The things we do in the name of the alpaca business. On Saturday Zianna was being picked up by her new owners Melita Clark and Mark Hogan of Milagro Meadow Alpaca Ranch. Melita and Mark were also bringing us two of their girls for breeding to our herdsires.
Melita had requested that we run a fecal test on Zianna prior to her going to her new farm. My intention had been to run that test on Friday, but I ran into a problem – no poop. There was, of course, plenty of poop in the pasture but I could not say which was Zianna’s.
There is a method to extract some poop from an alpaca that my vet has shown me, but I really prefer to collect fecal samples that have been deposited on the poop piles. Sometimes though it seems as if you can’t catch sight of the alpaca you want to test when that alpaca is on the poop pile. That was the case with Zianna, no matter how long I waited or how much of a distance I put between the poop pile and me Zianna was not cooperating. Eventually I gave up the wait resigning myself to having to keep an eye on Zianna on Saturday morning and running the test before Mark and Melita arrived.
Saturday morning arrived and as is my routine I took my first cup of coffee over to the front door so that I could look over the front pasture and check on the girls. As I looked across the pasture all of the girls looked calm and relaxed with no one showing signs of being in labor, everything looked good. Then I noticed her; there was Zianna at the poop pile! So it was down with the coffee off to the kitchen for a zip lock bag and then out to the pasture to collect a sample. Was I properly dressed for this mad dash into the pasture – of course not, but hey who cares about pajamas and pink Croc shoes in the pasture when the goal is to collect a poop sample from a particular alpaca. I got my sample and was able to run the test before Melita and Mark arrived – Mission Accomplished!