Alpaca & Muscovy

Monthly Archives: May 2017

Farming life is not always fun, flowers and sunshine

As we wait with anticipation for way, way overdue cria (Alpaca babies) to be born, life in farming is not always fun, flowers and hay making. If you are the kind of person who likes four holidays a year, nice fingernails, time out for yourself, hates mud or being cold, wants their meals on time (or even at all), needs their sleep and likes socialising – farming is not for you!!

we have been treating two cases here for a few days now and both have the potential for total recovery but both are serious issues requiring constant attention. if you are squeamish do not read on!

Firstly, (and it was not me that put them in this year) one of the Wensleydale lambs had an issue with an ear tag. It is just one of those things but if spotted really quickly, you can prevent (hopefully) long term damage to the ear and obviously treat it effectively quicker saving the lamb discomfort unnecessarily.

This little lamb had to have her tags removed, her haematoma opened and cleansed, being treated daily with antibiotics. She is well on the mend now…

   A personal thank you to my two friends who came out to hold her whilst I removed her ear tags and cut into her ear to release the fluid and again when the hole closed up due to a clot – draining being so important – you know who you are.

Well I did warn you that if you were squeamish not to read the post.

Great Expectations again at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow, Cirencester

We never tire of saying that we are expecting great things of our cria every year and this year is no exception… however patience is the name of the game with Alpaca because LMD’s (last mating dates) rarely mean anything and they will be born when they want to be – anytime of the day or night…

keeping you on permanent “birthing watch”… some of them find it amusing to watch us humans!

things creeping up on us at Clay Meadow

Well Time is one of those things in the Spring you simply do not have enough of – Kensmyth is no exception and let us just say that  little things have been creeping up on us that have needed severely dealing with…

some of them look pretty but they have nasty hooky stings… and I do not just mean the Creeping Thistle!

Kensmyth at Clay Meadow – permission for live video!

we have now received full permission for the live video of some of our boys to be shown on this site, for those of you who missed it…

we are really proud to be breeding Alpaca and of the condition of our livestock and farm – happy healthy Alpaca – not overstocked with plenty of grass and companionship – here is to the next ten years! !


Rainy days and Alpaca always make me smile

I have had so many people write to thank us for bringing attention to Alpaca and for making them smile, that I wanted to thank them here and show them how even on rainy days, the boys have fun…

here they are ready for the off!

Frosty dawns at Clay Meadow, Kensmyth Alpaca Farm

well who would expect a Frost on 10th May? really – what is the Jetstream doing to us now!

exciting times lie ahead for Kensmyth this year as we did some very brave colour matings and I have several girls now overdue… so its regular checking from the (yawn) earliest hours to the latest hours when they go onto CCTV.

for those who think Alpaca birth in the mid morning coffee break – guess again – mine had never read that book and as our Vets will confirm – have done every hour they felt like in a 24 hour period – usually just as you want to go to bed! Love them and so excited to see what colours we get this year!

Kensmyth on the BBC – Times front pages

As the celebrating of 10 years breeding continues, we see more of the popularity of Alpaca across the UK generally – there are now over 45,000 Alpaca in the UK – did you know that?


Not bad for a little quadruped only introduced into the UK just 17 years ago.