Spring Brings on Changes

“Variety is the spice of life…”    ~William Cowper

I’m moving forward to unknown challenges after 30 years of nursing in our community.  I’ll be spending more time with the alpacas as we are fine-tuning our focus more toward blacks and greys.  I’m also planning time to unleash the suppressed, creative side of me, too………..I’m talking a deep breath and stepping out on the ledge of faith.

In anticipation of these changes coming, a few transitions have taken place. I have had the wonderful opportunity and honor to meet Linda and Casey and their great family Jamie, David & Casey.  Their excitement and sincere motivation to begin in the alpaca business is so heart-warming. After several visits and great conversations, they left here with some real sweet gems and I know my alpacas have graduated on to a loving home where they will continue to be well-cared for and loved.  Above all, it so nice having this new friendship.

 

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

The kids are in charge

The kids are in charge

Sweet Yum Yum & Bella

Sweet Yum Yum & Bella

As a season of new changes and beginnings, I’d like to introduce a couple of new-comers:

PATCHES:  Is this adorable little girl meant to be or not?   Thanks to her previous owners Mike & Kim Bisceglia from McCarty Creek Ranch. This sweetheart, who is bred to Granite Bay’s Neversummer’s US Steel,  will be joining us toward the end of the year with her cria. Steel is an awesome grey male who is passing his stunning grey genetics on to his progeny.

MCR's Patches of Vantaggio

MCR’s Patches of Vantaggio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JEWEL:  From Phil and Vickie Linske from Outstanding Dreams Farm,  I’ll be welcoming the ever-so-lovely Jewel later this summer after her breeding and settled pregnancy to A Paca Fun Super Sonic!

 

Crown Jewel

Crown Jewel

A Paca Fun Super Sonic

A Paca Fun Super Sonic,

HAPPY NEW YEAR- 2015

Thank you for visiting!  It’s so nice to know you’re checking in on all of us.  

Last year had lots of learning experiences, meeting really great folks, feelings of being awe-struck at new life, much laughter and a few tears.

Rose-Meri’s Miraculous Journey…”Miss Rosie”

Cute as a button even with health needs.

 

Amazing progress and 1000 bottles later.

Amazing progress and 1000 bottles later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't they look like Dandelions...or Bobble-Heads.  LOL!

Don’t they look like Dandelions…or Bobble-Heads. LOL!

Hmmmm..I think so!

Hmmmm..I think so!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey, I just put that hay in there, Daisy!

Hey, I just put that hay in there, Daisy!

Daisy asks,"Is there something in my hair?"  Duh...Ya think?!

Daisy asks,”Is there something in my hair?” Duh…Ya think?!

Guy talk!

Guy talk!

Have you every seen so fiber in one picture?

Have you every seen so fiber in one picture?

 

They do form special friendships and buddy-up! It's so sweet.

They do form special friendships and buddy-up! It’s so sweet.

Stuck like glue to each other.

Stuck like glue to each other.

Guy talk!

Guy talk!

 

Six Blessings

Miss Rosie (almost 3 months old)

Rose-Meri’s Miraculous Journey “Miss Rosie” (almost 3 months old and 630 bottle feedings and counting).              Sire:  Dancing Elk’s Remmington      Photo by Kacie Q. Photography

 

 

There’s always like the child-like excitement and wonder when we have a new cria. Much decision-making goes in to planning breeding pairs but it can all be a surprise at delivery time. There are also many reassurances, too, when you see the outcome is even better than you expected.

Our herdsire Remmington sired 3  of our six crias with strong confirmation, amazing consistency in the rose-grey coloring, crimp and staple length.  He’s now much more than PROVEN. When bred to black he throws rose grey!

 

 

Evereux "Tator". Sire: Dancing Elk's Remmington

Evereux “Tator”
Sire: Dancing Elk’s Remmington

 

 

Mr Allure “Doodle” Sire: Dancing Elk’s Creyendo Fe Photo by Kacie Q. Photography

 

Ike's Summit

Ike’s Summit Sire: Nanjing Photo by Kacie Q. Photography

Harry "Winston"

Harry “Winston” Sire: Silverado’s Peruvian Silver Fox

 

 

Revolution "Rev"  Sire: Remmington

Revolution “Rev”
Sire: Dancing Elk’s Remmington      Photo by Kacie Q. Photography

Rosie’s Social Calendar

Earlier this week Miss Rosie had a lovely family come to visit and she definitely was in charge of the tour.   Miss Rosie loved interacting with Sara, Marissa, Kyra and Hannah.   They were also lucky to be the first visitors to see our newest addition, Winston.

