Feeling Rusty!

Posted By On Nov 2013 | 8 Comments

Well hello again! it’s feels so long since I wrote my last blog that I’m struggling with where to begin. Not to worry I’m sure I’ll settle back into the swing of it again pretty quick, at least I hope I will πŸ™‚

We’ve had a great summer here on our alpaca farm. Lots of sunshine, lots of grass, lots of lovely visitors, lots and lots of beautiful cria and the icing on the cake was to enter two fleece shows and to win the Supreme Champion title both times with two separate boys. What a summer, Happy Days for sure!!!

Select & cria elite alpacas

Summer Memories

Select & Ashlea - elite alpacas

Just so you don’t forget we had a summer πŸ™‚

The summer is definitely over and autumn is now with us. The weather is getting markedly colder, wetter and windier but I’m not complaining it’s a great improvement on the weather of 2012, So Far! Hoping I’m not tempting fate here:)

After last year we decided to get our winter supplies in early and as soon as the hay and straw were harvested we took delivery and loaded the barn up good and full. Last winter totally wiped us out of hay and straw, in fact the hay was so bad last year that all the alpacas were fed haylage instead, not that they were complaining, were you Dora? πŸ™‚

This year fortunately, the hay is absolutely beautiful, the best I’ve seen in a very long time. It’s so good that we are finding little or no waste at all, which is amazing with my lot.

My girls are the worst, they are all habitual sorters, always poking around sifting through their hay-racks looking for the tastiest bits. I’d enter the barn in the mornings to find half the contents of the hay-racks on the floor mixed in with their bedding and the rest in the racks full of cone shapes where their heads had been in poking around. Even giving them haylage didn’t stop this occurrence entirely, fussy devils πŸ™‚

But now not a cone to be found, no hay mixed in with their bedding, not much left for me to find anywhere at all as it happens, because the greedy fat piggies have gobbled it all up. Good job I have a barn full of the yummy stuff πŸ™‚

All the girls and cria, plus two of the stud males are now in the barn at night and have been, dare I admit it for about a month, I’m such a softy.

The other two studs are out full time with some yearling males. They have a very large field shelter, which is basically a small barn, which they can enter at will. Any sign of rain and they are all in as fast as their little legs will carry them, bless em, what woosies I’ve bred!

Mind saying that, they seem to spend an awful lot of time in there lately even when it’s not raining. I guess that might have something to do with hay-racks filled with the new yummy hay. I think I’ll need to watch the herds consumption this winter else I’ll not be the only one needing to go on a diet come spring πŸ™‚

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  1. Helen  November 22, 2013

    Sounds like your lot are living the life of riley Donna. Still, it is a lovely thought to know they are all tucked up in the warm with lovely hay which won’t blow out their fibre πŸ™‚

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    • Donna  November 23, 2013

      So true Helen, but with the hay quality last year I had little choice πŸ™ It will be really interesting come next shearing to compare last years haylage fed fleeces with this years hay fed ones, to see how much fineness I actually did lose by feeding them haylage fulltime. If the fleeces are even finer than last years, which were still stunning, I will be a very happy bunny indeed πŸ™‚

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