Saturday, July 18, 2009

Top 10 Ways to Keep your Camelids Cool

Did you know that the temperatures, high altiplano, Andes Mountains are between 34 and 77 degrees? NOT the 105+ heat indices we experience here in St. Louis.
Keeping Llamas Cool

10. Shade
9. Pray for Rain
8. Fans
7. Electrolytes
6. Nightfall
5. Hosing them off 2 Times a Day
4. Kiddie Pools
3. Moving to the Andes Mountains
2. AC in the Barn (LOL!)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Trading is the name of the game

Seems that no one has any money in this economy. One way to acquire "different" bloodlines in your alpaca herd is to work out a "let's make a deal" deal.

Trade! Trade your male for another quality male. Trade two ARI registered males for a female alpaca or llama.

This gets around the "I'm broke" situation and allows both parties to benefit.

Think about it.


BTW -- sold two unregistered female alpacas yesterday. They are beauties, my Hiawatha and Stephie. Going to an outstanding home -- that's the good news.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

farm visits & such

Interesting morning.
First phone call at 7:30 a.m. was from a lady who gets my newsletter. She wanted to buy a little alpaca boy (Whispers) who won't be ready to leave mama until January 2010. Wanted to be certain that "no one else bought him." Wow.

Second phone call was from a lady in STL who wanted to know if we were "open" today. Say what? She wanted to bring her kids over to the farm to "look around."

I'm considering doing a once a month "open house" where people can visit -- bring kids -- make crafts, etc. I may charge for this service. Just considering it.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Rescuing llamas

I am overcome with sadness when I look at the rescue llamas at my farm.
The group that came from the south include a 17-year-old female, whose halter was growing into her face. I'm pretty certain that she's pregnant. And she's at least 80 pounds underweight.

Then there's Icy Mae. She's very hesitant to trust any people at all. Who would blame her?

The two younger llamas are very thin. One has been feeling very sick for the past two days.

Then there's the boys. They are quiet, not trusting, wary of my comings and going in their "safe zone."

It will be a long, long time before they trust. These llamas make me think of people who have been harmed -- and then have difficulty trusting. Shame on those who caused this problem.