Alpaca & Muscovy

Monthly Archives: January 2021

Vermin catcher at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

Well please look away if you are true all animal lover. Farms have rats its a fact and Squirrels are often referred to as tree rats .. I have to say I find them rather beautiful myself but it is incredibly sad that the Grey Squirrel has taken over and almost made the Red Squirrel extinct. 

We have a great Rat Catcher here and so we literally do not have Rats but unfortunately she occasionally gets into grief in her role..

on this occasion Cotswold Vets were fantastic with our emergency and our Rat Catcher is back on form after a day in their superb care! Phew!

She is a really big dog and extremely powerful so one day being fixed was nothing to her!

back out on farm and doing a full days work – bless!


It started with a Kiss at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

Sometimes you just have to laugh at a photo you have taken or why bother taking them?

I could not decide from this photo which was funnier – the fact that my gorgeous huge Llama has grown so much that she is nearly too tall for this particular field shelter.. or her lips after having her ADE Vitamins which made her lips pink..

not to mention in her background we see a Draught horse and beyond that Alpaca – so much in this photo to laugh at!

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone. 

Bright Futures at Kensmyth Alpaca, Clay Meadow

It is difficult to keep positive and it is great to reach out to friends far and wide in this Lockdown. I was so pleased to be able to keep in touch with our mares previous owner and she recently provided me with a photo of her with her Mother as a foal..

so exciting to see what colour Draught foal with what markings she will produce for us later this year but you can see the likeness.. the facial marking becoming smaller as she grew !

above she is a two year old but at rising 5 years she is pretty big now!

Dectomax considerations, Kensmyth Alpaca, Clay Meadow

I am often asked what we use for “mites in Alpaca” but the reality is that we simply do not get them due to not overcrowding and not using straw in the Field Shelters. The cria are barned with space with just a scattering of straw which they always manage to get in their fleeces but it is a known fact that straw carries mites.

However, I have and would always recommend Dectomax for those with Alpaca herds with mites prolific in them.. always check with your Vet because NO drugs are licenced for Alpaca in the UK.