A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

September 11, 2020

The grass is always greener – or is it the water is always cleaner?

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This week saw a sudden change in temperature at the farm – from Summer to Winter overnight! One day it was in the high-90s, the next day temperatures were in the mid-30s and with the strong winds it felt like it was in the 20’s – brr!  We also got a little rain, for which we are always grateful, and that set my mind thinking about water.

When we first purchased alpacas, I remember reading about how alpacas and llamas love fresh water and how important it was to ensure they always had a clean, fresh supply of water.

Over the years we have had various water tubs and buckets, along with a few automatic waterers which are great at providing fresh clean water. The automatic waterers require a much more complicated installation than a bucket and come at a higher price than a bucket, but they really do a good job.

We have spent many hours keeping water buckets clean, scrubbing off algae and removing sand that has been added to the water by water loving alpacas sticking their feet in water buckets, as several of ours like to do.

Many alpacas have a love or water. In the hot months they love to stand in it, they beg to be hosed down on their legs and bellies for a cooling “shower” and they also love to drink it. But somewhere along the line the alpacas didn’t read the alpaca manual about fresh, clean water. Over the 21 years I have had alpacas and have observed alpacas I have learned something – alpacas like tasty water and sometimes that means it’s not clean!

When we have a heavy rainfall at the farm, we often get large pools of water forming. I can guarantee that when that happens, the alpacas will choose to drink from those pools of not such clean looking water rather that drinking from the clean bucket of water that has been set out for them. They will stand with their feet in the pooled water and take long drinks. It’s fun to watch the water travel down those long necks as the alpacas swallow. Sometimes in the summer the pools of water even have tadpoles that have hatched in the water, or toads hopping about the edge of the water, or water bugs or mosquito larvae but the alpacas love that water over the water in the water buckets.

There is more to the alpaca/water relationship than taste though. Like humans, some like their water one way, others like it a different way. Cinnamon and Geraint love to drink the water as it is coming out of the faucet before it hits the tub. When I take a bucket of water over for the chickens Black Prince, Choco and Espresso will meet me the door to the chicken coop and will beg to drink that water from that bucket, even though it is from the very same faucet that the water in their own water bucket came from! Coraline loves to stand in the water, mainly in the spring and summer but sometimes even on cool winter days. Black Prince likes to drink the water as soon as it has hit the bucket, pushing the hose out of the way with his nose so he can do so. When we have a sick alpaca, we might have him or her isolated in a pen so that we can monitor food and water intake. Over the years we have learned that we need to ensure that other alpacas can’t reach the water in the sick alpaca’s pen, as when alpacas see another bucket of water it instantly becomes attractive to them. In alpaca land while the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, it seems as if the water is cleaner (or tastier) on the other side of the fence too!
While I can provide fresh water every day, I cannot stop the alpacas from quenching their thirst from a puddle, no matter how murky that puddle appears to be. They have the choice between that puddle and clean water and somehow I don’t think my chasing them away form that puddle will stop them from drinking it, after all they know I have other things to do and eventually I wont be there to watch them. 

It’s fun to watch the different alpaca personalities with their different preferences for water. At the end of the day if they are drinking water, and the water they are drinking is safe, then I am happy to let them drink the water of their choice.  As Chinese philosopher Confucius said, “A man of wisdom delights in water.”  Apparently, our beautiful alpacas delight in water too!

Read more Stories from the Farm at https://www.windrushalpacas.com/s/stories

February 3, 2020

Spend Your Saturday with Alpacas!

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December 30, 2019

It’s a New Decade & The Perfect Time to Visit Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas

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Open Farm Day Fun at Windrush Alpacas

A new decade means it’s time to find new ways to relax and have fun! Spending time with alpacas is a unique, joy-filling way to do both.  Join us at Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas on Saturday, January 11, 10 am to 3 pm.

Visiting an alpaca farm is a different kind of entertainment and a great way to be outdoors. A tour of our farm is a wonderful way to get in touch with nature! You will learn why we chose to raise alpacas and how we care for them. Our alpacas each have a name, and very different personalities. You’ll get to feed them and feel their soft fleece. A visit to the farm is a true hands on experience.

While here, stop in our Farm Store. We sell toasty, warm alpaca products. Warmer than wool and softer than cashmere, we have luxuriously soft alpaca scarves, gloves, mittens, and hats… and everyone’s favorite, socks and slippers.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served at the Farm Store. If it’s a little too cold, we’ll bring one of the alpacas inside too for you to visit with and feed.

Start your new year in a new way.  And if you’ve been here before, come again! There is always something interesting to learn and see at Windrush Alpacas. Stop by anytime on Saturday, January 11 between 10 am and 3 pm!  Be ready for plenty of picture taking too!

Windrush Alpacas farm is located just 1-1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM. Watch our Facebook page for updates www.facebook.com/WindrushAlpacas.

For more information, call us at 575-683-5177 or visit our website at www.windrushalpacas.com, shop online at http://www.windrushalpacas.net/store/ , or sign up for our newsletter at http://eepurl.com/xhiwn! Learn more about our Adopt-a-Program here http://www.windrushalpacas.com/pages/2087/adopt-a-paca

September 24, 2019

Fallpacapalooza is this Saturday! We Want to See You There!

September 10, 2019

Fallpacapalooza 2019

Mark your calendars for September 28, 2019!