Thanks so much for spending the afternoon with us!

Rosie's Welcome

Rosie’s Welcome

CUTE!!!

CUTE!!!

Rosie kisses for Dolores

Rosie kisses for Dolores

Giese Family and Winston

Giese Family and Winston

Farm Visit

Hello Goodman Family!!!

Natell and Timry loving Miss Rosie

I had the enormous pleasure of having co-worker Lori Goodman and her lovely nieces, Timry and Natell, come out to visit.  A fun time was had by all!  The girls asked the best questions and Miss Rosie was quite the hostess.  Come back and visit anytime!

Natell is a "rockstar" at cuddling with Miss Rosie.  (I think I see Rosie smiling.)

Natell is a “rockstar” at cuddling with Miss Rosie. (I think I see Rosie smiling.)

Timry tries her hand at bottle feeding.  Miss Rosie didn't mind one bit!

Timry tries her hand at bottle feeding. Miss Rosie didn’t mind one bit!

OH Wow! Where to Begin……

As I sit here getting into my composition mode singing with Whitney Houston, Sugarland, Journey and Phil Collins I realize I have much to catch you up on.

Things really began “hoppin’ ” in June.  The quite studly, 14 X Champion Sleeping Giants Mr Cash (A.K.A Johnny)  arrived to stand stud here this summer. He was here Summer of 2012 and really propelled my already progressing fiber program.  I now have 5 of his stunning yearlings from him and definitely want to repeat/add more of the “Johnny Factor”!

"Johnny" Cash- Champion Herdsire

“Johnny” Cash- Champion Herdsire

Last summer I reached the point that I could begin to utilize a few of my oh-so-fine males as herd sires.  I’ve now come full circle- one full revolution- and thrilled with what my boys are producing. ( We’ll get to the babies soon.  I’ve got to keep you in suspense  so keep reading.)

 

 

 

 

 

Homegrown Herdsires

Homegrown Herdsires

 

The end of June rolled around and the crias started making their appearance. The first 3 were sired by my LRG male Remmy.  Boom…the first one is a maroon male (dam BB) with strong confirmation and the tightest crimped bundles. His name is Rev (short for revolution). # 2  striking and spotless, LRG (with white face) male (dam TB with white facial markings). We just have the nickname “Tater” for him so far.

#3 deserves an entire page devoted to her…As my vet said, “the Miracle at Elbow Creek.”

Miss Sweet Baby Rosie made her entrance 6/17. Her dam was very uncomfortable and the presentation wasn’t that normal “alien” movement on her perineal area. It was a dystocia birth with the neck and the legs swayed back in utero. I gloved up as I had the vet on the phone trying to feel for identifiable landmarks.  I couldn’t tell what I was feeling and, in retrospect, that’s totally understandable.  I asked out vet if he was up for a road trip as he was 45 minutes away. He took off right then.

Bruce, our vet, arrived. He gloved up and right away realized the dire position of fetus. After medicating our dam, Meri, he then went in after the cria.  It took 20-30 minutes to get the cria repositioned to pull her out.  Out came our MRG/MSG, 12 lb 4 oz female. We had all of our regular birthing instruments- dried with towels, hairdryer, bulb syringe for suctioning out mouth, thermometer, stethoscope, etc.  Everything checked out fine so Bruce headed back. All was well………..or so we thought.

Meri was cushed and still loopy form the medications and epidural, which we expected, and she would most like be like that for awhile.  By that time we had the little one out and in evening sun to help warm her.  I had goat colostrum available so we warmed up that for her and she took right to the bottle. We continued to go back and forth from mom to baby, especially looking for expulsion of the placenta.  By that time we were at this point it had been about 2 hours since our had vet left.  We did put baby Rosie by Meri to help with some sort of bonding and Meri tried her best in her medicated state to nudge and love Rosie.

