A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

September 3, 2009

It’s That Time of the Year Again

Time for National Alpaca Farm Days!  This year the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association has scheduled National Alpaca Farm Days for September 25 and 26, 2009 which is great except that those are also the dates of the alpaca show at the New Mexico State Fair.

This year Ric is the show superintendent for the New Mexico State Fair and so it will be difficult for us to hold our National Alpaca Farm Days Open Day when Ric, at least, will be away at the State Fair (I am still trying to figure out if I too can attend the State Fair even if only for a day, that will depend on us finding a reliable farm sitter)

The State Fair was not willing to reschedule the dates of the alpaca show, so we have decided to hold our National Alpaca Farm Days celebration a little early.  On September 12, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. we will hold an Open Farm Day in celebration of National Alpaca Farm Days.  During the Open Farm Day we will conduct pasture tours, give brief educational presentations, have some fiber arts demonstrations and we will also have the farm store open for business.  With Christmas rapidly approaching our Open Farm Day will be a great opportunity for people to do some early Christmas shopping.  Of course Willow’s new cria will be a favorite I am sure and hopefully by then Bjorn will have had her cria too (she’s due today!).  Visitors to the farm always like to see the new crias.

For now we are busy working on marketing the event to the local community and hope that we will have a good turnout.

If you are not in the Clovis area and would like to attend a National Alpaca Farm Day event you can go to the National Alpaca Farm Day website where you can locate participating farms in your area.  If you are in the Clovis area we hope to see you at our early National Alpaca Farm Day celebration on September 12.

Rosemary

September 15, 2008

It’s Back! The Second National Alpaca Farm Days Is Almost Here

2008 National Alpaca Farm Days Poster

2008 National Alpaca Farm Days Poster

For the second year the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) has coordinated National Alpaca Farm Days in order to increase the public’s awareness of alpacas.  For alpaca owners, alpaca lovers and those who have yet to meet an alpaca National Alpaca Farm Day’s provides an easy opportunity to find an alpaca farm or ranch to visit.

 

The date for this year’s event is September 27 and 28 and once again the National Alpaca Farm Days web site has been set up, complete with interactive map to help people find the nearest participating farm or ranch.    Once you get to the National Alpaca Farm Days web site at www.nationalalpacafarmdays.com just click on the “Find a Farm Near You” tab on the left hand side of the screen and the interactive map will appear, complete with search fields for you to enter.  You can enter just the state you wish to visit, the town you live in or even a specific farm name if there is a particular farm you wish to visit.  Do note that the interactive map comes up as a pop-up screen so if you have a pop-up blocker installed on your computer you will need to temporarily disable it.

 

Windrush Alpacas will again be taking part in National Alpaca Farm Days and will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 27.  We will have free refreshments, tours of the farm, educational presentations on alpacas, alpaca products and of course plenty of opportunity to meet an alpaca.  I can’t say for sure that we will have any new crias by then, but you never know!

 

So mark your calendars and come and visit us on September 27, we will look forward to seeing you then!

 

Rosemary

September 7, 2008

Ivanna Gets a Gift

Ivanna, the recipient of a kind gift from a farm visitor

Ivanna, the recipient of a kind gift from a farm visitor

 

 Our Open Farm Day went well, we had good attendance and as usual enjoyed meeting our visitors.  For some it was their first visit to our farm, for others it was their first time seeing an alpaca up close and others have been to visit us before and wanted to come and visit us again.

 

The weather was reasonable until later in the afternoon, but fortunately we had the air conditioned studio where people could cool down and enjoy some cold lemonade and cookies.

 

We had a lot of children visit us this time with their families and it was wonderful to see their fascination with the alpacas.  We were impressed with how many of the children remembered the things we talked about during the course of the visit, a good indication that they were interested in alpacas and had been listening to what we said.

 

Regent and Asteroid behaved well when we used them to demonstrate the various traits of alpacas and what traits are common in the camelid group.  The boys did get a little restless after a while but as we were discussing them while standing in front of the girls pasture that was hardly surprising.

 

For Mags and Song, the two orphaned crias, the visitors were a little too much excitement and Mags started to revert to some of his inappropriate behavior.  We didn’t feel it was fair on Mags to challenge him with dealing with so many visitors and so put him in a pen with Song away from the visitors.  He soon settled down to a relaxing day eating hay away from all of the activity.

 

One group of visitors experienced the fun of giving the alpacas a “shower”.  The girls all came running once they realized the hose was turned on and then there was the usual jostling to see who could get closest to the hose and hog the water.  Ma Cushla, our gray alpaca did her usual trick of drinking from the hose and TeQueely’s cria Pride decided that the standing water on the ground was much tastier than the water in the various buckets and waterers in the pasture.  Apparently hose water and dirty water is much more appealing than clean fresh water!

 

We were also fortunate to experience the kindness of our visitors when Joy, Matthew, Barbara, Gemma and Aubrey from Lubbock, Texas showed up with a gift for our alpaca Ivanna – some sterile water!  The family had read on the blog about Ivanna’s allergies affecting her eyes and our not being able to find any sterile water in Clovis and so brought Ivanna some sterile water.  What a wonderful gesture, their kindness truly touched us, and we are sure Ivanna will appreciate their gesture too as the sterile water soothes her irritated eyes.  Thank you all!

 

So now we look forward to our next Open Farm Day, which is scheduled for September 27 as part of National Alpaca Farm Days.  If you happen to be in the area at that time come over and join us, we would love to meet you.

 

Rosemary

July 24, 2008

Coming this September to an alpaca farm near you

National Alpaca Farm Days will again take place this year.  The dates have been set for September 27 and 28 and the publicity is ramping up for the event.  Last year many farms reported lots of visitors during National Alpaca Farm Days and this year we hope the response will be the same.

 

National Alpaca Farm Days was created to have one weekend when alpaca farms all over the US are open to the public in order to have a concentrated effort to introduce people to alpacas, alpaca products and the alpaca lifestyle.  It is up to individual farms to decide the times they will be open and if they want to be open both days, one day or not open at all.

 

We will be open for National Alpaca Farm Days on the Saturday (September 27) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., we are also planning on having an Open Farm Day on September 6 so that will be two times during the month of September that people can visit the farm.

 

In preparation for the event we have started to order alpaca products for our store and will be working on press releases and other publicity.

 

For alpaca breeders who are members of the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) there is information on the AOBA members website www.alpacaowners.com on to how to sign up for the event.  You will need your user name and password to log in, but once you are logged in the sign up process is easy and there are several informational documents to help you get started in publicizing the event in your area.

 

The National Alpaca Farm Days website www.nationalalpacafarmdays.com for now has a temporary static page set up, but come September 1st the page will feature an interactive map listing participating farms contact information and pinpointing where each participating farm is located.

 

So if you are looking to pay us a visit, mark you calendar for either our Open Farm Day on September 6 or National Alpaca Farm Days on September 27 and we will look forward to seeing you then!

 

Rosemary

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