Alpaca & Muscovy

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Boys and baby bumps at Kensmyth Alpaca, Clay Meadow

I am always talking about halter training my Mum says at the moment but they are all going really well and I am pleased with them.

Just look at that baby bump – next is the foaling season closely followed by the Alpaca birthing season..






Birthday cards humour wins this year at Kensmyth Alpaca, Clay Meadow

well I had some fantastic gifts and cards for my birthday as well as the cake but this year the three favourite cards were from friends trying to remind me how old I am now.. but they forget I started going backwards several years ago when I started “unbirthdays” so I am quite young now LOL

I am having unbirthdays when I get cards like these lol.. amazing how many though, thanks to all.


Happy Easter to family, friends and clients at Kensmyth Alpaca, Clay Meadow

I was honoured to have so many people wish me a Happy Easter today, clients, family and friends all alike asked me what I planned to do.. brush a LLama I said. I find it very therapeutic and my little (well actually not very little at all) trio of Llama girls just love the brushing and attention.

Even Llama that supposedly do not need shearing need brushing on a regular basis so their fleece flows freely and does not become matted. . chopping off longer fleece is more normal than shearing but brushing is essential.

Happy Easter to everyone from all the livestock here at Kensmyth – now watch them roll LOL!


Weather for halter training in sunshine.. or snow at Kensmyth Alpaca

Halter training initially at approximately six months consists of halters on only and handling here at Kensmyth. However the further training starts about now when the 2020 cria approach 10 months to a year when they are happy in themselves, well over weaning and curious about life the other side of the fence. Pushing Alpaca too early will only result in livestock unwilling to co-operate, easily frightened and with issues thereafter.

Our problem is they are so friendly nothing bothers them now LOL

come on Mum – lets go!


Summer evenings at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

I love the evening feed time where the setting sun throws its dying rays across the backs of the Alpaca and makes their coats literally glow.

Heavily coated it will not be long before it is annual shearing time again..


Curly Coated Retrievers do moult at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

I am often asked if our Curly Coats “shed” or “moult” a lot.. the honest answer is no they do not if you regularly brush them making them ideal for asthmatics etc. They are an outstanding guard dog and “hold” the people at bay without letting them pass which at 45kg per dog is incredible but are also loving loyal woofers.

As these dogs do not moult/shed much, the Spring into Summer and Autumn into Winter coats have to be physically got out – no Dog groomers here only me LOL..

So on in the sunshine, the two season moult had to be got out and boy was I exhausted after – house needing clean up too as you can see..

Alpaca for sale at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

It is that time of year when we decide who to keep and who to sell. At this point we have two older white females for sale and four yearling females born in 2020. We also have two yearling males for sale:

The four yearlings are:

showing just two of the Dark Brown, Mid Brown, Dark Fawn and Light fawn girls available and two fleeces:

more details upon request.

Two yearling males available for sale – one white and one fawn:

friendly Alpaca all registered with the British Alpaca Society and microchipped

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