The past week just seemed to evaporate! It’s hard to imagine where the time goes or is it? Of course there was the distraction of Theresa’s new cria to keep us occupied. Theresa’s cria is a sweet and lively little thing, exploring the pasture, coming up to see what we are doing, giving cria kisses and taking off on cria races around the pasture. She is now up to 20.8 lbs and she and Theresa are back in with the main herd. Theresa is a very protective dam and will not take any nonsense from the older crias who might think they are going to play rough with her baby!
Sunday (November 15) saw the end of the early bird discount for stalls at the TxOLAN Alpaca Spectacular which will be held February 12- 14, 2010 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. We always try and enter alpacas in the TxOLAN Alpaca Spectacular and it’s great to be able to get discounted stalls and so we needed to make our decision this week as to which alpacas will attend the show. We are lucky to have many alpacas to choose from but show expenses soon mount up and we can’t take them all. We ended up registering our two new junior herdsires Biscotti and Champ and our Prince Regent daughter Chandra. Show results from different shows and different judges can do a lot to enhance your Junior Herdsires breeding career, shows also provide an opportunity to showcase your junior herdsire in front of other alpaca breeders who might be interested in booking breedings to him. With Chandra our motivation in showing her is a little different. As our one and only Prince Regent daughter on the farm (the others have all sold or belong to our clients) we are curious to see how she places in the competitive white classes. Our intention is for her to become part of our foundation herd so it will be good to get feedback from a judge as to Chandra’s strengths and weaknesses. With her dense, fine fleece, correct conformation, graceful presence and her Prince Regent head (her sire has a beautiful head style which Chandra has inherited) we are hopeful that Chandra will walk away with a ribbon.
Of course the TxOLAN Alpaca Spectacular also has a fleece show and we will be sending in entries to that too, but I have a little more time to get those entries in the system. Once entered though I then need to get busy skirting the fleeces in preparation for the show – February will soon come around.
We also had several enquiries during the week from people interested in learning more about alpacas, the alpaca lifestyle and what it takes to start up and run a successful alpaca business. It’s always great to spend time talking to people interested in alpacas and to share with them some of the knowledge we have gained over the years. I still remember the excitement Ric and I felt in the days when we were researching the alpaca business and the kindness of the alpaca breeders we spoke to at that time. It is nice to now be able to “pay it forward” and share our knowledge with those looking into bringing alpacas into their life.
Add to those activities the daily chores, some behavior tests of bred females, some toe nail trimming, work on our websites, preparation for next weekend’s Open Farm Day, and work on a knitting project that someone has asked me to make and I guess it’s hardly surprising that our week disappeared before our eyes. No complaint here though as it is fun work, a great lifestyle to be living and beats shuffling papers in an office any day!