• Shows, alpaca experiences and school visits.

    Well it's been a while between posts again - I blame the good weather! It's so lovely being outside that all the inside jobs, including updating my blog, don't get done.

    So what news since my last post? Groundwork is almost finished - but I'm sure I've been saying that for weeks! It seems to be taking a lot longer than I thought but we really are almost there, I think.

    The youngsters have moved back with their mummies and Eclipse, who you may remember was poorly after she had Alice has really made a full recovery now she's on fresh grass and is looking so much better. Little Alice did try and have a feed when she met her mum again, despite it being 9 weeks since we took her away, but I doubt there is anything there for her. The youngsters are still behaving like babies with their mums and follow them everywhere, often resting their heads on their mum's backs. It's so sweet! We have two new cria due in the next month so we're looking forward to having some little ones around again. We are still unsure whether "Fatty Lulu" is just fat or pregnant! When the vet scanned her he couldn't find a baby but she really is huge!!!

    We went to our first show in Warwick last weekend and met some lovely people, despite us not having much success! Kili decided to "hide his testicles" from the judge so was disqualified! Our vet has since been out and confirmed that all is well so that's good but disappointing that he was disqualified.

    We have had our first two alpaca experiences at the farm which we thoroughly enjoyed, as did those who attended. The feedback was very positive and I'll be posting comments onto my website once I get some time! We also did our first school visit last week for national pet month and took two of the smaller boys and some guinea pigs. The children were so well behaved despite only being between 2 and 4 years of age. The school have adopted little Annie so we'll keep them up to date with pictures of her during the year.

    We also did our second Pets at Home visit today to help raise money for HULA animal rescue. There were loads of people there and we had lots of interesting questions and handed our lots of leaflets so we hope to see some of the people we talked to at the farm in the near future.

    James and Amy went on a shearing course yesterday and sheared their first alpacas. They are now busy ordering the equipment in order to do our own over the next couple of weeks. We also have injections and toenails to clip so that will be a busy couple of days.

    Our ducks are now laying every day which is a relief as I was starting to think they were drakes! We have two blue and one white egg every day so I'm making lots of cakes!

    And finally we are looking forward to the BAS national show next weekend and hope to enter a couple of our boys into the alpaca agility show which will be interesting! We're looking forward to dressing up for the gala dinner and meeting with lots of like minded people! It's free entry so come along if you've nothing to do - they'll be loads going on. More details on my home page.

    We have listed some of our alpacas for sale on www.alpacaseller.co.uk if anyone reading is interested in buying some pet males or guard alpacas. As always do get in touch with any questions/comments! We'd love to hear from you!

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