• Farm News May 2014

    So it’s been forever since my last blog post and I apologise! I concentrate on keeping our facebook page up to date but forget that not everyone reads that!

    We’ve been so busy I’m not sure I can quite remember all that we’ve been up to so will summarise!

    March –

    - We took Barney to Alpaca Showtime and were thrilled that he came third in his class, behind two of the top alpaca breeders in the country! A great first experience for him and we’ll be entering him again next year to see how he does.

    April -

    - We had our first school visit to the farm and the weather was perfect. Everyone seemed to have a blast and the children were so well behaved!

    - We also welcomed our first visitors on alpaca experiences. We run these from April to September and they are going down a treat. We’ve had some wonderful reviews on Tripadvisor for which we are very grateful.

    - Our first open day of the year was on Good Friday and we had an astounding 500 visitors! Didn’t quite run out of cake but almost! Weather started off sunny but with a really cold north wind blowing into the barn we were freezing by the end of the day! But it was a success and as a result of our open day we have a school visit booked and have had numerous alpaca experiences and a few birthday parties. Our next one is on Sunday 8th June as part of Open Farm Sunday and we’ll also be having an art exhibition from some local artists.

    May

    - May and the hot weather saw the start of shearing season! The sun was out and the alpacas were so hot! We are very lucky that we shear our own animals so can choose exactly when and who to shear. We decided to shear the pregnant females as they were just so hot and heat stress can kill them. We were also out shearing for other local alpaca owners and it is another way to meet new people and share our passion. Unfortunately the weather turned and the rain arrived and we then had lots of shivering alpacas which always breaks my heart! We made sure that they all had shelter and hay and a couple wore coats. Then on Friday 23rd May our first cria of the year was born – Abbotts View Charlie. It was touch and go for the first 24 hours but we’re really pleased to report that he is doing very well. We have 4 more due (3 on our next open day!) so we’re looking forward to meeting them.

    - We sold our first trio of alpacas and were thrilled to delivery them to a lovely family with a gorgeous home and a fabulous paddock. We are sure they will all be very happy.

    - We hosted the first few birthday parties and they were also a great success – really nice experience for us to host.

    - We’ve also had visits from a local hospital planning to bring some of their patients to the farm and an organisation arranging holiday breaks for inner city children. As well as a pre-school and a visit from a local Beaver group (of the boy variety not animal!). We are having lots of enquiries from all sorts of groups and are pleased to be able to adapt to whatever each particular group needs or wants to see/do. It’s a challenge sometimes but worth it and each group really appreciates the fact that their visit is private and they don’t have to share the farm with anyone else.

    Looking ahead we have three more open days planned: Sunday June the 8th, Sunday July 20th and Sunday 7th September (tbc subject to free range pork being available for sale).

    For more information or to keep up to date go to our facebook page www.facebook.co.uk/abbottsviewalpacas. You don’t have to be accepted – it’s a public group – but like the page and then whenever we update it you will see it on your wall.

    That’s all I can remember but I’m sure there has been much more! Don’t forget to get in touch with any questions – we love to hear from you.

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