Our group of shorn juvenile females enjoys some green grass on late Sunday afternoon.
Mother Nature was toying with us yesterday on our last scheduled shearing day of 2013. I got back from dropping the boys off at school and pulled into the Arena’s parking lot here at the farm only to see snow . . . → Read More: They’re sexy and they know it
The fleece room at the CCNF Arena yesterday evening after the action. Each blanket was roughly skirted and then rolled up in brown paper for later processing and/or further skirting for show.
We just got through the first 2 of 3 days of shearing here. All told, we sheared some 140+ animals Wednesday and . . . → Read More: Shearing scenes
Some parts of each year are just like this. We of course try to be as proactive as possible about things both in our family life as well as with stuff pertaining to the animals in the herd (as if that were really separate) but ultimately there come moments — and suspiciously they seem to . . . → Read More: Tree dodging
Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there! Three quarters of the Lutz family (though oddly enough not the mother) at CCNF are spending the day recovering from the 3 day shearing juggernaut that finally came to a merciful conclusion around 5:30 yesterday afternoon. We ended up doing 66 critters on the final day, . . . → Read More: It’s the fleece, stupid!
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!
Funny isn’t it how back in early April we were so desperate for rain and it wouldn’t come, yet with two days to go before shearing we just got over 1.5″. To put that in perspective, had it been cold out that would have been the largest single snow fall of the winter of 2011/2012! . . . → Read More: Catching a break…
The really good news around here is that the cycle of seemingly endless dry weather finally went on hiatus while we were away at the Futurity a couple of weeks ago. The bad news though is that now that spring has decided to act like itself again, it is insisting on raining in the days . . . → Read More: Shearing prep
The photo at left is of two siblings sharing a midday nap in the sun, though in this case the siblings in question are not twins. Every good picture deserves a good story of sorts…
We owe much to our beloved female Opal. It’s not enough that after winning multiple Championships herself, including two at . . . → Read More: All they need is love…
Contessa and Opal's boys at play
Johanna's little girl strikes a pose
Jen, Kim, and Sam spent most of yesterday afternoon doing what will most likely be the final cria shearings of 2011. We’ve learned the hard way over the years that if we push that activity much past September 1st around here, . . . → Read More: Mommy, how could you let them do that to me?
With 12+ crias on the ground here, Jen and Kim have been starting to shear some little ones over the past several days. I know breeders have different ideas about when and how to shear their crias and for us it’s all really just based upon what we’ve experienced. Namely that by waiting until a . . . → Read More: Getting some first impressions