I can often measure the hormonal maturation process of our yearling males anecdotally, just by looking out of my office window. In the spring, when those feed groups of young boys (we usually have at least 2 different ones) are still just approaching their respective 1st birthdays, there is of course the odd jostling here . . . → Read More: Lonely boys…
While we had hoped to try grafting our orphaned premie, Tinkerbell, onto the next experienced female that gave birth here anyway, sometimes a situation presents itself that is just too good to be true. Not that there wasn’t a dark side to this latest occurrence: Fawn Angel, who has been a part of our herd . . . → Read More: Tinkerbell gets a new mommy
I’ve always had to remind myself to enjoy the calm whenever it is present this time of year. So often we are just dodging the proverbial trees throughout our summer birthing season, and this past week was a perfect example. Just 8 days ago we had a little dismature female born to our female, Alexandra. . . . → Read More: Oh, baby!
It’s all good in the end: CCNF La Vie en Rose and her new little girl share a quiet moment last night.
We had our first cria of 2013 born on Tuesday morning, though not without some drama. Oh no, wouldn’t want the first birth in almost 6 months to be routine and easy. . . . → Read More: Welcome little one…
The apple blossoms in the old orchard below our house are starting to do their thing!
It finally *%$#*# rained! Whether you grow vegetables for a living like our farmer friends Kathy Bennett (also our boys’ live saving dyslexia tutor) and her husband Alex MacLennan down the road, milk cows, make hay, or raise . . . → Read More: And on the 8th day of May…
With the the entire crew here lending a hand this past Monday, we made short work of herd health day. Though I had to take off around 2PM to fetch the kiddos from school, by the time I returned it was all done. Done! Though I can’t seem to put my finger on it exactly, . . . → Read More: Moving into launch position
The first batch of 2012 crias that were born back in May have now all been weaned and moved down from the Arena. As such, the Main Barn is temporally a bit of a whiney place again as the newly arrived weaners adapt to life without their dams. In our experience some are pretty much . . . → Read More: Weaning gets under way.
With our return home this past Sunday evening from the Vermont show, we concluded four straight weekends of alpaca events. Though fun throughout, the last three weekends have involved Jen and I being away from home three days of each week and sleeping in hotel beds of variable quality. At least Sam and Max were . . . → Read More: Taking stock
Having unloaded the trailer from Syracuse show last night and gotten the show animals back into their pens by 9:15 or so, yours truly was home for all of 10 hours before heading back onto the road earlier today to bring Cameron back to our partner’s farm (Emelise Alpacas) in NJ. Oh, woe is you . . . → Read More: On the road again (and again)
The large group of females on the outer paddocks atop the farm came back into the Arena today, another sure sign that the days are getting shorter and colder weather is upon us. That feed group, which starts outside for the first time in the late spring just after shearing, was originally as many as . . . → Read More: Farm shift