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- Fancy Fiber Farm on Facebook
- Farm Update - 1,961 views
- Ethics - 1,453 views
- Some Free tools or sites that I find useful - 1,270 views
- Facebook new privacy settings - 1,205 views
- Cold weather and water - 1,141 views
- What to look for when breeding Alpacas - 1,026 views
- Compost series – Part I – The basics - 909 views
- Random thoughts about Customer Service - 848 views
- New findings from Alpaca Research Foundation - 790 views
- Social networking as a marketing tool - 781 views
Fancy Fiber Farm is going through some changes. Personal lives being what they are we have decided to sell all of the breeding animals, but are still attempting to get the mill up and going. We are very, close. I will post another update when it has come online.
We are attending the Clark County Fair end of this week and all of next week.. If you are in the area, we would love for you to stop by.
If you are interested in any of the breeding animals, they are going cheap. Make us an offer, we will probably take it.
We will still be in the business, focusing on fiber animals for the mill. However, we will have a lot of property and would be most interested in agisting animals for you as well. Let us know how we can help you out.
Hopefully in a few days will have some good news to report.
After sending off three of our alpacas that were sold yesterday, we come to find out that we very easily could have lost the sale to another breeder, who also happens to be the transporter. They offered to transport the alpacas for free if these people would buy from them instead of us. This isn’t a post to bash them for their sales technique, because they have a competitive advantage that I can’t provide right now. I have no issue with them using it on leads that they generate themselves. It just seems a little un-ethical to me to use your transport business to generate sales leads from your other customers.
I sometimes wonder if I am cut out to be a businessman because I would never even consider doing that to another breeder and maybe worse, I wouldn’t expect it to be done to me. When I am working with someone to provide a service, I expect they are going to provide that service, not attempt to steal my sale because they can provide that service. There are any number of other practices out there that can be done to steal a sale that I haven’t thought of, I’m sure. Is it unethical to try and sell your animals to a buyer using any means possible?
Fancy Fiber Farm does have a new policy though from this experience. The buyers do not get to contact the transporters before sale of the alpacas is complete, period. Even if that means it takes longer for the animals to get delivered. We will work with the transporters to get the best schedule, but the specifics of the customer with the transporter, not a chance.
What other types of sales practices should I be wary of? Talk back to me, please.
For an alpaca blog I sure do spend a lot of time on technical subjects, but I feel that is where I can provide the most benefit sometimes. I try to gear my technical posts to things that will benefit the alpaca breeder though. This post was inspired by a recent string of posts I saw on Facebook saying that Facebook was implementing changes the would allow the search engines access to your private posts unless you change a setting, and that Facebook was being sneaky in making this change.
Before the new privacy settings were implemented, anything that could be viewed by people not on your friend list was available to be indexed by the search engines. If you have ever looked up your name on Google, you probably know this already. If you haven’t, you should see what’s out there on you sometime. You may be surprised. But I digress. One of the new settings, the one being, lets say mentioned, in the posts will, when checked continue to allow the search engines the same access they had previously. Unchecking the box removes that access and provides additional privacy for your account. A good thing, mostly.
Work with me here when I say you may have reason to leave this box checked. You are an alpaca breeder. You are selling your alpacas t through your website. People find your website by searching for it. Search engines rank your site based on links referencing it, among many other things. You have your website listed in your personal settings on facebook, if you don’t now, you will shortly after reading this, right? Blocking the search engines from seeing you public information also blocks them from seeing that link to your website from one of the largest sites on the internet.
I shouldn’t even discuss the part about Facebook keeping it quiet about the change, but here I go anyway. Facebook widely advertised the changes to the new privacy settings. This one in particular may not have been called out, but since doing nothing changed nothing from what it was in the past, was there a need to bring attention to it? Keeping the search engines from seeing public information does not keep people from searching and seeing that same information on Facebook. It doesn’t make it less visible. The other privacy settings are where you need to spend some time and make sure you are only sharing what you think you are sharing. This is very important because Facebook has set your new default settings, if you didn’t change them when prompted, to share just about everything with everyone. You should also be aware that just because you aren’t posting everything, your friend might be, so your comments may be visible further than you expect.
And make sure your website link is viewable by Everyone. You want people to find your alpacas.
So, it’s that time of year already. Again, I wasn’t prepared for it and didn’t really expect it to be here so soon. The freezing cold weather has arrived. We are scrambling to keep the alpacas water fresh and not frozen. We were feeling pretty good about ourselves this summer with the new automatic water dispensers in the fields! The end to our constant buckets of water nightmare! Now the only problem with them is I couldn’t afford the heated version and we have frozen water. Of course since they have a much smaller bowl, the water in the freezes even quicker that in the buckets too! Right now we are back to the bucket method and changing water like 6 times a day just to be sure they have water and it hasn’t frozen too quickly. We are working on getting the heaters installed in a couple buckets too, that should help, but boy it just sneaked up on me this year. I figured January, maybe we would get this cold.
What does everybody else do in the freezing area to keep the animals water fresh and not frozen? Expensive heated water troughs? Many trips to the barn to keep the water refreshed? In tank heaters? Some combination of all of the above?