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 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 sell off my herd. I have been a widow for three 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 who 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.
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.
The main floor includes a large family room with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, a den off the family room with pocket doors, a kitchen with cherry cabinets with manmade stone countertops that are scratch resistant, an island with a butcher block countertop, a breakfast area with windows on three sides, a sun room, a bar area with cherry cabinets, a laundry room that has a door to the deck, a large formal dining room and a half bath. The main floor also has a large master bedroom with a walk-in closet and a bathroom that has a large shower and a jetted tub.
The second floor has a sitting/reading area, and three large bedrooms. Two of the bedrooms have their own vanities separated by a Jack-and-Jill bathroom with shower. The third bedroom has a walk-in-closet and its own bathroom which has a tub/shower.
The lower walkout level contains a large family room area with sliding doors to the outside and a large picture window, the commercial inspected kitchen also has a window over the 3-basin sink. Off the kitchen is the bath and pantry.
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, 2.5 acre irrigated U-Pick orchard with deep well, animals, equipment, all on 38 acres.
The farm has a number of buildings on it. A 40x60 foot Morton Building Alpaca barn with two automatic waterers, a 3-vehicle garage with automatic doors for equipment storage, an older hay barn at the corner of my property surrounded by pasture and the orchard. Near the house is a three-room produce building that has two show rooms, a sink with hot and cold running water and a bathroom that is handicap accessible. This building also has two wall heating and cooling units and a walk-in cooler used to store picked fruit. There are three other, smaller buildings that house the ducks and geese and guineas and a chicken house. There are woods to the west of the house and partial woods to both the north and south of the house. Thirteen acres of pasture are fenced on the perimeter with a 5-foot-high, no-climb horse fence. The inside pastures are fenced with woven wire or three strands of electric fencing.
Interested parties are invited to contact me by e-mail with further questions they might have about the above offer.