Friday, April 12, 2013

Boy, I haven't posted here in a while!  Got busy with living I guess.  I did reduce my alpaca herd.  We have just four older girls left who are living in retirement here on the farm.  We've added a small flock of chickens and are enjoying fresh eggs, and of course we still have the cattle.  My girls are all grown up and have both moved away but still no grandchildren.  For the most part life is good!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sale! Sale! Sale!

Due to some medical issues (same old, same old) I have been "encouraged" to decrease the size of my breeding herd.  The irony of the timing of this edict isn't lost on me,  but nevertheless I'm attempting to comply by having a "Please buy my alpacas so I don't have to take them to auction" sale.  If you go to my website, or my alpacanation site,  you will see that I have drastically reduced the price on several of my proven females.  These ladies all have something to offer and the price could not be more attractive.  With these girls, you get a breeding to the Cedar Breaks herdsire of choice, a free rebreed, and financing can be arranged.  Really, if you ever wanted to breed alpacas now is the time.  Don't let the low prices fool you.  These are good girls who absolutely know what they are doing even if you don't.  Thanks for looking.  Now,  I'll watch and see if you're paying attention!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Winter's End

This winter has been a bear in Kansas and across most of the U.S.  We've had odd, out of place, and extreme weather north to south, west to east.  I am now, officially, done!  It's still cold, and muddy here, with mixed precipitation.  The 'pacas handle this chilly damp mess with no problem but I've had it!  I'm ready to clean out the sheds, do the herd health, and start cutting grass.  March is always difficult because spring is so near and the weather is usually so miserable.  I remember, as a kid, I'd stand on the chair in the living room and practice diving into an imaginary pool, barely able to wait for the crocuses and daffodils to emerge.  I'm not a lot more patient now!

So, Old Man Winter, this is my official notice!  Get out of town!  I have cria to halter train, nails to trim, and beans to rake, and I don't want to spend the time with you!  OK, I feel better now!  Sigh

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Alpacas and Politics

I have met so many wonderful people in the alpaca industry.  There are people from all age groups and walks of life that are united only by the love of alpacas and concern for their welfare.  Almost universally, they respond quickly and with the best intentions to any problem or query another breeder poses.  Really, a bunch of kind hearted, and generous people.

My only problem is that I often find myself gritting my teeth at the political  positions and, dare I say, rantings of some who are committed bunnyhuggers. This would be understandable and bearable if I wasn't afraid that the soul of the industry was at stake.  After all, this is America, with freedom of speech, the right to assemble, and the right to be a raving looney on either side of the board as long as you aren't threatening anyone.  I can certainly attest that I haven't felt threatened by a bunnyhugger lately!

So for anyone who cares...and I won't have my feelings hurt if you don't, here is my take on the alpaca industry and US politics  in general.  Alpacas are livestock, not pets.  Yes, they are cute, but they also are hard work to raise and breed responsibly. I would like the government to "get out"  my business and bedroom  BUT if tax advantages are available, you can bet your bottom that I will be taking advantage of them.  Lastly,  all livestock industries need an end use for their product. None of us live forever and alpacas don't either.  If some want to maintain fiber animals long past their prime fiber producing years that is fine.  Then they are called pets.  But in the US alpaca industry we need a shearling, meat, or leather market so these animals have a place to go after their fiber producing value is diminished.  This outlet would increase rather than decrease the value and standard of care for the US alpaca herd in general.

OK. Off my soap box now.  Tomatoes and accolades will both be accepted.  Thank you for your time.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Saturday, November 13, 2010

It's that time of year when we begin to dream of warmer climes. Maybe this is what Monty and Evelyn are dreaming about!
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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Daylight Savings Time on the farm

As the annual debate on daylight savings rages, I thought a moment of perspective from the farm might be useful.

Tomorrow morning when the rest of America is sleeping in I'll be up in the dark as usual. The dog is the first one that I can't seem to explain the concept to. She doesn't seem to appreciate the purported energy savings. The whining will begin at the normal time regardless of what the clock says. While alpacas are fairly forgiving where time is concerned, I've taken the precaution of leaving the pasture gate open. So if I'm able to placate the dog maybe I can catch a nap! I shudder to think what Holstein cattle think of arbitrarily changing milking time!