Sunday, 30 December 2012

Roping in the family

David and Jane came to collect Jax, their dog, who has been staying with us for a few days.

Their timing was excellent as we needed to clip the toe nails of the male alpacas and carry out a routine treatment for the prevention of fluke, which is a parasite which thrives in the wet and eventually attacks the animal's liver.

We treated the male alpacas in their shelter and the females and weanlings in the barn.

David is used to handling his sheep so he  has no difficulty with the alpacas and as they were already in the barn it was fairly easy to get a good system going.   Mike was in charge of pushing them into the handling pen and Jane let them out again after David and I had caught and treated them.

It was so quick that the girls were in and out before they knew what was going on.

The weather has improved slightly today, although there have been a number of really heavy showers and the fields are still extremely soggy and muddy.

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