Monday, June 16, 2014

Summertime Again

Whew! I'm sure glad that I managed to pull together a team (even if it was only two other people - THANK YOU Kevin and Tonia!) to get my alpacas sheared.  Well, most of my alpacas.  As it was, we decided to do Kevin and Tonia's alpaca, Bentley, first so we could put him in the yard.  While shearing Bentley, Snow Prince decided to take a dip.  So Snow Prince is left to shear, but we got my other 11 alpacas sheared.  By the end of the day, I was coated in dust - every inch of me.  I even had a mud mustache!

What's even more, Cocoa Puff still liked me after we sheared her.  She is such a cute little thing! I love her personality;  she makes up for her mother's lack of manners.

Even though I was exhausted, once Tonia and Kevin left, I still had to fill stock tanks and feed everyone.  Much to my surprise, I had a new BFL ewe lamb!  She is a momma's girl and has a big voice to let Momma know that she is lost.  Cute little thing.  So now I have another BFL X Border Leicester ewe lamb for sale.  This will be #5. Total lamb count for 2014 = 25 - 7 ewe lambs, 18 ram lambs.

As much as I don't like hot weather, it is knocking at my door.  Caring for all the animals is more challenging with hot weather.  Stock tank water gets warm and electrolytes need to be added to buckets of water so that everyone has the necessary minerals in their bodies to fight the heat.  After the winter we had, I'm not going to bad mouth the hot weather because caring for everyone was a real challenge especially keeping water liquid and buckets filled.  Let's hope we don't have another old-fashioned winter for a few more years.