Since my last blog post, we've been super busy getting the farm ready for visitors! Jason, Ezra, and I went to Cloverdale, IN to the March Llama Madness 2019 llama show over Ezra's spring break and brought back our first registered llama, KoKo.
Then my BFF Peggy flew in from her house in Kansas City, MO, and we rode together up to Manitou Beach, MI, to bring home 2 more llamas we purchased from Tami & Lloyd Lash (Lash's Unique Animals). We drove up there on a Wednesday, spent the night in a nearby hotel, went to Tami and Lloyd's on Thursday morning to meet them and pick up Lexi and Justify, left their farm at 12:30 PM, and drove all the way back to Villa Rica that day, arriving home around 1 am on Thursday night/Friday morning. Then we prepared a stall for Lexi and Justify with the freshest of hay and fresh, clean water, and successfully walked them from the horse trailer into the stall where they spent the rest of the night. Then on Friday and Saturday, we spent time together walking the llamas and tending to the goats (trimming hooves, giving CD&T vaccines, and checking body scores and Famacha scores). It was such a great week!
Here are a few of the pics from the past few months around the farm. Hopefully I can be more disciplined with my blog posts in the future, and hopefully we'll be posting about opening our farm up for llama experiences/treks and tours very soon! :)
Thanks for reading and for your support!
We have had 2 baby goats born so far - on February 3rd, Audrey had a girl we named Blossom. A week later, on February 10th, Amber had a boy we named Bugaboo.
We also signed a contract with a llama farm in Michigan to purchase 1 male cria (baby llama) to be our future herdsire and 2 female llamas who will come to us pregnant. With the other female we have purchased from the farm in Wisconsin, we will have a herd of 4 registered llamas. The plan is to neuter Scotty Llama so he can be housed with the new male llama and keep him company. We are not sure yet if we will keep Lucy Llama or sell her.
We are so excited about the growth of our farm and at the opportunity to show, breed, and sell our registered mini silky fainting goats and llamas!
Last week, we sprayed our fruit trees with an organic mix of neem oil, fish emulsion, activated microbes, and kelp. That was our "early season" or "week of quarter-inch green" spray. We will also spray again soon at petal fall and first cover (7-10 days following the petal fall spray).
Here are some pics from the past few weeks on the farm:
Well, I didn't quite make the goal of one post per week, but I'm still going to give this blog a shot :)
January has been busy with trips, so I haven't had a whole lot to post about the farm. But I've gotten to spend a good amount of time with the animals the past few days and have some good pics to share.
We are still working on transportation for our female llama in Wisconsin. I might be meeting a transporter in Nashville in February unless he receives more requests from farther south. And I'm still pondering the idea of driving up there to get her (12 hr drive). Then there is the March Llama Madness show in Indiana the first weekend in April that her former owners (and current caretakers) will be attending - it is a huge llama show that I would love to go to since I've never been to a llama show before, but it is still an 8 hour drive that would not be fun lugging our horse trailer along on.
Here are some recent pics from the farm with captions:
Greetings! My New Year's Resolution was to start doing at least one blog per week, and given the nature of my severe procrastination problem, I am doing the first one today, 1/6/2019. It will not be hard to figure out if I keep my resolution this year LOL. Hoping I can keep this up.
So enough of that...
I love to take pictures (especially of animals) and think I have gotten pretty good at it over the years. I don't enjoy over-sharing on social media, so I think this blog will be a great place to showcase all of the everyday pics that I don't want to overload newsfeeds with.
Hope you enjoy the blog!
Our farm is in mid-to-northwest Georgia (west of Atlanta), so we don't get snow very often. Last year we didn't get any, and the year before that we got a dusting. Well today was surreal! We got over 7 inches of snow throughout the day today. It was so much fun watching the animals' reactions to the snow (and building a snowman, or course!). By the end of the day, after feeding the goats twice and bringing them fresh hay and water, and after corralling the llamas after they went on the loose up the driveway and to the road, I decided that snow is freakin awesome but in infrequent doses, lol! It makes running a farm at least 2 fold more challenging. Total respect to the people living where it snows frequently. Never the less, it was absolutely beautiful and I'm excited to share a few pics :)