Wednesday, 28 August 2019
New Home for Three
Three alpacas left the farm this morning to go to their new home.
They were very well behaved when we herded them into the catch pen in our back paddock where they have been living since they were sold two weeks ago. There is always a delay because we have our alpacas pre-movement tested for TB so that the new owners know that they are receiving healthy animals in that respect.
They are also up to date with all husbandry such as toe nails, vaccinations etc:
Two of them were happy enough to move from the catch pen into the trailer which was to transport them to their new home, but one, normally the most docile, decided to object and it took ages to get him in. Alpacas normally travel very well once in their transport. Mostly they lie down in a cush - i.e. with their legs tucked under them.
They do not have too far to go and should be grazing in their new field by now.
We are expecting a visit from another prospective buyer to look at one of our males sometime soon so our herd dispersal/retirement sale is starting to work. It may well take a long time - perhaps as much as a year - to completely sell up, but we prefer to sell directly to new owners rather than take them to market. Mainly because of welfare issues but also because they would probably make even lower prices than what we are offering them for. Also we are not really in a hurry to sell and like to know who the new owners are so that we can help if they have any problems (unlikely) or in extreme take them back (has never happened so far).
Our Farm shop is closed at the moment but we will be re-opening in September through to the spring when we will be closing down finally. There will probably be some stock left over which we will continue to sell online for a while.