Last night we went to give a talk on alpacas to The Young Farmers - they were a great group and asked interesting questions. One lad was even brave enough to play at being an alpaca whilst Carl 'sheared' him! Shame I have not got a photo! Sam refused to come to the front with us and was highly embarrased to start with but I think he quite enjoyed it in the end - particularly the parts Carl did!
Happy and sad news on the lambing front.
We are now up to 11 lambs from 7 ewes but the tiniest triplet has gone - and when I say gone, I mean gone. She was there last thing at night and in the morning she had disappeared. I went quite hysterical and searched all over but she had completely disappeared. I have a horrible feeling it was a Buzzard as one has been circling overhead for a couple of days now. My solution is bright orange macs which the other two tiny blacks are now wearing. I thought Mum might reject them when I put the coats on but she was fine and I am hoping the colour and the crackling sound they make will frighten anything away. I do have a photo but it is on my phone and I am unable to retrieve it
Reg is back in the field with the others. Mum lets him sit by her but not feed so he is now a bottle fed and is very noisy. He has bonded with his brother and they play and rest together thank goodness. The remarkable thing is that I think I know why his mum rejected him. He has a deformity which is quite pronounced - a very overshot jaw. Could she really have spotted it that quickly or am I imaging things?
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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