It’s time for Fallpacapalooza.

This year’s proceeds will go to support the Senior Hearts Prom – The Special Hearts Prom is an event for individuals with special needs held each Spring.

There will be an Alpaca Feeding! Alpaca VIP Meet & Greet! Bouncy Castle! Games! Bake Sale! Food and more!

A family fun day of games and fun! ​

Fallpacapalooza will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2019 10 am to 3 pm MST.​

Entry to event – only $10 per carload!

Grab your friends and neighbors and come out to have some fun!​

Help us to make the 2020 Special Hearts Prom a magical and memorable night!

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with announcements related to Fallpacapalooza!

Booth vendors needed. Promote your business, organization or yourself!

Contact us for more information

Email: windrush@plateautel.net Phone 575 683 5177

or send us a message via our Facebook page!

August 13, 2019

Red Full Moon Alpaca Yoga

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May 1, 2019

Behind the Scenes at Open Farm Day – Part Two

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How We Make Open Farm Day Happen

Last month I wrote a little about how Open Farm Day started and the purpose behind Open Farm Day. This month I will let you know how we make that happen.

Our preparations for Open Farm Day start immediately after the last Open Farm Day finishes. When the last party has left for the day, we pick up the signs, roll up the banner, close down the store and go in and have a well-earned lunch!

We usually have our faithful volunteers with us (more about them later!). As we eat lunch we talk about the day and discuss ideas such as items for the store or things we need to do to make Open Farm Day even better.

Lunch is usually something that can survive several hours in a slow cooker, as often it is well past 3 pm by the time we get to sit down and eat. Once lunch is over, we then have to feed all the animals on the farm. While the female alpacas have usually had lots of tasty treats from visitors during Open Farm Day the rest of the animals on the farm are awaiting their evening feed.

The next few days after Open Farm Day are spent ordering inventory for the store. Some of the products we carry in the store can be ordered quickly but other products take quite a time to restock. Dryer balls have to be made – a process that involves putting together the fleece to be used, lightly needle felting them to shape, decorating them with color and then putting them through a process to felt them and dry them.

The goats milk soap for our alpaca felt covered soaps takes three weeks to dry once it has been made. I order the soaps from my soap making friend Rena in order to get it here in time. Then I apply the felt cover using a wet felting process and get the soaps to dry once more.

Our beautiful alpaca rugs are made in a small town in Texas. To get the rugs made we first decide how much of each color of fleece we want to send. Then we go through that fleece to remove as much dust and vegetable matter as we can (a process called skirting). Next we ship the fleece to Texas and then wait for the rugs to be made.

The mill works fleece on a first come first served basis and it can take two to three months before our rugs are ready to come back to us. Products made through the various fleece cooperatives we work with are often easier to access, but they too are subject to where our fleece is in the “fleece pipeline”. The boutique yarns that are made solely from our fleece typically take 6 -8 weeks to process.

So, you see it can be quite a juggling act to keep products stocked in the store!

Once products arrive at the farm, they are entered in to inventory, labeled and then put on display. Excess products are stored so we can find them quickly should a product need replenishing during a busy Open Farm Day

While all of this is happening, we also have to come up with the advertising for the next Open Farm Day. For this I have the assistance of my wonderful Virtual Assistant Diane Sweeney. Diane has been working with me for 5 years and is a vital part of the Windrush Alpacas team. Diane comes up with the ad copy for advertising for Open Farm Day, submits the ads to a long and growing list of resources who help us advertise our Open Farm Days, and keeps me on track for getting the newsletter written so that we can stay in touch with our customers and fans.

There is a lot to do to prepare for each Open Farm Day, but thankfully over the years we have streamlined the process. Because in addition to preparing for Open Farm Day, we still have to keep the farm running, schedule and run farm visits and do all of the mundane paperwork that comes with running a business!

But I so enjoy what I do! Especially for our visitors!

 

Next up: Open Farm Day – The final preparations

April 8, 2019

Family Fun at Open Farm Day this Saturday

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January 28, 2019

Love Alpacas? We’ve Got Plenty to Love at Windrush Alpacas!

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 9 for our next Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas! Our alpaca herd are sweethearts and they will be happy to be your Valentine! Especially when you feed them!

Bring your special valentine, children, parents, cousins and friends. Our alpacas have plenty of heartwarming smiles to share – and they LOVE attention!

Tour the farm from 10 am to 3 pm and learn all about these wonderfully unique animals. Rosemary and Ric, Windrush Alpaca owners, will tell you about alpaca habits, what they eat and how we care for them. You may have a chance to pet an alpaca and feel the incredibly soft fleece!

Don’t let cold keep you away! Our toasty warm Farm Store will be open for you to browse (and buy!) a wide variety of socks, scarves, hats and other products made with alpaca fleece. And if we have to, we’ll even bring an alpaca inside! You’ll get hot chocolate – the alpaca will get your love!

We always offer free admission, free parking and free refreshments. Come join us 1-1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM for a unique and fun day you can enjoy with your whole family.

For more information, call us at 575-683-5177 or visit our website at www.windrushalpacas.com. Also, you can Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WindrushAlpacas and shop online at http://www.windrushalpacas.net/store/ and sign up for our newsletter!

November 5, 2018

Almost Time for Fallpacapalooza!

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