Friday, March 6, 2009

Alpacas on Pasture

It's so nice to see the alpacas out in their pasture and not holed up in the barn. The grass isn't green yet, but it will soon be. I love that they are soaking up sunshine. In South America (Peru, Bolivia, Chile) they are at a higher elevation and nearer the sun. I always worry they aren't getting enough Vitamin D here.
☼ I shot this picture off my deck with the zoom. They are three acres away.

....and here we have little JR in his spring turtleneck. I think that if the weather continues to be so nice, he can go coatless. Although I dread thinking what his fleece is going to be like. He's so little that all the others eat over top of him and all the VM falls down on his neck and back.

Yesterday I had to drive to Jackson to pick up alpaca feed. This is Kathy and Lew Kukla, our alpaca mentors, who own Luka's Alpaca Ranch. They have become the very bestest friends imaginable. They order several tons of our feed twice a year for several of us alpaca breeders, then we go pick it up, get to visit, and catch up.
☼ Hey, that's the van that I traded the truck and Trailblazer for. I can haul alpacas and feed in it fine. Lots easier that the big clunky horse trailer. I did worry a little on our hour and a half drive home. It drove differently loaded with 1080 pounds of feed. Lew checked the air in my tires before we left and sort of assured us (neighbor Billie and me) that we would be ok.

Here are the 27 forty pound bags of feed in my arena. It's always so much easier to unload. Billie helped me and it was a piece of cake. Now it all gets dumped in to garbage bins so that it stays clean and rodents can't nibble into it.
The feed is called Pac-A-Nutrition that we order through Knoblocks in Kansas. We all believe that this is the very best nutrition that we can provide our alpacas - besides, it's pretty much choke free (which is a nasty problem with alpacas).


Mare said...

Wow! That's a LOT of feed to haul! The herd looks great!

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

Its always nice to have you alpaca cupboards stocked up...and friends/help with those bags..nice photos and little JR looks a sweetie with his little coat on..Jayne

Michele / akkasha said...

I am sure the pacas were happy to be out in the sun. It is great that the snow has melted enough they can go out.

I am sure that the van is a great choice. And wow. That is a lot of feed! It is great that you have alpaca mentors. Everyone I have met involved with alpacas are such giving people.

krex said...

These are the cutest animals ever ! It must be so nice to nuzzle up to something so soft and adorbale .

Crazy Lady with purple fingers said...

It is always so great for the animals to get out and graze in the sun, ours had a few days but now we are back in the deepfreeze, we have had -28 for days now with a cold north wind....and we are birthing out unexpected baby goats....need I say more......Hope your warm weather is there to stay....has been a long cold winter here.

Crazy Lady with purple fingers said...

I had a van for years that hauled animals feed day I picked up a few bags of feed, while I was in the store paying for it, it was loaded for me and off I went not checking it....they had loaded it right in the back door, usually I moved it to the center of the back, this was in the city, and when I went across an intersection and hit a bump and my front wheels were off the ground....could not control the van with the front wheel drive....I always checked after that...too scary...thought after I should have strapped the bags of feed in seats and used seat belts on them...could even have caps they could wear...ha..ha

Anonymous said...

Your photography is fantastic, even at that great distance. And the alpacas, well, I'm just in love with them all. :D