Alpaca & Muscovy

Helen Kendall Smith

Alpaca herd software

Alpaca herd software.

Extensively used for recording all husbandry with your herd.

From toenail cutting, ear taggin, registry records, mating dates, birthing dates, LMD’s, shearing, innoculations, observations – you name it – there should be one for it!

But which one? What do you use?

There are a number of products out there and I am currently very unsatisfied with the one I use as it does not have the functionality I require.

Please let me know what you are using and what you recommend/do not recommend about it.

This could be very useful for all.

Alpaca birthing imminent

wow – its been a very busy 6 days since I last blogged. We have been busy with preparing for imminent births, imminent shearing and imminent rain!

topping, poovering, spraying all done and ready as we could be for the rain.

Here is a brief reminder of last year…

bring it on!

Alpaca Ivomec

wow – its May. Where did the first part of 2014 go?

our first female due to give birth on her 11.5 month last mating date is now two weeks overdue already and looks like the Michelin man! Bless!

its full on with spraying inbetween bouts of wet weather at the moment.

Few non farming folk realise that spraying cannot be done in the “too hot or too wet or too windy” phases of life. So trying to keep the nettles/thistles/buttercups to an acceptible or neglible level is even more difficult in the current weather conditions!

Bit like mating really – Alpaca dont when its too hot and slide off when its too wet!

likewise, the warm wet weather is bringing out the critters from midges to bumbles in force.

So IVOMEC jabs for the entire herd are a must – prevention rather than cure is the way forward sometimes when weather conditions are uncertain for a few weeks.

Galloping towards shearing now with the barns all clear for the girls

and hurdle pens ready for the boys!

my highlight this week was catching the cria in colour sequence when eating

with halter training and feet pick up training, spraying and strimming …

Strimming areas which need collecting with the G23 – not to be field tidy but because it will get in the soon to be shorn fleeces otherwise!

The funeral is next week and thank you to those of you writing in with your kind thoughts to the family.

Alpaca fleece and mating

humble apologies for so long since our last blog but sadly there was a very sudden death in the family and life goes on regardless in farming…

more matings

and watching the leaflife whilst mating…

and rummaging through fleeces in preparation for shearing…

and I cannot believe it is nearly May!

Alpaca beauty and parent Alpaca

sometimes we forget about the beauty all around us

we can never underestimate the power of love of a parent and in the countryside around us …

we can see it in so many ways…

Alpaca Events, wooden Alpaca

well it was also the turn of the wood this week end with a couple of little jobs needing doing to ensure safe Alpaca Events this year!

the Jetty was in a poor state after the floods and needed total refurbishment:

The Before!

the after!

and as he had saw and plane in his hand, hubby finally managed to finish my Alpaca wooden head. Bless.

You may recall when a neighbouring farms tree fell in the winter storms, I spotted that the rot in the neighbours tree looked like an Alpaca… well here it is varnished!

the before…

and the after…

you can sure see it now!

skirting Alpaca fleeces Alpaca

well more skirting fleeces in the rainy weather.

With the farm build and move, I had to store two years fleeces and do them in one lot

– it totalled some 45 fleeces to skirt and pick and numerous to keep and store for show – including the show winning ones and cria fleeces.

I had totally lost the will to live by the end of the week end but finally got the job done between husbandry jobs and paca birth watching!

and more mating – the boys were fab – halter training early really pays off!


Haylage Alpaca

well wow – that  was a busy day. Haylage for Alpaca – that we cut and wrapped last year –

literally flew through the door (well gate) when we advertised it for sale last week.

I was inundated with calls as small bale haylage is scarce to find these days.

We opened a few to check and off it all went.

Folk came from as far as Newbury and Reading to get it…

and the last lot we delivered ourselves.

Job done!

my faithful car again!