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Llama and Colt guards at Kensmyth Alpaca, Clay Meadow

Alpaca and Llama are well known for their guarding instincts but small miniature colts are often underestimated for their guarding ability..

Our miniature colts not only graze the lanes between the Alpaca and Llama fields but also guard the pregnant Draught mares too

Beautiful – even in the mud!

ADE Paste in Camelids, Kensmyth Alpaca & Llama, Clay Meadow

Here at Kensmyth we inject our entire herd of Alpaca with ADE vitamins through the Winter months. Some folk use Paste and we use this with our Llama as this is what they were used from birth.  Subcutaneous injection releases the vitamins and minerals over a period of time and paste is a “one hit” instant but each herd uses its own best methods. I use both intermittently. Some folk seem to have trouble getting Camelids to accept paste in feed where they do not insert into their mouths. We use both methods and I thought I would share my non mouth insertion method with you all for those who havent thought of this method. It works with horses for worming paste too. The caveat to this is that my darling Llama actually love this paste but the principle works if yours do not LOL

purchase your Camelid ADE paste in plenty of time and have time on your hands for this method.

 

put some feed into a small bucket which hangs onto a pen fence which is a small pen for a single Camelid – then add the amount of paste required for an individual Camelid

mix this well into the feed (using feed you normally use of course) and hang bucket on fence. 

leaving the rest of the group/herd adjacent so the individual is reassured they are there.. let ONE camelid into the small pen and leave to eat the feed.

sometimes it will take a little while for them to cotton on but you must stay adjacent meantime to ensure all happy. After initial look and smell, your Camelid will usually gobble up the feed with paste in it (it tastes nice) and feel super special for their individual treatment. DO NOT leave Camelids with feed buckets in one place together because one Camelid will scoff the lot. 

Here are my beautiful Llama enjoying Mummy time and their ADE paste, one by one..

This lady is licking her lips which look like they have strawberry lipstick on them because the paste is red.

Good luck but be patient, my Llama take a very short time because they love it and the individual attention but your Camelids might take longer.

Best to only do this with Llama as the focus of that time with them and do it straight away once penned. 

 

Hot food ideas at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow Alpaca

Making good use of left overs is our Farmers forte here at Kensmyth Alpaca. Take your last few potatoes that are not enough for the whole family meal, your last few carrots (not donated to rare breed horses) and the last of a packet of frozen peas (defrosted) with the last of the family roast (beef/chicken/pork)..

dice it and add spices to taste and some gravy in a homemade pastry and bingo – Anything Pie At Kensmyth – cheap and cheerful with crusty bread to mop up the excess gravy

keeping you warm and saving money at Kensmyth!

Happy Birthday and to Guy Fawkes too

it is the “birthday” of Guy Fawkes and we should all remember our livestock in the fields and take care when setting off Fireworks at all times. Meantime, it is also the 50th birthday of someone I know well today so no fireworks, only roses to celebrate – Happy Birthday to you.

Castrating Alpaca or horses at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

This post contains graphic photos of castration below of a horse being gelded/castrated. WARNING

Now the frosts have started it is time to consider who to castrate. Those not being used for breeding should be castrated as they can go on to other jobs. Alpaca are castrated either under sedation standing (we do not recommend this method for Alpaca) like horses or fully under anaesthetic which is what we would recommend. 

The cuts are left open to drain and wet muddy conditions are therefore not ideal but cold prevents fly strike. whatever weather – remember it is an open wound so care and attention is required. It should also be noted that male hormones do not subside for at least 3 – 6 months in Alpaca (less in horses) and that succesful mating can still occur in up to 8 weeks following castration. Graphic photos follow of horse castration done standing. 

horse cleansed thoroughly and area anaesthetised by injection 

incision made to release one testicle which is then cut off by emasticulators which are then used to clamp to prevent further blood flow (done on both so procedure repeated)

method repeated until two testicles cleanly removed

open wounds left to drain and heal naturally – hence need for no Fly Strike weather blood should be washed off legs if possible but not wound areas

All livestock castrated should be kept under close observation for possible infection and/or fly strike regardless of weather conditions. Movement is encouraged and necessary to prevent swelling.

wherever possible take temperatures which when raised will indicate possible infection.

All castrated livestock will be given antibiotics at time of castration and pain relief. 

Alpaca November 2020 at Kensmyth, it is their time

Alpaca come from colder climes and the frosts starting in November give the Alpaca a mental boost as they generally hate the wet and love the cold. Do not forget they need their ADE vitamins now though.

Welcome November 2020 – it is Alpaca time!