Tuesday, October 7, 2014
And suddenly, we've got sheep. We never intended to have sheep, it just happened that way.
A few months ago we sold a package of female alpacas to a couple that wanted to change away from the Wiltipolls that they currently kept on their property, As part of the deal we agreed to take four pregnant ewes in part exchange.
It’s all part of our aim here to be as self sufficient as possible; while we’re certainly not eco-activists, we do care about knowing where our food comes from and how it’s raised.
So now the first two have given birth and we have spring-loaded lambs bouncing around one of the home paddocks. They do, of course have their own, personal alpaca guard – woe betide the fox that tries anything, I wouldn’t argue with her.
Got to admit that they are cute but I’m not going to get too attached – we have to remember what they’re here for.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
We’re getting towards the tail end of the showing season here, just two more to go before shearing and mating starts in earnest.
Tomorrow is Strathalbyn Show (it’s a public holiday weekend here). Strath is one of my favourites – it’s our closest for a start, only about 40 minutes from the farm gate. It’s a great, traditional, country agricultural show, a real family event with a well supported alpaca show.
This year we’re taking a team mostly made up of juniors on their first outing. So, less than 24 hours away and guess how many have had a halter on before?
And there’s a suri to do… We like a challenge.