Saturday, November 29, 2008
Since we have started to shear, we have had very threatning weather. So we have had to move the alpacas to protective paddocks, where they have shelter from rain and wind. Whilst doing this last Thursday night, in the middle of a huge rain storm, hailstonesthe size of cricket balls, soi was moving all the alpacas, each group had to be moved to a different part of the farm. The alpacas did not want to move. I was moving the alpacas in my car, when all of a sudden, it sounded as though a omb went off, and i was the centre of the bomb. A huge golden flash before my eyes, and all around the car.Yes, the car had been struck by lightening, i was just so scared, i thought i had died and had gone to heaven, i could not believe it. Elyse came running over to see if i was alright, Rob heard it as far away as in the house.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Primera and Dakota look s though they have settled in, and enjoying the life in Laakdat, Belgium
But who wouldn't enjoy the fabulous facilities at ALpacalandgoed, in Belgium.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Well, the alpacas destined for Canada, have had to have a delay in their delivery date, due to most of them putting on too much weight. No-one expected the group weight to increase by 55 kg, in less than 2 months. We are starting our summer on Monday, and already we have had a few days up around 36 degrees F, which is very unusual for this time of the year. I think this indicates we are going to have a very hot summer. These guys have been feeling it, and even though we hand trimmed an average of 2 kgs off each alpaca (they were weighed after we took the 2kgs of fleece off ewach alpaca, hping to reduce their weight). ALthough we still have to remember these alpacas will be arriving in the middle of winter in Canada, and there will most likly be snow there, but we have not have them overheating as well in our hot summer. So we decided to take their fleeces back even more, as they have a bit of time to grow it back. they were so glad of having theie fleeces shorn, they all just layed on the table, and did not complain one bit, and as you can see, as they are placed back into their paddock, they are as happy as can be with their new haircut.
Mariah Hill Alpacas have always bred fine, without sacrificing the style, handle, density, coverage, but with increased Lustre, increasing the frequency of crimp, and heavy staples, preferring the matchstick style staples.
With Australia's Ultra Fine fleece bale in Mind, a great detail has been taken this year to prepare all the fleeces, and although the alpacas had previouslt been sorted out in the colours and microns prior to shearing.
The rain, gale and storms we had this weekend, proved that all the alpacas had to put together as a herd for protection from the winds and rain.
Elyse though had made detailed planning on how she was going to manage the shearing shed.
She had studied shearing shed managment at her wool classing courses at Deakin University in Geelong. Elyse has also assisted in fleece sorting at AAFl, which has given her a great understanding of fleeces, and how it is expected the fleeces to be handed in.
We are also very lucky at this farm, that are fleeces keep considerably clean from debris. they can be dusty though, especially over the past couple of years, after almost 10 years of drought, our land like others is drying out.
and although we do get good rainfall, this year is the first time, i have seen dust come off our alpacas, even just after a rain storm.
this video is of Adele', who is on her way to Canada, although the pictrure may not be overly clear, as i took this with my mobile phone, you can still identify the high lustre her fleece holds.
super soft handle, and superb high frequency, even crimp style. I hope you enjoy the video.
The shearer is Mike Snow, my husband ROb, and a friend and fellow alpaca breeder Ed, also assisted in handling the alpacas, placing on tables, and feeding the alpacas to the shearer.
You can see here, that Mike is shearing with two tables, so as one is being shorn, the other table, the shorn alpacas is unloaded off the table, and the the next one is placed on the table.
We were lucky today to Have also a fellow alpaca breeder Rose Thorougood helping us, that was fantastic, as it was her birthday. Sam was not feeling well, but she was really wanting to come and help, thanks Sam, we really appreciate that you have a great heart, and wanted to help us.
And of course, if it was not for elyse, what can i say, she is the heart beat of our alpaca ranch, both Rob and I are so grateful to have such a gorgeous daughter that is always there for us both.
Friday, November 21, 2008
i have heard along a grape vine of some rumors spread about myself and our farm.
Please anyone who does hear these unfounded rumors, ignore them.
All industries seem to have the ones that will spread and enjoy listening to rumors.
usually like in this case they are all unfounded, and usually set to upset business for others.
My husband, daughter and i work on the principle, to do the right thing by others, and that is all we try to do.
we do not spread rumors, and sick of those who do.
Hopefully, these will go full circle to the one who has started these rumors.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Conf F 100
Spin F 16.3
Date tested 29/10/08
Friday, November 14, 2008
Black Onyx, is such a georgeous male, although he now knows how to work, he is starting to be a bit of a macho.
One of the finest Black working males icurrently in Australia, Black onyx is now on his way to being another top stud male for the Alpacalandoged in Belgium.
One of the leading Alpaca studs in Belgium, run by Yvonne and Olivier .
Just before he was shorn and has gone into Quarantine for New Zealand first, we took him down to a lake just near our home. He really loves posing for photos, and has the most georgeous personality. He has started working young, and we do have a number of females now pregnant to him, so although he is on his way to Europe, we hope that we will be able to still have a part of him in his future offspring. as i am writing this blog, i have the rainbow lorikeet dancing on my arm, tickling my finger, and smooching up to me, it is a bit difficult to type and have a loriket balanced on your hand.
You can see him in a previous post
s due to be delivered to Auckland on 7/12/08.
A good size group, and as usual, it seems always the day we shear, and then enter the group into quarantine, it rains.
We have heaters in quarantine, and it seems always the first day those heaters are on.
The weather is rediculous at the moment, 1 week ago the alpacas went in at 15 degrees, then it immediately went to a couple of beautiful days of 22 and 24 degrees.
Before we knew it we had 2 days of 36 degrees, and today it is going to be 18, at the moment it is 13 degrees.
The alpacas seem to be coping well.
we have more males in this shipment, than females, and as tou can see the males and females are kept separated.
We have received the first results, all negative, which is good.