Alpaca & Muscovy

Monthly Archives: February 2016

British Alpaca Society National Silver Sponsors – Show next week end

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I just want to thank the Team at the British Alpaca Society National 2016 show this year for being so patient with us… why?

Kensmyth are Silver Sponsors (as per last year) but have yet to actually make it to the National with our stand due to “things that happen the weeks before”.
No, we do not exhibit our Alpaca (we rely on experience and fibre stats to show us we are on track with our genetics) but we have booked tickets to the gala dinner, booked into a hotel and hoping to get there this year… subject to University interviews in the preceding days… we will get there this year somehow!
With a team in place to care for the Alpaca at home and farm, all should be well despite Mothers Day and other “things” which happen to the best of us!
It is difficult to do the management of a show as big as this and organisation of space is key – so I want to thank those involved with organisation as it has been especially challenging this year and wish all an immensely successful show regardless.
Bring it on!
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Work experience at Kensmyth half term 2016

with half term gone and Easter looming, its all systems go to be ready. we have had numerous work experience students and Vet students here but this half term it was Jacobs turn. He really enjoyed learning about the Alpaca and our exceptional Biosecurity. It is easy to explain how the land is grazed with the 8ft lanes between the paddocks keeping the groups separate. these are ONLY grazed by the adjacent field ever and only when the paddock next to it is empty and being rested. our rotation system is fun and the cria tucked in when Jacob let them straight onto the “lane”

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well done Jacob and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Cirencester Corn Hall Kensmyth busy busy busy

Well its crazy manic as usual and I have been accused of being quiet on the Kensmyth blog. well, I can only say that we have been busy with new Alpaca product lines, our stand at the Corn Hall and half term…

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the day before Valentines is always romantic and with our ground here too wet to commence Alpaca walking just yet (booked ones forwarded in the diary) we had a fantastic day at the Corn Hall on 13th Feb.

our new product lines flew out of the door and we took numerous bookings for walks once we reopen on April 1st … no, not a Fools. We respect the ground here as it has to work for everybody and be safe.

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Cria fleeces 2016 – marvellous

with the recent rainy weather we have been catching up with some husbandry ADE injections, toenails and fleece assessments … really pleased with the weanlings fleeces. Some were great within weeks of birth but they have to keep the crimp coming and the standard up beyond weaning and onwards to be considered for future stud males. Fineness is critical… we are really pleased with this boy in particular…

what these photos show are flank, shoulder, rump, head etc – all with excellent crimp all over the boy!

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Driving Test pass first time

so much to catch up on but BIG congratulations to Mitchell for passing his driving test first time…

well I had to put up a photo of when he was young and cute didn’t I??

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Sports Relief 2016 Alpaca Mugs

we have been absolutely crazy mud and rain manic and will catch up soon… meantime we have our lovely Alpaca Mugs on our shelves, courtesy of Sports Relief 2016… simply stunning and donating at the same time…

Alpaca are so popular now they are everywhere!

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Fox Guards available for lambing season 2016


Alpaca are renowned for their guarding capabilities and protecting lambs. They walk towards the “predator”, make a loud noise, enough usually for the most persistent fox/crow etc.They also protect and keep company orphans.

Shorn annually providing excellent quality fleece, paddock grazers.

Kensmyth Stud have available castrated male Alpaca for sale ready for this job – and of course your enjoyment of their company and fleece too!

Biosecure, Closed herd, stock available all year round.

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Used on farm for Alpaca walking (note they walk within farm ring fence only) with visitors, these  are now for sale.

Castrated males, rising 3 years, one black and one fawn available now – sensible price to genuine home. Delivery within 40 mile radius can be arranged.

Please note these are halter trained, castrated and trailer trained as well.

Please view Alpaca Walking on to see them in action with visitors to our Alpaca farm. Tel: 07799700587

Its February – stop and think for a moment…

A thought for February 2016. As I welcomed February 2016 in the early hours out in the wind and light rain, I thought who really knows what is going on in the life of someone they seek to hurt other than that which obsesses them at that point?

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