Lusi Alpaca Diary April 2015
April was a busy month for Lusi Alpacas.
We took a stand at the Kelmarsh Country Fair on Easter Sunday and Monday. Alpacas always attract attention and we were surrounded constantly with interested public. We had three young females on show and they behaved perfectly showing what delightful animals they are. People always want to ask questions and we are only too happy to talk ‘alpaca’ for two days.
The following weekend was the ‘Spring Alpaca Fiesta’ held for the
first time at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre in Bedfordshire.This show
is now in its 8th year and hosted by the ‘Heart of EnglandAlpaca Group
of which I am Chairman.
There is a huge about of preparation and organization but luckily I have a fantastic team working alongside me. Entries topped a record 300 alpacas to be judged over the two days so early starts were called for with the first class in the ring at 8am.
We had new classes and new trophies to be awarded and the show attracted a lot of interest from the public. The feedback from exhibitors and spectators is very positive and the show was a fantastic success.
The following week we delivered 5 black females to their new home at Butlers Farm Alpacas in Essex. They happily met their new paddock mates and we wish them all the best in their new home.
Tomorrow is shearing day so all hands to the pump. The alpacas are all inside tonight so they stay dry as you can’t shear a wet alpaca! We have some willing volunteers to help with the day, moving alpacas, sorting fleece and making tea!!
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Judging in full swing at the Spring Alpaca Fiesta
Alpacas look very different when they have been shorn so pictures will follow next month and fingers crossed for the fine weather to continue. The first births are also due at the end of May so lots to look forward to in the coming months.