We now have 5 medium wool llamas. Our first 2 are Trident and Flint, they are the protectors of our dairy herd. We also participate in local performance and showmanship events with them. Our kids are active in the 4H program, She is an apprentice llama shearer, working with Judy Glaser of Rockwood Llamas and Rockwood Designs of Kiowa, CO. (visit her here: http://rockwoodllamas.com/) If you are interested in participating in a Spring Shearing event at our location, please send us an email. If we reach the minimum number of animals, we will get it scheduled!
We acquired Professor and Fudge from Bar-Q-Diamond Ranch. These are very special boys to us, as they came from the family that got us started with llamas many years ago. They will be guarding our buck herd when they are on pasture. Both have done numerous performance classes and are fantastic boys.
Our latest addition is “Aislin o’Cannon”. He is only 2 years old, and we hope he will be the start of our breeding program. He has exceptional fiber, and will be available for sire services.
We enjoyed our fluffy Cochin breed of chickens while in Colorado, but had to leave them behind. Hopefully, Spring will bring us some new fuzzy chicks!
Becky got in big trouble when she brought home 11 ducklings from work. The family helped raise them until they were old enough to fly away, which they did. (they had lost their mom and a kind neighbor brought them to the animal hospital) We have since learned that if we want to do more wildlife rescues like that, we need to be permitted. Good thing, that will keep her from doing it again for awhile… In the meantime, we purchased pet ducks. They also had to remain in Colorado, and are now living at a 4H family farm.
We love dogs…Becky is a certified veterinary technician, and her days of working at an animal hospital yielded us 2 Australian Cattle Dogs, Sidney and Bandit. Both were rescues; we met them while they were receiving care at the animal hospital. We hope to someday own a Wolfhound or Deerhound, but need to research their compatibility with our small livestock. (we do not allow other dogs to visit, mainly because of their unknown reaction to small livestock. For their safety, please leave your furry friends at home when visiting!)
All of our current cats came from local barns. I had heard that barn-cats would never enjoy being indoors, but ours didn’t get the memo. They are couch potatoes that will occasionally chase the outside mice…We always spay/neuter our cats & dogs, and encourage everyone to adopt from your local shelter whenever possible.
Cavies (Guinea Pigs)
Pepsi and Pinto are our sweet little guinea pigs. We don’t anticipate owning more than 2 at a time, but they are fun, gentle, and easy to care for housepets.