14938 Centerburg Rd
Sunbury, OH 43074
- One-on-one mentorship
- An opportunity to show at the local county or state fair
- An opportunity for a 4-H or FFA club to meet at my farm
- An opportunity to show an alpaca at an AOA show or participate in the Youth Judging program
I have been a 4-H advisor and the Delaware County Fair, Ohio, Llama & Alpaca Department Head for 15 years. I am also a public school paraprofessional.
Alpaca 4-H Leasing Soft Hearts Alpaca Farm, leases alpacas to 4-H members from May 1 to September 30 (153 days) for $1 a day. We can also assist you with leasing a llama from another advisor.
Boarding at our farm is an additional $1 a day. If you care for the animal on your farm, you must provide hay, feed, shelter and health needs (toenail trimming, worming when needed, and other regular needs) according to our standards. Alpacas are herd animals, so there must be at least two on your property.
Animals boarded at Soft Hearts should be worked with for about an hour at least twice a week. During the summer, training will be scheduled early in the morning (6AM - 9AM) or late (7PM - 9PM) in the evening. No training will occur in temperatures over 85F. Performance training will not happen over 80F. Training at our farm 3 times a week is included in the boarding fee.
Soft Hearts Alpacas are shown at the Ohio State Fair, Hartford Fair and the Delaware County Fair. Show fees are the responsibility of the exhibitor. Ms Bergmann will assist with transportation. Show participation is subject to an alpaca owner’s permission.
Alpacas are trained for Showmanship, Obstacle, Pack, Public Relations and Costume classes. Clinics will be given over the summer to help exhibitors prepare and train for competition.
Ohio’s Equine Activity Statute is found in the Ohio Revised Code 2305.321. In Ohio, zebras and alpacas qualify as “equines” under this statute. This statute states:[A]n equine activity sponsor, equine activity participant, equine professional, veterinarian, farrier, or other person is not liable in damages in a tort or other civil action for harm that an equine activity participant allegedly sustains during an equine activity and that results from an inherent risk of an equine activity.
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