Sunday 21 December 2014

Driving home for Christmas.

We save the home paddock for mid-winter, so that with short daylight hours and poor weather, we don't have so far to trek, to feed and water the herd. Yesterday we brought them over, and they LOVE a change of grazing:
Out of the paddock and into the avenue - Golden Delicious neck-and-neck with Empress;
Round the first bend and up the track, Golden Delicious takes a commanding lead, leaving her baby, Flamenco in 7th place;
Congestion at the paddock entrance as the stragglers arrive, but they are just as eager;
They all head for the rolling pit, as if they've missed it for two months!
It's first come, first served, room for 3 rolling at a time, so the others get down to the new grazing;
Wait for me!
Grazing next to their shelter, beside the garden;
We planted some conifers that had out grown their pots, and the alpacas love to straddle them, to scratch their bellies and rub their coats against them;
We gave them all a shot of vitamin ADE, and checked faecal worm counts for a couple, part of our periodical health monitoring.
Wishing you all, whether breeders, potential alpaca owners, or just interested in alpacas, a very Happy Christmas, and thank you for your involvement and comments over the last 12 months! All the best for 2015.


  1. Great to see the herd racing towards the new grass - love that. It's possible that instead of rubbing their bellies on the conifers they have actually taken up pole dancing! Have a great Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. Shirley & Robbie