Archive for October, 2012

Amateur Shearers!

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Today we started this seasons shearing, and our first attempt (on Magic) was much better than our first attempt last season! We have changed our shearing equipment, which helped, and we are starting to learn how to use it properly. We’ll do our 2nd alpaca tomorrow, but next weekend is Manawatu Show, where we are competing, so we’ll get a bit of a break!

A newly shorn Magic – she looks much better than our first attempt last year!

Just because she’s pretty….

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

After a miserable Thursday and Friday (weatherwise!) Saturday dawned bright and sunny. I was out on the farm with my camera during a farm tour and took these photos of Sundancer and can’t resist sharing them.

Hawkes Bay Show

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

We competed in the alpaca section of the Hawkes Bay Show on 19 October. As usual, Liz and I drove up the day before, staying with friends overnight, and then returned home after the show. The drive up was horrendous! Towing a trailer in gale force wind is not to be recommended – and its even worse when you add in torrential rain so your visiblity is reduced to almost nothing! However we arrived safely, despite our electrical cable coming out of the socket so we drove for an unknown period of time with no brake/indicator lights on the trailer! The socket sustained damage from bouncing on the road, but fortunately we were able to repair this before driving home.

The show was well run and enjoyable, despite the weather – a cold wind all day intersperced with light rain showers. Our alpacas did moderately well, with NZ Eikon taking a 3rd in the light fawn junior class – a great effort as he was up against steep competition. After a close fought battle Huari Geronimo was just pipped out of first place, taking 2nd in his medium fawn class. Our intermediate blacks NZ Eikon Zy and Huari Devados were 2nd & 3rd repectively in their class.

A New Pen

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

I’m in the process of erecting a new pen at the rear of our utility/shearing shed, together with a walkway leading from the pen down the side of the shed and into the waiting pen in the shed itself.  We put up a temporary arrangement some years ago and only now I’m putting up something more permanent, having now established the best animal flow pathway.  As our first shearing day is now only a month away I’ll be giving priority to completing the job over the next few weeks.  My gate hanging skills will be put to the test as well, as we’re planning a small fence plus gate to shrink the size of the exterior holding paddock area.  Our big boys will be the first to test it all out: if it works for them, it’ll work for everyone!