Day 1 of shearing 2012 is in the books and we ended up doing a nice round 70 alpacas today. Only 137 to go!
Below is the video I shot this morning of Futurity Judges’ Choice winner, CCNF Elixir, getting shorn. Minus a blip just before the blanket gets finished it’s pretty much start to . . . → Read More: Elixir gets naked!
So I confess that posting this was mostly an excuse to try the new Youtube plugin that Terry Miller helped me install the other day. Hopefully more heady material will follow in the days and months to come. Nonetheless as the footage below can attest, our Toyota Prius — which we originally bought post-Katrina because . . . → Read More: We don’t need no stinkin’ 30′ trailer…we’ve got a Prius!
Days like today on the farm quite literally make you happy to be alive! Perhaps it’s partly still the affect of post-shearing euphoria — as in “naya, naya, naya: we don’t have to do that again for 12 months” — but with the birds making their spring symphony, a wonderful breeze, 60 degrees, and nary . . . → Read More: Let loose the (formerly fuzzy, now mostly naked) hounds!
Warning: this has ZERO alpaca content. This is what happens on vacation when you repeatedly take 9 and 12 year olds out to lunch with little more than their mother’s digital camera and a few hampster-shaped erasers. Though their father is grateful for the opportunity to further his video editing “skills” I don’t think Pixar . . . → Read More: And now for something completely different.
Yes, the rumors are true! We deny our animals so much that they are forced to eat snow to sustain themselves. Why would one want water out of a nicely heated Nelson waterer after all when you can chomp on the fluffy white stuff instead? Now if only they could drizzle some maple syrup on . . . → Read More: Deprived alpacas
So it may or may not take a village in the end but apparently the visiting females (all but 1 of whom have never had a cria of their own before) at the Main Barn certainly seemed to feel that this birthing thing required some serious and close supervision. The laboring female in question by . . . → Read More: What IS that thing hanging out of your rear end????