A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

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

October 9, 2017

Plan a Fall Visit to Windrush Alpacas

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September 4, 2017

Open Farm Day is Back at Windrush Alpacas

September is a great time to visit Windrush Alpacas

August 29, 2017

Tributes to Echo, Queen, and Moonie

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Fond tributes to our beloved alpacas:

ECHO

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Echo was born on our farm on October 15, 2006 to our alpaca Bjorn.  Echo’s sire was an alpaca out of Colorado called Spanish Peaks Alpha Centauri (known as A.C.).  We had bred Bjorn to A.C. previously which resulted in a beautiful white female alpaca Windrush Anya.  We liked Anya so much we took Bjorn back to Colorado to be bred to A.C. again. This time we got a beautiful white male alpaca who looked so much like his sire we called him Windrush Echo of Alpha Centauri – and so Echo’s life began.

Echo was, for the most part, a quiet alpaca, but as a cria he used to get up to mischief with his buddy Rascal who was born a couple of months later.  When they were younger, they loved to tear around the pasture together at sundown having “cria races”. Echo and Rascal were great buddies from the moment Rascal was born until Echo’s passing.

Echo was not the biggest of alpacas, but if he didn’t want to do something he sure could put up some resistance!  Echo grew beautiful, shiny, long, white fleece and also grew long toenails very quickly too!  Having his toenails trimmed was not on Echo’s list of favorite things to do.

As Echo matured he became a quiet alpaca who mainly kept himself to himself, with the occasional wrestling match with Rascal and some of the other boys for good measure.  We miss Echo’s quiet presence around the farm. He loved to lie by the big bale of grass hay and stake his claim for his spot at the “dinner table”.  I am sure that Rascal misses his friend Echo too.

QUEEN

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Queen came to our farm at age seven along with her daughter TeQueely. We purchased Queen because she was holding her fleece fineness despite her age. When Queen and TeQueely arrived at our farm we soon learned we had purchased two alpacas who had personality plus.

Queen lived up to her name, she was dignified, independent and strong. Queen loved her crias but they soon learned not to nurse from her when she was eating and when Queen decided to wean her crias there was no going back! We try not to have favorite alpacas but Queen was definitely very special. We are heartbroken at our loss.

MOONIE

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Moonie arrived at our farm about seven years ago along with her friend Betty. Moonie and Betty had been together in one herd for several years, their owner then became unable to care for them and gave them to our friends Bob and Regina Dart.

In time Bob and Regina decided to leave the alpaca business. Moonie and Betty came to stay with us. Both Moonie and Betty had beautiful shiny black fleece despite their advancing years. Moonie was always a thin alpaca, no matter how much food you piled into her she never gained an ounce (and she was always ready to eat!). As thin as she was you might expect her to have health problems but she was strong, healthy and lively. After arriving at our farm, we bred Moonie to our herd sire, Enchantment’s Prince Regent.

Moonie had previously had a beautiful cria out of Regent making us want to repeat that breeding. We were not disappointed when out popped Amazin’ Aimee! Aimee literally came out running. On her feet within seconds of being born, looking around with an expression of “look at me”.

Despite Regent being a white alpaca, Aimee is true black like her mother Moonie. Her fleece is soft, fine and shiny. Moonie was an excellent mother who cared well for Aimee and provided lots of milk. Easy to handle and as sweet and gentle as can be, Moonie had a peaceful presence to her. On the day that we found her ill she nearly had us fooled. While the other alpacas were all up, trembling and staggering around Moonie was sitting peacefully in the pasture chewing her cud. At first, we thought that she was okay but then we realized she had gone completely blind. During her days at the vet clinic Moonie fought so hard to stay alive, but sadly eventually her body couldn’t cope with the effects of the PEM. We had to make the decision to let her go.

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At one point when we thought Moonie was coming home, even though she was still blind, we went out and bought some wind chimes to hang around the girls’ pasture. The wind chimes were to help Moonie find her way to the feed bunks, water, and shelter. We never got to use the wind chimes for Moonie.

After Moonie had passed away we decided to keep the wind chimes. In various cultures, wind chimes are believed to ward away evil spirits. After the last couple of weeks, we could do with something to keep evil spirits away.

We have hung one of the wind chimes in a pasture overlooking the girls’ pen, the other two are on our back screened porch. One of them is inscribed with the words “Enjoy today” – a good reminder that whatever is going on, life is really short and each day should be enjoyed to the fullest. As the wind chimes sound we will forever be reminded of the alpacas we lost – Echo,

As the wind chimes sound we will forever be reminded of the alpacas we lost – Echo, Queen and Moonie – and will cling to the happier memories of their time at the farm. Farewell my sweet alpacas, until we meet again.

