Archive for May, 2012

Cadenza Update

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Wednesday saw Gordon and I cria-napping Harmony’s baby.  Time for a vet check to see how those broken leg bones are healing. Good news!  An xray determined the bones are healing well and Cadenza could have her plaster removed.  After 5 hours away from home Harmony was very relieved to see Cadenza return, albeit with 4 matching legs, and no plaster.  Cadenza is to remain confined for another 10 days while her muscles strengthen and her leg is functioning properly.  Since she was 2 weeks old Cadenza has had to cush with her plastered leg held rigidly out in front.  Its taken her a couple of days to realise she has a knee in that leg but today (TWICE!!)  we have found her cushing with both front legs tucked up under her – just like all the others!  And today, because we no longer have to worry about keeping her plaster dry, Cadenza is enjoying grazing in a pen outside, able to eat REAL grass, instead of hay.  So the countdown is really on – soon she will be able to graze outside with Harmony, something she probably doesn’t remember ever doing before.  And before too long she’ll be able to join the other youngsters in their evening romp around the paddock. Life is fun!

Brrrrrr . . . winter’s on its way

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Today its cold and wet, the first signs that our New Zealand winter is on its way! Alpacas are very stoic and so long as they have tree or fence shelter from our cold southerly winter winds they tolerate winter very well.  But keeping them well fed and warm is paramount if you want them to keep their good health.  Make sure in cold weather that they have meadow hay available – this will keep them warm!  We have small hay sheds in each of our paddocks.  We place bales of hay on old forklift pallets to keep it off the damp ground and top it up every weekend over winter.  That way the alpacas can choose when to eat hay instead of grass (which lacks good nutrition in the winter months).

Soon our ‘boys’ (a mix of stud males and youngsters who have not been wethered (castrated) will be moved off farm for the winter.  This gives them a change of scenery, and allows their paddocks to recover without being grazed for a few months.  Even though they live separately the ‘girls’ notice their absence and there’ll be quite a bit of excitement when they return in spring.

Cheryl and I (and Gordon) are all busily knitting alpaca garments for ourselves.  There’s nothing warmer than alpaca when it comes to clothing.  If you’re after socks, scarves, hats etc check out our online shop here.