At Honeyfield we take biosecurity very very seriously and take every precaution to prevent disease entering our alpaca paddocks. Not only do we operate a closes herd policy, offer no stud services and refrain from entering Halter shows. All the paddocks are fully enclosed with Tornado Badger Fencing and to enter every visitor must pass through a fam 30 foot bath.
We at the farm don’t even think about the foot bath any more, it’s become second nature to walk through on entering the alpaca enclosure. I’m only mentioning it today as a reminder to any wishing to visit, because fam 30 is orange and it can stain pale footwear a bit.
All our visitors so far have been very understanding and respect our biosecurity policies and so this hasn’t been much of an issue, but as summer is fast approaching and sandals and light coloured footwear will be the norm, I thought it would be worth mentioning.
This issue was highlighted this morning as we had a visit from a lovey lady, Rosemary from Bristol. Luckily Rosemary had small feet and it was easy to kit her out with a spare pair of wellies.
Spare wellies are always available here and we seem to have accumulated quite a collection, so it is not a problem as long as you have small feet!
We are a very small footed household, Neil’s are the biggest and he only measures in at a size eight. Which would be quite a tight fit on some of the larger footed members of our species, I think 🙂
I bet your wondering how I manage with croc’s through the foot bath? Do I have orange feet, stained by fam 30? No silly, I have a sterile pair that live in the enclosure. I love my alpaca’s but not enough to stain my feet orange 🙂
Anyway’s enough of orange feet and wellies, especially wellies, I don’t want to be reminded of anything to do with winter.
Today was a great day, not because of the glorious spring sunshine, which incidentally, was decidedly lacking today, but because it is always nice to meet new people, especially people who share my love of anything Alpaca. A farm tour and a good natter over coffee and biscuits is a perfect way to start the day 🙂