The self-weighing alpaca

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It’s weighing time again. Some are not so keen on getting on the scales, but Galatea is so eager she gets on straight away – then sits down so we can’t weigh the others!

Driving Miss Maisy…

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‘I don’t care if Simon Cowell thinks jumping through hoops is clever – I’ve got far more important things to do!”

Pigeon Hill Raphael – our handsome stud male alpaca

Pigeon Hill Raphael - May 2016
Pigeon Hill Raphael – May 2016

Our prize winning stud male Raphael was a great hit with the lady alpacas when he arrived at Great Ground Farm last summer. It won’t be long now before we see his offspring arrive…

With Meon Valley Ardingly as his sire, he promises to be the father of some beautiful cria.

Pigeon Hill Raphael
Pigeon Hill Raphael

With two daughters of Alpaca Stud Nyetimber & two from Redhill Baron amongst those expecting his progeny (notwithstanding the sometimes unexpected results of alpaca couplings), we have high hopes for the 2016 youngsters.

A very well bred trio

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Last year’s youngsters standing proudly – & so they should with Inca Grey Flyte,  Lillyfield Jack of Spades & Canchones Agenda of Livanti as their respective sires. Fleece stats eagerly awaited…

Toft Talini

Toft Talini - quite a lady & she knows it!
Toft Talini – quite a lady & she knows it!

Getting ready for new babies…

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The maternity paddock for the alpaca mums-to-be has arrived. It’s a pity it’s self-assembly though 😯

Reindeer in the Woods

The reindeer are back in their paddock in the woods at last after a very wet winter. They’ve all lost their baby antlers – new ones sprouting by the day ready for a fine display by Christmas…

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The Girls in the Meadow…

Our pregnant girls have been enjoying a bit more freedom than usual in the far meadow. Even with all that space, they still come charging over at feed time…

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New arrival at Arkadia Alpacas

Friday 26th June – our first cria was born to Electra.

Orpheus came into the world jet black, fit & healthy.

 

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If you go down to the woods today…

What we thought would be ‘a little bit of tidying up’ in the woodland became a quite extensive operation – removing an ancient pheasant pen made of twisted mesh half buried in the mud and numerous fallen trees (33 to be precise). At least there will be a plentiful supply of logs for the log burner in the new house (when it’s built). Then began the task of building a 7 foot high perimeter fence. In case you’re about to ask why, the photographs should answer the question…

 

Yes – the reindeer have arrived and settled well into their new home.

 

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