A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

June 4, 2018

Open Farm Day! Last Until September

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May 7, 2018

Mother’s Day is Special at Windrush Alpacas

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April 9, 2018

Visit Alpacas on Open Farm Day!

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April 2, 2018

It’s Never Taxing at Windrush Alpacas

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Tax deadlines may be looming, but we’ve got a way for you to break away for a few hours. Visit Windrush Alpacas for Open Farm Day on Saturday, April 14! April is a wonderful time to visit the farm. Our alpacas are full fleeced (they’ll be sheared next month!) and are happy it’s Spring too!

While you are here, you will get to personally meet our owners, hear about the daily routine of raising these beautiful animals and get to spend time with our alpaca herd. Alpacas are safe to be around and are very personable! 

Our Farm Store will be open for you to enjoy refreshments and browse the alpaca products we have for sale. Perhaps you’ll find a special pair of socks, shawl, or plush toy to take home with you.

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, April 14 between 10 am and 3 pm!  Make sure your phone or camera is charged – our alpacas love to pose for pictures with you!

Windrush Alpacas farm is located just 1-1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM. Watch our Facebook page for updates http://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.

 

March 12, 2018

Alpacapalooza! This Saturday -March 17!

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March 6, 2018

Open Farm Day is Saturday!

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February 26, 2018

Spring on Over to Windrush Alpacas!

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Spring is just around the corner, and our alpacas are ready for the warmer temps and grass that will begin to sprout up in the next few weeks. We bet you are too! Come outside and spend some time with the alpacas!

Join us for our next Open Farm Day on Saturday, March 10, 2018 ,  to learn about alpacas, see their full winter coats (shearing will take place in April and May) and take a tour of our farm. Visit us anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Our Farm Store will be open for you to enjoy refreshments and browse the alpaca products we have for sale. Who wouldn’t like a new pair of soft, alpaca socks or a bright new scarf for spring?

On an Open Farm Day tour, you will get to personally meet our owners and many of our alpacas. You will learn a bit about each one. (They all have different personalities, you know!) We will explain how we care for them and how their soft fleece is turned into the beautiful yarns, garments and toys that are sold in our Farm Store.

After spending time with our friendly animals, you might even Adopt-a-Paca while you are there! No need to take it home, we’ll care for it. You can visit on Open Farm Day or by appointment. We’ll tell you all about our program when you visit!

Bring your family, your friends, your co-workers and anyone who needs to get outside in the sunshine and join us for this informative and fun day! And don’t forget your camera! Our alpacas love to take selfies with you!

We have ample free parking, it’s free admission for everyone, and we even offer hot and cold refreshments to our visitors. Windrush Alpacas farm is located us 1-1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM. Watch our Facebook page for updates http://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 .

February 5, 2018

Who Doesn’t Love Open Farm Day?

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December 4, 2017

Create New Holiday Traditions at Open Farm Day

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October 18, 2017

Unexpected Treasures

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Sometimes we can try so hard to make things happen, yet our plans don’t work out as expected. Then at other times we discover acts of serendipity, when things just happen without any effort on our part.

Our gardening efforts at the farm have been historically hit and miss. A shortage of water on the farm, dry desert heat and drying winds, lack of time to dedicate to care of the plants, and a distinct lack of green fingers on my part have meant that any crop production has been low.

So imagine my surprise when I recently discovered a bumper crop of pumpkins and sunflowers in the area where we compost the alpaca poop! I’ve tried for years to grow sunflowers on the farm but experienced total failure, pumpkins had never really crossed my mind as I knew that they needed quite a bit of water. Yet here they were happily growing side by side, and in the case of the pumpkins very happily growing.

So had did this bounty happen? Well every fall we ask people to bring us their leftover pumpkins to feed to the alpacas. We feed the pumpkins to the alpacas and the alpacas are very happy. Every day we feed black oil sunflower seeds to the alpacas and the alpacas enjoy eating the seeds. As part of the feeding process some of the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are left on the ground and get raked up when we are raking up the poop piles and off they go to the compost area. In addition to this process last year we had a whole bag of sunflower seeds that got moisture in the bag and molded, so off they went to the compost pile as well.

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The seeds have been sitting there for a while, the alpaca poop has been breaking down into what alpaca breeders like to refer to as black gold, then this year we have been blessed with some rain and poof! Low and behold our bountiful crop appeared!

How cool is that! That Mother Nature did her own thing and created a much better result than all my efforts could produce!

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The pumpkins are about ready to harvest. To start with we will use some to decorate the farm. Once their decoration duties are done we will use some of them to feed to the alpacas, llamas, chickens and guineas. Some of the pumpkins appear to be sugar pumpkins so will be cooked and used for pumpkin pies and cookies, with some cooked pumpkin being reserved in case we need it for a sick animal (pumpkin is an excellent soother of the digestive tract). I was hoping to be able to harvest some sunflower seeds from our sunflowers but our horses Savannah and Saber decided to eat the heads off most of the sunflowers. No wonder their coats are looking so glossy! Hopefully they will leave me at least a few sunflower heads to harvest for next year.

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So where do we go from here. Well my plan for next year, provided we have a chance of rain, is to take a random assortment of vegetable seeds, toss them on the alpaca compost area and let them grow if they wish to. Why toil for vegetables when they apparently do better without me? (Although I probably should consider a horse fence!).

Until next time,

Rosemary

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