Loving until the end

Loving until the end

On my next rounding of Meri I noticed the placenta had been delivered.  But the uterus had prolapsed as well.  It was the first time I’d seen that in my 5 1/2 years of alpaca farming but I recognized the situation the need for more medical intervention. (Apparently uterine prolapse is not that rare and when cleaned off it can be carefully  “stuffed” back in.)  So with our vet on the phone I again gloved up. It was like holding a heavy blob of muscular-like jello, taking all of my strength to cautiously push it back in.  Well it stayed in for about 30 minutes then she expelled it again.  Putting it back in the second time proved more challenging.  As I was pushing again to re-insert her uterus I suddenly felt a tear in the uterine tissue.  A little bit of blood spurted out.  At that moment a wave of sickness came over me realizing the seriousness of this potential emergent situation. Luckily the bleeding was much less than I had initially anticipated and  shortly thereafter the bleeding stopped with pressure.  We kept the uterus cleaned and wrapped in moist towels. We notified our vet, Bruce, and he was again on the road back for another 45 minute commute .

By this time, about 9 pm, Bruce arrived again. Meri was mostly alert but no longer in a cushed position and now laying on her side.  Bruce immediately took a look at the uterus and reassured me that it was only a mucosal tear that could be stitched.  He started an IV and he and my husband began stitching the tear in preparation to re-insert her uterus.  Bruce briefly stepped out to get a few more supplies and was right back to notice there was a subtle twitching in Meri’s thigh muscle that progressed into a full seizure and she just stopped breathing.  Meri’s body had had enough trauma.  Not blood loss. Not illness.  Just the shock of delivery and the uterus unsuccessfully being reinserted . We were all shocked and I was sobbing, I think, from the unexpectedness of it all.

On a slightly lighter note, I stayed with Meri’s body and let Rosie nestle with her mom until 2 a.m……….Until I saw my 4th mouse (or the same one 4 times- does it really matter!) I covered Merri up and told her that Rosie was mine now and took Rosie up to the house to begin my new role.

 

 

 

 

Show Season

Clarrise-Best Bred & Owned

Clarrise-Best Bred & Owned

We took a couple of road trips to Sacramento for International Alpaca Odyssey in March and Denver for Great Western Alpaca Show (GWAS) the first of May.

What a great experience to meet others, catch up with old friends and get out of  our “barn-blindness” to see how our program is progressing.  We’re quite pleased.

GWASJust14

ClarisseGWAS14

 

 

GWAS Results:

Integritry- 5th Male TB Juv Halter

Justice- 1st Male TB 2 year old Halter

MacCrae- 2nd Male Multi Juv Halter

Brandish- 1st Bred & Owned Male Med. Juv

Clarrise- 1st Bred and Owned Female Med., Juv.; Best in Bred & Owned overall.

Teak- 6th MF yearling male Halter

Brandish & Clarrise

Brandish & Clarrise

 

 

 

 

 

GWASOutcome14

 

 

IAO results:

Clarrise – Highest Scoring Fleece Cottage (score 95), 1st Walking Fleece Med. Juv., 5th Halter Med. Juv.

Brandish- 2nd Walking Fleece Cottage (score 93), 6th Halter Med. Juv.

Integrity- 5th Dark Juv Halter

MacCrae-6th Dark Juv Halter

 

Greta-Diva Princess

Greta-Diva Princess

 

 

 

Tough Winter

Coats Galore

Coats Galore

17 Below

17 Below

Spring OR Winter??

Spring OR Winter??

Hallelujah, I think the snow and cold are gone.   We’ve graduated on to spring…FINALLY!  I don’t remember blue skies and green grass looking so beautiful!

Hanging out the “Welcome” Shingle

Montana: Home Sweet Home. Welcome to the Browning Family plus alpacas!  It’s was certainly a pleasure to meet Joel, April, Summit and Journey as well as April’s parents.  How exciting to begin a new adventure moving to Montana and I was tickled to have them contact me to talk ALPACAS…A subject I’m passionate about!

Welcome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Teak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Cria Season: The Rookies are Official !

Teg (Integrity)

I’m glad to say that everyone is healthy and happy.  This season we’ve experienced easy, “plop them out & mother-right-up” births, “plop them out and wonder what just happened” births with delayed mothering instincts,  a premature birth, two births in one day and a difficult birth. Whew…I’m tired just writing this but loved every second of this. So here’s the lineup:

 

Gus (Augustus)

Clarrise

 

Brandish

Greta

McCrae “Mac”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jazz