We have been working on a second pasture for a few years.
Always picking away at the area we designated that would eventually give our alpacas another area to graze in.
Because our field has been sufficient for the girls, it was not something we had to do, but knew it would be beneficial one day.
But Baxter and Ace are now making it a reality.
We hired a company that will install the pasture fence this week and prompted us to prepare the area.
We've been walking the fence line and removing all unnecessary brush and debris to make the job easier for the crew.
Weed trees are coming down, rocks are being removed, ground leveling and grading are in process.
There is much more to be done once the fencing is complete: more land grooming, fertilizer, and pasture grass need to be sown.
This project was initiated from the coming need to separate the boys so that they are not cohabitating with the females when they are mature.
But Baxter and Ace won't be moving into this space for several months.
I can't imagine the two boys being by themselves now anyway. They are still quite young and need their moms.
When the time comes to move the boys into their own space, they will be ready to be on their own with room to run around, wrestle, and graze in -- Baxter and Ace will have their own bachelor pad.
This will benefit future generations too.
With more cria potentially arriving next year, if there are more boys born, Baxter and Ace will be able to assist with weaning and teach young male alpacas how to grow up into mature herdsires and be ready to move on to other farms.
alpaca fiber is back from the mill
Time with alpacas is time well spent
We opened our farm to visitors for the first time this year, and it's been a wonderful experience for all (including the alpacas).
Many of you knew about us already through social media, some were recommended to visit, and others just happen to find us on the internet.
Here is a collection of some of the smiling faces that the alpacas generated, and more visits are already scheduled for the fall.
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