Thursday, 30 May 2013

Settling In

Alario has arrived in his new home in Italy and his new owner seems very happy with him.

It makes life a lot easier for us because he always had a paddock to himself since, years ago, he fell out with Pedro, one of our stud males.

We sold Chale at the weekend but unfortunately he has been injured.   Probably during one of the occasional chase arounds that the males have with each other when they get over excited about something.   His left hind leg was not weight bearing.

The vet came and gave him an injection of Metacam (anti- inflammatory and pain killer) but was not hopeful. She said if there was no improvement in a couple of days we should think of culling him.

I was not convinced but Mike and I agreed that as long as he had quality of life there was no need for the knacker man to visit.  He was eating well and so instead of keeping him in a stable where he was lonely and
fed up I let him out to roam with the weanling males.  (probably have to start calling them yearlings soon!).  Apart from anything else he really does not cost us anything to keep, especially this time of year when the grass is good.

Today he is much better and putting some weight on his poorly leg, so we expect he will be OK to go to his new home shortly.  The patches are mud not a colour change!!

Monday, 20 May 2013

Alpaca gardening

Alpacas love mowing the lawn and pruning the shrubs.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013


The fire wall is in progress.  Oh Joy - more dust and noise!!

Alario's TB test was clear.

The shearer is coming tomorrow and the forecast was for rain last night and today (they were right) so we quickly prepared the barn with the last of the straw and put most of the herd under cover.  Alario is in a makeshift stable in the old lorry unit and the males are in another shelter.  The sheep are in with the female alpacas in the barn and four of them get up to more mischief than the other thirty put together.

I took the opportunity to administer an over due dose of ADE vitamins to them all.   This is a drench which gives them vitamin D to compensate for the lack of sunlight and prevent rickets etc:

We have all settled in to our new routines in the new house, except the alpacas who are still wondering why they cannot get in to their barn. Otherwise plenty of relaxing.