Two weeks out from shearing is almost as busy a time as shearing day. We get all the animals in and: body score them (rate them between 1 and 5 for weight by feeling along their backs). get their jabs up to date (I'll go into our jabbing programme another time!). clip any toe nails that need clipping (this takes two of us - one to clip, one to hold the animal). take samples of fleece that we want to get micron tested to see how the breeding programme is progressing. These get
Been a while since I posted - holiday for both the alpacas and us after the show...
We had an amazing three days at the National Alpaca Expo 2014. Firstly the halter training paid off and they were largely angelic. Even the MOTH had to admit it. Secondly staying with friends in Christchurch paid dividends. The last three Expos I have spent the majority of my time feeding my children a constant supply of junk food in an effort to get to watch any of the proceedings or repeat
Our four alpacas and their convoy made it safely to Christchurch, smooth ferry crossing and all. We on the other hand went through our usual hectic departure preparations. Having spent much of the week dressed as the caped crusader (My Other Life - don't ask...) I maintained my super hero persona driving my batmobile at excessive speeds back to base. I arrived with 30 minutes to grab bags and family and head to the airport. We landed in Christchurch at 11pm to cold and wet. N
Today the team got to walk down the drive and around the house with unplanned hazards at every turn: The Entourage, dogs supposed to be locked inside but released by said Entourage, curious neighbour with Jack Russell (twice - on her way out and back), neighbouring farmer on noisy quad bike and frequent gusts of wind. But no hail. Usually we would have built up to the passing out parade gradually over a few days but due to the inclement weather I have had to throw them in the
"Another couple of days and you'd have nailed it" - the other half.
That is high praise indeed. Now we just wait to see how they perform in the ring in five days time. Watch this space. The fab four were then popped into the van and driven to Rotorua to join a few other show teams being transported by the wonderful Brenor Alpacas. We use a well-loved transit van and it can hold up to seven young alpacas easily but I seriously doubt its ability to make it to the South Islan
My last five days of intensive halter training for the team has turned to custard due to factors beyond the control of even a working mother...the weather. Thursday and Friday aborted. Today, Saturday (one day until we drop them off for transport to Christchurch) and both my attempts have ended up pretty much like the photo...wind, rain and hail storms...and very miserable alpacas.