This blog will not be of much interest to my none alpaca friends but I cannot contain myself! I was feeling a bit down this morning, one of those, "I just can't do this anymore," moments with alpacas having lost cria over the winter, processing fibre being so difficult, difficult breeding decisions, overweight alpacas, fencing getting on top of us, Bert's baby due next week and no proper barn facilities, unable to watch properly with bottle feeders due . . . I could go on moaning! But then the postman arrived with the Alpacas Australia winter issue - Cracking! I had to abandon knitting and waste management to sit in the Mule and skim through - still a lot to read but great depth in all the articles. Why long stemmed roughage is important and how to tell if there is enough, vitamin dosages, fleece and what is good for processing and, my particular pet - new developments on alpaca trails. One day I will make one of these happen in the new way! The articles on maintaining high value fleece traits and breeding guard hair out of a fleece will be read several times.
Sadly, the whole day did not continue on an upward plane - Barry Norton has a problem and it is a vet problem - more on that tomorrow.
A better penning solution! - After a long "family illness" and a subsequent reduction of our herd, I am back to report a more recent enhancement to Easter-Wood. One of the problems we ...
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