Archive for July, 2011

Snow!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

When I made my way home around 5pm yesterday it had been snowing for a couple of hours.  Anything more than a smattering of snowflakes is unusual in our valley and district although the Tararua Ranges which bound the Wairarapa Valley on the west usually is snow-covered for a few months of the year. This snow dump meant there was snow as far as we could see.  My photo shows our alpacas trying to fit like sardines into the haven of their hay shelter.  I have to say I felt sorry for them so as soon as I could I shifted them into one of our back paddocks where they could shelter under the overhanging branches of the huge trees along the southerly fenceline. This morning, although there was still snow all around,  the ground under the trees was clear of snow, and the alpacas weren’t wearing coats of snow,  so they obviously had spent the night under the trees. SMART.   The snow caused quite a bit of excitement in our community, it is something many of us had not experienced before. Today we have a bright blue sky, and the sun is out in force!

Winter sunshine

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

We have just had a week of beautiful sunshine to follow 10 days of rain. So we had a chance to catch up on a few tasks – we started dosing our girls with A ,D&E vitaminsplus do some overdue pregnancy scans, plus the all-important halter training. We have a number of very nice cria we are looking forward to showing the world in the coming show season, so getting these cria confident on a halter is really important. As alpaca breeders, we always aim for excellence, so it is really encouraging to see so many fine cria growing up – many will come available for sale in the coming months, we have a particularly fine group of young black males, so if you are looking for a potential stud, or an adorable pet, keep an eye on our alpacas for sale page in the coming months – or better still, contact us, and let us know what you are looking for-many of our alpacas are sold without ever appearing on the website, so don’t miss out – contact us first.

Shelter from the storm

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

The recent bitterly cold weather and gale force winds saw us move our ‘girls’ to the back of our farm to paddocks with plenty of tree shelter.  The newly weaned cria and their ‘aunties’ (who were awarded the babysitting job)  in the adjoining paddock were pleased to see them all,  and probably hoped it was a permanent arrangement,  but today with clear skies and only a  little wind,  we have moved the adults away again as the paddock they were in is small and quickly runs out of grazing.  However they had plenty of hay to eat while they were there and they were able to eat it under the trees where it remained dry despite the squally weather.    

TB (tuberculosis) Testing

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

In NZ, TB testing is not a legal requirement. However, alpacas can get TB, even though this is not common  in fact it is negligible, the ratio of alpacas found to have TB in NZ is something like .01%). As responsible alpaca breeders, and to give peace of mind to our customers (both in NZ and internationally), we have our entire herd tested annually, and have just had our herd tested again this year, with a clear result. This gives us a C10 rating showing we have tested our herd annually for the last 10 years, and received a clear result each year.