A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

March 24, 2009

And The Latest Visitors Are…


Donna Given and her alpaca Marti.  Donna and her daughter Tamara Garel own Kiss Me Alpacas in Bandera, Texas and are long time customers of ours.  Last spring they brought us three of their alpaca girls for breeding Marti, Celeste and Cariad.


Celeste was bred to Windrush Jennifer’s Zindel and delivered a beautiful beige daughter on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), Cariad who is a daughter of our Enchantment’s Prince Regent is due to deliver any day now.  Cariad was bred to our Windrush Moonlight Surprise so we soon will have another Moonie cria on the ground.


Marti unfortunately lost her pregnancy in the seventh month of gestation.  The seventh month can be a tricky time in a pregnancy as that is when the fetus really starts to put a demand on the dams system.  Donna and Tamara rushed Marti to the vet when they realized she might be aborting her cria, the vet kept Marti in for observation but unfortunately was unable to stop her from losing her cria.  Following the loss of the cria Donna and Tamara had blood work run on Marti and the cria was also examined, but the vet was unable to establish a reason for Marti having lost her cria.


So Marti is coming back to us for rebreeding and hopefully this pregnancy will go to term without any problem.


It will be good as always to see Donna, Tamara had to stay at home to keep an eye on Cariad and also had to work so was unable to travel with Donna.


I do hope the weather stays warm as Donna and Tamara had their shearing day last weekend and so Marti is newly shorn.  Our forecast did mention the chance of snow on Friday – I hope it doesn’t get that cold or poor Marti will really feel it!


Should it turn really cold we can always pen Marti in a stall inside one of the barns with some deep straw and I even have a blanket she can wear if need be.  Fingers crossed though the temperatures will stay warm enough where all we will get is some gentle rain – we need the moisture but for Marti’s sake I am really hoping that the snow stays away!



January 9, 2008

The Grandkids (and Great Grandkids) Are Coming

Cariad and Copper Chai        Celeste and Skye

We heard today from our friends Donna Given and Tamara Garel of Kiss Me Alpacas in Bandera, Texas that they will be coming to visit us at the beginning of March.

We always enjoy Donna and Tamara’s visits, they of course love to talk alpaca and are just good company.  There have been several times that Donna and Tamara have driven up to help us on shearing day and they are both hard workers who don’t hesitate to jump in and help where needed.

This time when they come to visit Donna and Tamara will be bringing four of their girls for breeding Rana, Celeste, Marty and Cariad.   Cariad was one of the first offspring of our herdsire Enchantment’s Prince Regent and Donna and Tamara fell in love with her on a visit to our farm and ending up buying her.  It is hard not to fall in love with Cariad; she has one of the prettiest alpaca faces, a gorgeous fleece and is also quite the character.   Cariad is the cria whose picture features on the home page of our web site at www.windrushalpacas.com

It will be interesting to see how Cariad reacts to coming back here, Cariad’s dam Ivanna is still at the farm and I would bet that the two will recognize each other.  This time though Cariad will be coming with a cria of her own, a lovely medium brown boy called Copper Chai and of course I can’t wait to meet one of my alpaca “great grand kids”.

Celeste too will have a cria with her during her visit; Skye is the first cria out of our herdsire Windrush Moonlight’s Surprise and from his photos bears a striking resemblance to his sire.  It will be lovely to get a chance to see him in person and get to know the little guy.  His sire is an absolute sweetheart and I hope that Skye has inherited Moonies easygoing nature too.

Rana, Celeste and Marty are not strangers to the farm either.  Rana and Celeste were boarded here for over a year while Donna and Tamara set up their property, and both Rana and Celeste delivered their first crias here.  Rana is a large alpaca and one that you can guarantee will be first in line for food in the morning.   Celeste is a sweet girl who is very easy to manage and Marty is one of Celeste’s crias who is as sweet as her dam.  Marty came here with Celeste on a previous occasion and so hopefully she will feel comfortable returning.  Marty has a superfine fleece and it will be interesting to see in time what sort of a cria she produces.

We will look forward to the arrival of the “Kiss Me Girls” and start planning how we are going to spend our time enjoying Donna and Tamara’s company. 


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