Thursday, 29 March 2012

Fencing Frenzy ....and Inspection !

Fence Inspection !!....

Yesterdays...end result !

The strainers.... one in the ground about 5ft and .... one out,about 9ft, the Post knocker is doing a good job !!

The boys, nosey not happy about the field being fenced !

We are taking full advantage of this lovely weather, although tonight the weather has definitely cooled down and the wind has picked up.....more like normal temperatures unlike the last week of really hot weather.

There is a bit of a fencing frenzy going on here at the moment, we have moved into the 6.5 acre field, I have wanted a divide fence in this field for sometime and it is finally happening. The plan is to have the alpacas on one side of the fence and move my Highland Cows up to the top of the field on the other side, it is more sheltered here for them and there is shade during the summer months when it is hot.

We started this fence on Monday and tonight are nearly finished the job, just one wire to put in place and a little section to fence up on the other side of the gate.

The alpacas are really nosey and have been keeping a close eye on what's happening with their field, yesterday when we were putting the guide wires out most of the boys had a good inspection of the job and walked along the fence-line to scrutinise the job !

All being well this should be finished by tomorrow. I have been leaving the alpacas out over the past week, but tonight the wind is awful and its turned cold again, so they are all tucked up nice and snug inside.

I thought I'd take advantage of the fact that the alpacas are inside tonight so I have a good check of the youngsters, I like to check them frequently just to keep a close eye on condition and its a good way of spotting any problems early. Thankfully all appears to be fine.

The young boys are enjoying their new field and the extra grass there.

I am hoping to get some toes trimmed next week, this will give me a good excuse to use my alpaca handling pen as some of the boys can be a handful, last time Duke was a real handful, I was hoping he was going through a silly adolescent spell, he appears to have matured since however, you cannot take any chances with these adult boys, as their strength is really quite impressive and when you are on the receiving end of it....can be very dangerous.

Safety at all times....and the Alpaca Easy Pen will be a great help for me to safely handle those boys who can be a bit of a handful.... thankfully most are well behaved....but not all !!

So a few jobs have been crossed off the 'to do list' ..

For the moment....

I have heard a mention of snow !! for Scotland ... next week !!

Extreme weather .... indeed !!


Debbie, Barnacre Alpacas said...

You're doing a fine job their fencing!

I too heard snow for Scotland, however it was tops of mountains so you might be ok.

We have a little wind tonight so I expect our temperatures will be returning to normal too.

Terry said...

Thank goodness the fencing is almost done before the colder weather. Good timing!

Rosemary said...

Great bit of fencing - you have been achieving a lot, as usual! Just been catching up with all you have been up to after a bit of an internet black out down here!!

Sid and Pat said...

You seem to be working non stop - well done, hope you get some time for feet up!

Shirley said...

Good job guys - you'll maybe have time for a little sledging tomorrow! Shirley & Robbie