Farm News

Palomino’s Eligius – Eli

Eli

“Palomino’s Eligius” or just Eli, was born at approximately 11:00amish, on September 27th, while Susan was at work and as I was returning from my trip to Florida. Going straight to the barn on her lunch break, Susan found the new boy down in the dirt and ready to get on his feet. After some brushing off, drying, and taking care of the essentials of new-born, we have an all white male, sired by “MFI Peruvian Naturalization” and the Dam is “My Peruvian Elayia”, her third cria. His … [Read more...]

Rural Roots Tour

Rural Roots

On September 22nd 2012, Davidson County provided a bus tour of the county called the “Rural Roots Tour” The day long trip included visits to a number varied businesses, and stops at many points of interest through out the county. We were asked to participate as one of the stops and to provide a twenty-minute overview of alpaca farming, show off the animals to a group of 45 people from various places and backgrounds, and to allow time for questions and answers. We received a thank you card from … [Read more...]

From Bottle Fed to Grazing

Arjina

We are into the 350th bottle feeding of "Arjina" the son of Rolex (Magical Farms herdsire). It is difficult but doable, our first experience with the dam who had milk, but would not accept the cria who could not stand, Arjina was 5 weeks early, and totally unexpected for early arrival. Thanks to Dr. Mark Hamerick who was able to milk out some of the colostrum and tubed it di-rectly into his stomach, Arjina is still with us and gaining weight. I then learned that milking an alpaca is much different … [Read more...]