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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Shearing done

On the carpet.

On the carpet.

It is always so nice to get the alpacas cool for the summer. Shearing was done in May, just in time for the hot weather. Shearing is a busy but fun day and this year we had the help from veterinary students who volunteered for the day.. They were a great help!
Waiting your turn.  So who’s next!

Waiting your turn. So who’s next!

Feeling nice and cool!

Feeling nice and cool!


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Farm visitors

Every weekend we have visitors coming to see and enjoy the alpacas. In particular it is so nice to see the young children loving the alpacas and learning about them. There is so much curiosity about alpacas now. 10 years ago very few people knew what an alpaca was, whereas now many visitors have fallen in love with them on-line and now want to experience them for real. Maybe these are our future alpaca owners.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Farm Day at the Ranch

We had another wonderful National Alpaca Farm Day at Sweet Water Alpaca Ranch. Many families and couples visited and everyone from toddlers to seniors were enjoying spending time with the animals. There were many opportunities to take close up photos and pet the alpacas. We had spinning and weaving demonstrations that facinated everyone.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Nat'l Alpaca Farm Days Success

We had a wonderful first day of the farm days at Sweet Water Alpaca Ranch, with lots of people enjoying mingling with the alpacas, taking pictures and experiencing a day at the ranch. There were many families with children who were facinated by the animals and learning and seeing the processing of the fiber. We had spinning and weaving demonstrations as well as a small gift shop with alpaca items for sale.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Photo shoot

Sweet Water Alpaca Ranch recently had a photo shoot at the ranch for a new bottled water company, Caliwater. It was a fun day and they got some beautiful pictures with my alpacas.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Last cria of the season

My maiden female Truffels kept me waiting for almost 12 months before she finally started the birthing process. It was 10 o'clock on a Friday night! Very unusual as crias are usually born in the mornings!

It proved to be a very difficult event as she was not able to deliver on her own. And of course no vet was availabe at that time of night. So I was the only one to help. I finally managed to get the cria on the ground, a beautiful perfect dark brown girl. Mom was very attentive and allthough I did need to supplement with some bottle milk over the first few days La Luna is now thriving on mother's milk and running around with her friends.

She may turn out to be one of my very best animals as her fiber is absolutely outstanding!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

First crias of the season

Rhapsody's male cria

Rhapsody's male cria

Early morning yesterday I got up and looked out over the aplaca enclosure and saw a little black cria walking around. I ran out and sure enough there was a little girl already dry and on her legs. She must have been born around 4 or 5 o'clock in the morning. The placenta was already there. Mom was obviously Mariana, a female that is bording here.

I did the normal cria care and gave the cria a boost of bottle milk as I didn't think she had nursed (the maiden mom was not quite sure how to behave yet), I went to give my other animals (and myself) their morning feed. I came back an hour later to the birthing pen and noticed my girl Rhapsody was showing signs of labour. She had decided, just like she did 2 years ago, that this was a good day to give birth! 15 minutes later a beautiful boy was born. Rhapsody is a wonderful mom and very attentive to his needs and making sure the other females are keeping at a safe distance.

Both cria are doing really well. They are both from my black male, Perfect Storm. He has thrown all black cria!
1 minute old

1 minute old

Mariana's cria nursing

Mariana's cria nursing

Mariana's female cria

Mariana's female cria


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

AlpacaFest West Show in Norco

We had a very successful show last month in Norco. Over 200 animals competed for the top ribbons. I showed 2 females this year and came in 2nd and 5th. I was proud of my girls.

There was a good number of vendors selling alpaca products, anything from little alpaca toys to beautiful scarves, hats, jackets, sweaters, shawls etc. and alpaca yarn. There was also an alpaca craft competition with people voting for best art/craft work. And it didn't stop there! People could also bid for raw fleece as well as numerous alpaca products in a silent auction.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Isabella, the TV star

In the van

In the van

Recently my girl Isabella appeared in the TV show Modern Family. She first went to a trainer for about 10 days with 2 of her friends to learn the ropes of being on a studio set. She was a quick learner and performed beautifully on the set! Everyone fell in love with her.
Walking the Gray Carpet

Walking the Gray Carpet


Monday, May 12, 2014

Before and After shearing

Kenya before shearing

Kenya before shearing

The first weekend in May all the alpacas were sheared. It had been a hot week the week before and everyone was very happy to get the thick fleece off. It took most of the day to shear the 30 alpacas but with all the volunteers helping with the different chores it all ran very smoothly and we had a lot of fun!
Kenya after shearing

Kenya after shearing

Playtime

Playtime