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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Yes....another one for Carrageen!

Our wonderful Tyra gave birth to a beautiful 18.2 lb. light brown girl at 12:22 PM. Her name is Clarita. This is the first time we have ever had 2 crias in the same day. More to follow!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Another Carrageen cria!

We are pleased to announce that our Domino gave birth to a 20lb. dark brown girl this morning. Both are doing well. The little one took a bit longer than usual to stand as she has really long legs! Her name is Felicia.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

A new baby at Carrageen Alpacas

At 11AM on July 31st we welcomed a new boy to our herd. He is brown and white. His light brown color covers his blanket area. Mom Ciara is doing great and had a very easy delivery. His name is Julio Fuego. He's really cute!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

At Carrageen's hot!

What a summer this has been so far. From days of torrential rain in June to dealing with the string of 90 degree days this past week has made life here on the farm interesting to say the least.
The rainy days meant more challenging mornings with clean other words more poop in the barn. Also dealing pastures that looked like ponds was not any fun.
However now we are enduring a severe stretch of very hot days and are being vigilant in watching our animals for signs of stress. So far so good. Many fans going in the barn and cooling them off with water from the hose. They love this! It is so much fun to see them running to be the first in line.
I wrote a blog earlier on heat and alpacas. I need to remind all...especially newbies.. to keep your animal cool. Watch for open mouth breathing and increased respiration rate. Be aware of the total of temperature and humidity..150 and above requires careful watching. If you have any doubt about whether to allow your animals out to pasture on a very hot day, err on the side of caution and keep them inside.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Carrageen's Domingo!

Domingo with his Mom

Domingo with his Mom

On Sunday, June 16, our Glynis gave birth to a beautiful dark brown boy! His name is Domingo. He has great coverage and density with a nice greasy feel. He is now happily running, (he figured this out on Tuesday) in the pasture. His IgG is 2936. We are very happy with that. Glynis is doing well and is a wonderful mother!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Cria watch!

Carrageen Alpacas is on cria watch. The first of our 10 mothers to be is due to deliver any day now.
Our Glynis is showing no signs as of yet, but the calendar says to get things ready!
We'll keep you posted!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Alpacas on green grass, finally!

What a sight to see as our herd runs from the barn to fresh green pasture grass! To see them pronking, rolling and just having fun makes all the hard work we have put in for the last weeks worthwhile.
We are letting them out for no longer than a couple of hours right now to let their digestive systems adapt. Soon we will let them out for longer periods and then the whole day.
We at Carrageen Alpacas pride ourselves on making our pastures as good as we can and to improve them each year. Regular applications of lime and fertilizer (designed specifically for our soil) is necessary. It pays off with better health for our animals.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Alpacas in the Winter....looking toward Spring!



Here in Gray Maine we are in the midst of one of the harshest winters we have had in a while. Snowstorms of up to 30'' and cold nights have made caring for alpacas a challenge.
Also because of the constant snow, the animals are not able to exercise as much as we would like. To at least give them some space to stretch their legs, we have made very creative walking paths with the snow blowers. Ah... such fun.
But with March also comes the realization that April is close at hand! The thought of pasture preparation is making the end of winter seem much easier. Also having 10 pregnant girls is really exciting!
And,we have added 10 acres to our operation to make room for our growing herd. Planning for how we are going to utilize that is making the cold nights (and morning poop pick-up) more bearable.
Soon winter will be just a memory and we will be in the midst of another exciting and warmer period of the year raising our beautiful animals.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Carrageen Alpaca barn

It seems like only yesterday when we were planning our barn construction. After 2 years of working in it we are very happy with how it works for us.
We have 4 areas within the main barn space. Boys occupy two areas on the east side, while girls and crias are on the west. There is an isle between them.
We also have a quarantine stall (room) for new animals. In addition we have a heated room for winter use and for rehabilitation purposes.
Outside we have plenty of space under overhangs to provide shade and shelter. On the top floor we have hay storage. This area is accessed by a drop stairway. Hay is dropped through a hole down to the first floor via a pulley system.Our floor is made of heavy rubber interlocking stall mats. We also have 4 automatic waterers which make that chore so much easier!.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Our alpaca herd has a variety of colors!

Here at Carrageen Suri Alpacas, we believe in breeding for a wide range of color. We are striving to bring a variety of high quality alpacas that will give the customer great choices.
Right now we have pure white, light fawn, light brown, medium brown, dark brown, rose grey and pure black. We are very proud of what we a creating and are working hard to improve our quality every year.