Archive for June, 2017

Our superfine fibre!

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Each year, we pick out the best fleeces of each colour and keep them on hand to sell to craftspeople, both as raw fleece (straight from the alpacas back), or the “best of the best” we have carded for those buyers who prefer to have their alpaca fibre ready to spin or felt.

This year we struck a problem when our carder was unable to card our alpaca fleece as it was too fine . What a problem to have! The hunt was on for a new carder who could deal with our quality fleeces.

We settled on Kane Carding who assured us they would be able to deal with our superfine alpacas fleeces, and we are very happy with the result. The photo shows our carded fibre waiting to be unloaded. We were told by Kane Carding they had never carded such fine fleece before – proof that our breeding programme using the power of pedigree is paying off!

Building maintenance

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Being on a farm involves ongoing maintenance, and sometimes that includes building maintenance as well. Many of the fittings were poorly installed before we bought the property, and we have gradually repaired and replaced most of what was sub-standard. This month was the turn of the garage windows, which were originally 2nd hand, and installed without flashing, so the wood surrounding them gradually rotted. We now have brand spanking new glass windows with aluminum surrounds, and flashing!

 

Before replacement commenced

The old windows out

New windows installed