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Wokingham, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Easter-Wood Alpaca Stud is a family-run, BAS-registered Alpaca breeding enterprise, located in the Royal County of Berkshire. Sheila and Jeff Easter set the company up in mid-2008 when they purchased their first 5 Elite Australian Alpacas.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

A busy husbandry day!

As announced earlier, yesterday we completed our 6 monthly Lambivac session for our alpacas and I also took advantage of the dry weather to kick the poo cleaner into action. Whilst it always performs well, the pipe began to clog  quite quickly as the wet poo is not ideal for the machine however, the job was eventually completed and I moved on to install a rather nifty hay feeder which fitted rather nicely on the side of Ice Cool Lad's field shelter. He must have approved as he dispensed with caution and immediately started feeding from it.

During a routine inspection of our paddocks later revealed an interesting observation and whilst it is pretty obvious, I guess I hadn't really acknowledged it before.... It amazes me that where the grass is particularly good with respect to growth and free from excess laying water, the alpacas prefer to use these areas as their latrines thus making do with the poorer quality grass elsewhere to graze on!! Strange!

With the building of our log cabin commencing from mid February, we have now re-located some of the alpaca pens in the barn to allow us to store some of the internal structures of the cabin out of the weather. It did give me a good excuse however to have a thorough clean up (it is surprising how much one tends to keep hold of "in case it could be of use later")!!

Well, today is looking pretty good here with a fair amount of sunshine, so it's off now to make full use of this while it lasts. Be back again soon.

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