April 30, 2016

WorkSafe New Zealand came up to assess our farm and help us put some guidelines together for the alpaca industry, as requested by the National Commitee (Pete works in heavy construction so it is his thing).

WorkSafe are all about making it practical and easy so we'll...

March 19, 2016

Project AirBnB is going brilliantly. We have had at least one set of guests a week since we opened for business in mid-January and we still have queries and bookings coming in. We only charge $70/night which initially made me wonder whether it was going to be worth it....

March 12, 2016

We were honoured to host the local Igirlz group from Omokoroa on Monday night. They are a fantastic group of girls who are completing a farm badge so they will be making some alpaca products with our fleece too. Obviously I was of no use to them in that regard but they...

March 1, 2016

We only mated five alpacas this year as a lot of our girls would have ended up having their babies too late in the season, so we are 'rescheduling' them back to having babies in January and early February. Bad timing really as we have had more requests for alpacas this...

February 29, 2016

Had a visit from the Animal Care department of the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. Two of our boys will soon be heading off to help teach their students about camelids. Their students go on to work in a range of environments including animal parks and tourist attractions wh...

February 4, 2016

And the last Parsifal was a...boy. Beautiful but a boy. Parsifal was a legend among suri stud males and we have been privileged to be able to use him for the last nine years. Unfortunately he died in September last year.

He remained consistent to the end. If only it w...

February 3, 2016

Last year we had our first ever complications during birthing season - and it came in threes: a vet out to help with unpacking a cria, bottle-feeding and a broken leg. And our first baby of this year managed to get his leg stuck in the fence within a few hours of being...

December 28, 2015

It is that time of year when alpaca breeders need to start to think about preventative measures for countering facial eczema. A dairy farm at the same height as us just up the road got hammered last year and with the el Nino warnings rife we have reviewed what we are g...

December 27, 2015

Up at 5.30 am to check on the patient and she was looking much better. She ate, drank and managed to stand up and straighten the bad leg which is really positive as we were worried about nerve damage. Later (second lot of physio, four more to go...) she tried to put so...

December 26, 2015

So the plan was a relaxing Christmas at home but unfortunately we have had a dog attack on one of our 2014 cria, Tiana, now aged about nine months. We had been out to the beach and found her when we got back. She was cushed but obviously in shock. There were quite a fe...

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