After 21 fulfilling years in this wonderful American Alpaca Industry filled
with such diverse, interesting, and entrepreneurial people, Magical Farms is
retiring. Jerry and Libby are enjoying much more time in Florida, happy and
healthy, trading in the the clouds of Ohio's winter for the steady Gulf breeze
and the shade of palm trees. However, don't be surprised to see Jerry continue
to attend alpaca shows, as the animals, the people, and the excitement of the
industry are something we're sure he can never fully get away from.
have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the American Alpaca Industry's Marketing
and Registry efforts from the early days of AOBA and ARI, through such
significant events as Registry Closure, the building of both entities into
strong and internationally respected Breed Organizations, all the way through
the recent Merger into the streamlined Alpaca Owners Association.
enjoyed the evolution of the Show system, from some of the early shows which
took place under a single tent in a breeder's pasture, to the vibrant, highly
competitive, and incredibly well-run shows of today that showcase huge numbers
of animals and fleeces from all across the country. What a fantastic
We have seen the fiber market advance from the early days
with hand-shears unsure of how best to "just get the fiber off" and then
wondering what to do with it, to a highly sophisticated and scientifically
verified shearing process with a fiber market that includes a broad range of
opportunities from the cottage market, to the burgeoning mini-mills, to the
co-operative models, to selling highly regarded American Fiber directly into the
Lastly, and most importantly, we have enjoyed the
people in this industry, the alpacas, and the day-to-day operations of our Ohio
home. The Magical Farms herd quality, density, conformation, and even color range has
advanced dramatically in the 21 years we have cared for and bred these treasured
animals; while at the same time their gentle curiosity, calming nature, and
intelligent inquisitive glances out of those oversized eyes have not changed one
bit. We feel blessed to have had alpacas as a part of our lives, and can only
hope that in their own way they have felt the same about us.
Participating in all of these on-Farm and Industry moments through the day to
day stewardship of the Farm and the Magical herd, regular participation in the
shows, as well as the many hours of Board Membership, Committee Participation,
and Volunteerism have instilled in us a deep admiration and appreciation of the
alpaca, this industry, and the creativity and passions of the people who care
for these animals. We would like to say Thank You, it has been an incredible 21
At Magical Farms we feel very strongly about the American Alpaca Industry
and for 21 years we made it our priority to participate
We participated with countless hours in both volunteer and elected
positions in the Industry's National organizations including the BOD of
AOBA (the Alpaca Owners and Breeder's Association) and ARI (the Alpaca
We participated in and contributed to many of the Alpaca Industry's
We participated in, and in the case of the AOBA sale donated to, the
Industry's auctions and sales.
We worked with, and in the case of the AFCNA have donated to, many of
the burgeoning alpaca fiber mills and cooperatives.
We participated in many of the Industry's continuing education
opportunities and contributed back by offering seminars (many of them for
the year at our farm.
We both participated in, and contributed to via regular sponsorships,
the alpaca show system.
Libby, Tripp and Ty Forstner
Litchfield, Ohio, USA | (330)
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