Archive for September, 2010

A,D&E Injections

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Liz and I were busy today giving A,D&E to our herd. We had done our herd of boys last weekend, but still had most of the girls to do. If you bought your alpacas from us, you should be scheduling AD&E for your own herd. AD&E is essential for the prevention of rickets in cria and phosphate deficiencies in adults, and is recommended for all alpacas under 2 years of age.  Because we have had issues in the past with phosphate deficiencies, we usually do our entire herd, regardless of age.

Daffodil Day

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Daffodil Day – daffodils have become the symbol of the NZ Cancer Society, and daffodil day is their annual fundraising appeal. A nearby town, Carterton, is also associated with daffodils, and hosts an annual market day to raise funds for the Cancer Society. The Alpaca Place usually takes part with a display of alpacas – this year we were represented by Sheridan, Kincaid and Chengari.

Picture of our stall at Daffodil Day in Carterton

Earthquake in Christchurch

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Earthquake! Centered just outside of Christchurch, NZ, 7.1 on the richter scale in the early hours of Saturday morning. We feel blessed that no lives were lost, although there has been a massive amount of damage to central city buildings, and to houses in Christchurch, and surrounding districts Kaiapoi, Selwyn and Darfield. Here in Masterton, we were not affected at all – didn’t even feel the quake, and life goes on as normal. Our heartfelt sympathies are for the folks in the South Island whose lives have been turned upside down by this massive earthquake.

Spring

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Officially, the first day of Spring! Which was heralded, overnight, with torrential rain – in a winter characterised by high rainfall, this was the heaviest of the lot. However, along with the dawn, came sunshine, and it has been a beautiful day, even if wet underfoot.

Some of our girls have found the weather conditions very trying, particularly those with cria at foot. We discovered a local farm supplies retailer who was selling bright blue calf covers made out of heavy duty vinyl – and the medium siz one fit our average size adult alpaca very well ! These are designed to slip over the head and are secured by a soft elastic strap around the haunches – so they don’t interfere with feeding cria. After a few minutes intial panic, our girls settled into wearing the cover, which by keeping out the wind and rain, helped them keep warm, too. Some of our younger cria got to wear the small size calf cover, we have found them a great boon.