She brought her three dogs, including Dodger, Dolly's litter brother. With our six, it was quite a pack,but they all got on very well and were very good with all the animals. This was especially important because we are free ranging the male alpacas and one of the does with her two kids in the paddocks around the house where some of the fences have been partially dismantled during the building works on the new barn.
So far all the kids are doing well, but it will be another few weeks before I feel really confident. Just me being cautious.
The adoptee seems to be bonded with his new Mum, but they are the ones free-ranging away from the main herd to make sure that she does not get confused and also to give time for his real mum to forget he is hers. Nick said to be sure we need to keep them away for three weeks so there is still about a week to go.
Pauline helped to halter train the next two young males on the list. Pauline took Tajo who is the mid brown son of Pedro and he has stunning fleece, lovely nature, and looks really smart too. We are not going to any alpaca shows this year, but I am sure he would do well if we did. As usual, of course, all the weanlings have lovely fleece but it is already too long for showing. I took Senon, a little white male with attitude,but as I said to Pauline, it seems that the most stroppy end up being easier to train for some reason. Maybe we just have to put in more effort. Only two go after that.
I have removed all the stock from the farm shop ready for the building works to start on the 26 March, and we are now only selling online with a few outside events lined up. The future of the alpaca products is still undecided,but I really like having them as it is what the alpaca is really about. Their fleece is so lovely it would be sad not to use it.