Friday, October 29, 2010

My Genetic Stick

It has been an interesting week around the farm. I had another post planned for today but after the past couple of days I've had, I had to change my mind and do this one. I've been breeding the alpaca girls. I bred Aztec and Vidalia to Laredo. I felt those were good choices for them. I then decided to try this guy out this year.
He has good conformation and fiber and spots! And Emmee, who has been cushed at the fence for the last two months driving the boys crazy, would have nothing to do with him. She threw an absolute fit. So I brought in Canela. I've never had trouble getting Canela to breed before. She threw a bigger fit than Emmee did! So, out went Griffin to the pasture with my apologies. I went into the bullpen and brought in Laredo for Emmee. He is a more aggressive breeder, full Peruvian like Emmee, a good match. She dropped like a rock for him and bred for a good half hour! Why? Is it because he is a tuxedo grey? Is ZZ Top right and 'women go crazy for a sharp dressed man? (((giggle))) It looks like I won't have too many branches on my genetic tree next year, but I guess a genetic stick is better than a stump! Talk to you soon,  Tammy

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Lazy Days Of Fall

Although it has been very dry for us lately, the nights have been cool and taking a nap in the afternoon sun seems to be the norm around here. The babies are doing well and growing like weeds. Although it may be lazy days for them, fall is the time to get the pastures and barn ready for winter. We hauled a load of chip rock in yesterday to fill in some low spots around the barn. That's alot of work to move it around! But well worth it this winter. It isn't near as muddy. And at the end of this week starts breeding season around here.
As you can see, the boys are impatiently waiting and sit around drooling at the girls.  Well, we've got I don't know how many tons of rock to move, so I'll talk to you soon,  Tammy

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


We would like to welcome Yahtzee to the herd at Illini Alpacas. Tabitha gave birth to him with no difficulties and is proving to be an awesome mom. He is named Yahtzee because he is boy #5 out of Sequoia this year. Five makes a Yahtzee! Stayed tuned on how he develops.

Talk to you soon, Tammy

Them old cotton fields...

The cotton bolls are poppin'! Every year I plant cotton, a natural green colored cotton, and this time of year is harvest time. Natural colored cottons are great because when you wash them the color becomes more intensified rather than washed out like dyed white cotton. I save seeds, too. Interested in planting some yourself next year? Send me an email for some seeds.

Talk to you soon,  Tammy