Kensmyth Alpaca & Muscovy Thu, 26 May 2016 18:59:17 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Shearing almost upon us now Thu, 26 May 2016 18:59:17 +0000 in my last post I went off on a tangent about Fly Strike in Alpacas but meant to talk about shearing… related of course because when cuts occur during shearing (inevitable but not often) folk often think that being shorn means Alpaca cannot get Fly Strike. WRONG, they are actually more vulnerable when shorn where a nick or cut might have been missed.

meantime, this little black beauty clearly needs a hair cut!!

needing shearing black cria

Shearing on the agenda soon Wed, 25 May 2016 17:55:14 +0000 Crazy busy here with so much going on I do not know where to start. The ground had dried out so relevant ground work completed, including topping to prevent the grass “getting away” from us. It is feast or famine in the Cotswolds with the warm wet weather and the Buttercups have gone bananas. I am hearing it all over the country along with FLY STRIKE so caution – YES Alpaca get it too folks!

meantime, our Willow Whips planted are doing well and blue skies appear…

blue skies trees

Kensmyth eco friendly regime continues… Wed, 18 May 2016 17:00:32 +0000 Every year around about now we load up our trusty 1996 Landcruiser (well mine and what would I do without her) and take our straw off in bags and a few cable ties (no 50 shades whatsoever) to a local pony charity.

nothing is wasted at Kensmyth – see for yourself…

straw exit 1     straw exit 2

straw exit 3


Fir cones – do you know where they truly come from? Tue, 17 May 2016 20:09:40 +0000 here at Kensmyth we planted Scots Pine nearly 4 years ago and at last we have our own …


fir cone

but do you know how they grow?

blue sky pine cones

fir cone tree


Spring has sprung at Kensmyth Mon, 16 May 2016 20:07:35 +0000 the beauty of the blossom on the fruit trees planted nearly 4 years ago… Spring 2016

fruit tree 1 WEB              fruit trees WEB 2

Haircut 100 – no shearing at Kensmyth Sun, 15 May 2016 20:07:20 +0000 I think some of the Alpaca are overdue for their shearing this year?

cria haircut WEB


Wildlife strips at Kensmyth Wed, 11 May 2016 17:30:26 +0000 well we have been beavering away as usual and I have been chastised for my absence. There are reasons which will no doubt be divulged in the fullness of time… meantime, before the wet warm weather hit we were hard at it with the flail topper leaving our Wildlife strips so that the Bees can still enjoy their life too… anyone remember these?


Tow and Collect – the funky new poover for farms Wed, 04 May 2016 17:37:07 +0000 ok – its not that new. it is true we reviewed it a few years ago but our land was so overgrown and clumpy and the weather so wet, we stuck with our faithful Kubota G23 high dump (2008 to date) and our Muck Truck paddock hoover, likewise.

it was with interest that I visited a Gloucestershire Alpaca farm and had a look at theirs a while ago but he needed a quick decision and that is not my way. I needed to assure myself that I did not need the bigger version or that I was doubling up on machinery to do the same job… so I let his super second hand one go.

Weeks later after much deliberation because it is for dry ground and shorter grass use only (just does not do as good a job otherwise) we bit the bullet and here it is… waiting for short grass and dry ground!

unused as yet but cannot wait to try – the Tow and Collect.


First of the Month firsts Tue, 03 May 2016 17:36:47 +0000 First Rhubarb crop of the year!


and the first new machine of the year… what can it be?




Bank Holiday welcoming May Mon, 02 May 2016 18:30:37 +0000 It is May 2016 already – wow – and the cria will start coming very shortly. Always an exciting time of year but also the highest risk to newborn and mothers. That’s farming for you.

Last week end we met a lovely couple here who looked at our 2015 cria for sale and I have to say that not having looked at their fleeces for a while, I too was impressed!

KALI FLEECE WEB 2 kali april WEB