A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

May 7, 2009

The Other Farm’s Hay Always Tastes Better!

It's Not Just The Grass That Is Always Greener On The Other Side!

It's Not Just The Grass That Is Always Greener On The Other Side!

I snapped this photo at the Great Western Alpaca Show.  As some friends and I were getting ready to go out to dinner for the evening we noticed this crafty alpaca sneaking hay from our friend’s stall.

I don’t know what it is about alpacas at shows, but given the chance you will often find them with their heads buried in the hay sack in the neighboring stall.  We are always told to change an alpacas diet gradually but left to their own devices they don’t seem to pay much attention to that rule.

In years gone by when the alpaca industry was not as aware of the need to try and reduce nose to nose contact by alpacas at shows (in order to reduce the spread of any illness or disease) the sight of alpacas stealing hay from each other was quite a common one.

These days’ alpaca owners make more of an effort to try and ensure that their alpacas have minimal contact with alpacas from other farms that are at the same show.  Look at the curtains the alpaca’s owner has put up to try and ensure that her alpacas avoid contact with others.  Unfortunately the alpaca has figured out how to get through those curtains to the tasty hay on the other side.

Realistically I don’t know why we are surprised that alpacas figure out a way to bypass stall curtains, after all they are a herd animal and will seek the company of other alpacas, also they have little to do when at a show apart from eat, watch the world go by and get up to mischief!

Rosemary

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