We received this gift from the very kind vets and staff at Clovis Veterinary Hospital. The disc contains an imprint of Moonie’s foot. As we were not able to bring Moonie’s body back to the farm for burial due to the need for tissue samples to be sent for testing, it is lovely to have a memento of her. I will probably hang the disc near one of the sets of Moonie’s wind chimes.

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To learn the story about the illnesses that struck our beautiful alpacas, click here.

August 28, 2017

Our Alpacas Missed You! Visit us on Open Farm Day!

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It’s been a long, hot summer! We had a little break from visitors for a couple of months, but now it’s time to open the gates at Windrush Alpacas again! Come on out to Open Farm Day, Saturday, September 9 between 10 am and 3 pm. We missed seeing you!

Our owners will tour you around our farm, tell you all about raising these gentle, soft fleeced animals and give you a chance to get close to some of our herd. You may even get a chance to feed an alpaca! The alpacas love visitors, so be ready to take pictures! We’ve got a couple of alpacas who love to pose – and some like to photo bomb too!

Stop in at the Farm Store, too! Our shelves are fully stocked with a nice variety of alpaca socks, scarves, toys, cushions and more! Feel the softness of alpaca fibers in our products. And be prepared to purchase some nice warm socks for the cooler months ahead.  We’ll have light refreshments at the Farm Store, too.

There is always something interesting to learn and see at Windrush Alpacas. Stop by anytime on Saturday, September 9 between 10 am and 3 pm!

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.

 

May 29, 2017

Summer is Almost Here! Celebrate at Windrush Alpacas

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Newly Shorn boys are waiting for you at WIndrush Alpacas

June is a month filled with celebrations. National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, Corn on the Cob Day, and Best Friends Day. And those biggies too – Father’s Day, Graduations and the first day of Summer! Why not celebrate with your best friend, dad or grad at Windrush Alpacas? Bring them to Open Farm Day, Saturday, June 10 between 10 am and 3 pm.

Our owners will show you and your special someone around our farm, tell you all about raising these gentle, soft fleeced animals, and give you a chance to get close to a couple of our herd. You’ll even be able to feed them! The alpacas will be feeling great as they will all have been recently shorn and will be wearing their short summer coats! Be ready to take pictures! We’ve got a couple of alpacas who are real hams and will pose for you!

Stop in at the Farm Store where we’ll serve refreshments. You can browse our shelves filled with alpaca socks, scarves, toys, cushions and more! Treat Dad to a pair of extreme alpaca sport or hiking socks. Plenty of gifts for grads from pre-school through college too!

June’s Open Farm Day will be our last until September. Don’t miss it! There is always something interesting to learn and see at Windrush Alpacas. Stop by anytime on Saturday, June 10 between 10 am and 3 pm!

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.

May 8, 2017

Treat Mom to a Special Day!

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May 1, 2017

We Bet Mom Never Got This for Mother’s Day!

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Looking for a unique way to tell mom you love her? Spend time with her at Windrush Alpacas Open Farm Day, Saturday, May 13 between 10 am and 3 pm! Tell mom you want to see her smile! Alpacas always make people smile!

At the farm, you and mom will get to personally meet the owners and learn about the daily routine of raising these gentle, soft-fleeced animals. You will even have a chance to feed the alpacas, and if they are up to it, feel their fleece! Some may be newly shorn, others may still have their winter coats!

Bring mom into our Farm Store where we are sure you will find a ‘little something’ to brighten her day, or maybe a soon-to-be graduate, or a June bride and groom. Alpaca yarns are hypo-allergenic, as soft as cashmere and incredibly warm. You can never go wrong when you give a gift made from alpaca yarns.

May is a wonderful time to visit the farm. 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, May 13 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 27, 2017

Hop on Over to Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas

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Bunnies may be the talk of the season, but alpacas – well –  they are in season all year long! Take a break from the ordinary and visit with our lovable herd. Their fleece is long and fluffy now, but not for long. See the alpacas before we shear their winter coats!

Come on out to Open Farm Day, Saturday, April 8 between 10 am and 3 pm.

While you are here, you will get to personally meet our owners, hear about the daily routine of raising these beautiful animals and learn the names of our soft-fleeced friends. They are safe to be around and can be 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 or a hat to place in someone’s Easter basket.

April is a wonderful time to visit the farm. 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 8 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.

 

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