Archive for September, 2013

NZ National Show

Friday, September 27th, 2013
Liz at Hobbiton

Liz at Hobbiton

Last weekend, the Alpaca Association of NZ hosted the 2013 World Alpaca Conference, along with an International Fleece Show (where our young black alpaca, Devados, picked up a 4th placing in his class), and the NZ National Show. It was a great chance to talk all things alpaca, and to make new friends, and catch up with other friends from around NZ. As the venue was only a short(ish) drive from the Hobbiton Movie Set, we also took the opportunity to visit Middle Earth!

Devados - 4th placing at the International fleece how

Devados – 4th placing at the International fleece how

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

We endured a terrific gale last Wednesday, however, we survived without too much damage – and that covered by insurance. While some of the effects of the wind were frightening, the 17 hour power cut that followed was also hard to endure, especially as when we have no power, we have no water either! However, everything is now back to normal apart from the storm debris littering the paddocks – although the alpacas are enjoying a nibble on the downed branches!

Today was an important day for the last of last season cria – weaning day! The mums have gone back to join the main herd, leaving some distraught youngsters. It’ll take around 3 days for them to accept life without Mum, and a similar time for the mothers to start to accept they have lost their babies. It’s hard on us too – we always feel mean!

Alpaca World Conference

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

The 2013 Alpaca World conference is being held near Hamilton, New Zealand (Middle Earth!) later this month. The event kicks off with the Alpaca Associations National Show, and  International Fleece Show on 20 September. The World Conference follows the Expo, and will be held on 23rd and 24th September.

Liz and Cheryl will be taking the opportunity to attend this World event, and have taken up a Bronze Sponsorship (Reserve Champion Intermediate Female Huacaya). Gordon will be staying home to keep and eye on the farm and act as tour guide for our farm tours.

We have entered 5 fleeces in the International Fleece Show, and after many hours of preparation, they are now on their way to the Show Convenor. We are also taking 6 alpacas, who actually have less pre-show preparation than the fleeces, as alpacas are shown “in paddock condition”. So all we need to do is trim off a bit of excess fibre, and make sure they are halter-trained. The four older alpacas are of course already halter trained and are all show veterans, while our two juniors are the focus of halter training right now.