is a sewing room, storage room, furnace room and a 2-1/2 car underground garage. I would consider a turn-key price of $715,000 for the house, barns, irrigated orchard with deep well, animals, equipment, all on 38 acres.
Interested parties are invited to contact me by e-mail with further questions they might have about the above offer.