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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


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Chi Master visits Sweet Water Alpaca Ranch

Breakfast time

Breakfast time

Recently History2 channel featured Sweet Water Alpaca Ranch in the series Stan Lee's Superhumans. Chi Master Kanzawa Sensei from Japan claims to be able to put any animal to sleep using the ancient art of Chi. He also cured one of my females that had come down with a very strange paralysis that morning. He used Chi on her and within 10 minutes she was fully restored and never had any more symptoms of lameness! It was quite extraordinary!

It was a fascinating day and you can watch the video on Youtube by clicking on the following link:

http://youtu.be/xZ6zG9_zXFc


Monday, August 5, 2013

Sweet Water Alpaca Ranch on TV

Over a year ago the TV series, Stan Lee's Superhumans, filmed a segment at my ranch featuring my alpacas. It is currently being shown on the History2 Channel on Sunday evenings. The episode is called "Beast Masters". My segment features Chi Master Kanzawa Sensei who was flown in from Japan. Mr, Sensei claims he can put any animal into a trance by using mind control.

I will post the link here as soon as History2 has unlocked the video.

What he did after the filming though was most extraordinary as he worked with one of my female alpacas who that same morning was behaving very strangely. She was almost paralyzed in her hind legs and hips as well as not being able to eat as if her jaw was paralyzed. I gave her some Banamine hopeing that would help. As the day went on she showed no improvement. I told Mr. Sensei about her and at the end of the day he went to see her. She was still not able to eat. Mr. Sensei started working on her, standing 4-5 feet away from her, just using his mind and Chi power. We gradually started seing improvement and after about 20 minutes she was fully restored, moving and eating totally normally. She has never had the symptoms again!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

My alpacas featured in music video

At the beginning of the year two of my alpacas, SW Amadeus' Mozart and SW Perfect Storm, were booked to take part in a music video. We trailered to the location in the Antelope Valley and spent the day filming. Here is the Youtube K. Rose video, Booji Girl, featuring my two boys. To see it you can copy and paste the link below into your browser window.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXkXH6DX0-A