Since 1991, the Miller family has been enthusiastically involved in everything "llama."
Our little farm began when, as a young 4-Her, Cassie wanted to try something different as a project. Win came across an offering by a local llama farmer that allowed kids to come to her farm and work with her llamas, and, after many lessons, show those llamas that the kids worked with at the county and state fair. One "llama class," and Cassie and Win were hooked.
Over the next few years, Win's parents' farm in Iowa Falls, Iowa, became the original Maplewood II Llama farm. Our small herd of 3 boys quickly grew to add a number of females, and a year later, a few cria!
Many hours were spent cleaning stalls, grooming, training, and preparing for shows. Cassie and Win shared their love of llamas with anyone who would listen, and allowed many 4-H kids to use their llamas as projects.
Karen, always a huge supporter of Cassie and Win, got involved by offering her clerical experience to the shows in the area, eventually becoming Superintendent of the Iowa State Fair llama show, the Heartland Llama Show, and working for various other shows around the Midwest.
Fast forward to now, and our little farm is located near Ackley, Iowa, and is owned and operated by Rick and Cassie Heetland. Our modest herd of 21 llamas keeps us busy, with Karen and Win always willing to help where needed.