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Tucker is the youngest and largest of my llamas.  As of this afternoon he has gone on to a new adventure as companion to Miss Maggie, an aging llama who just lost her pasture mate. My friend Nancy Naron contacted me on Saturday.  One of her llamas had just died and she was looking for a new friend for her remaining llama, Maggie. I told her I would be happy to sell her one of mine since llamas don't do well by themselves and I have three.  She and her husband came over on Sunday afternoon to look at Tucker, Shiraz and Smoky. Nancy fell in love with Tucker immediately.  It turns out that both Maggie and Tucker came from the...

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Spring Cleaning

My wonderful vet, Dr. Michael Ridlen, and his crew of three arrived bright and early Thursday morning for our annual livestock spring cleaning.  They were driving out the driveway after being here only about an hour.  Fast work by a crack team. All the goats got their CDT and rabies shots.  CDT stands for Clostridium perfringens types C and D and tetanus. The shot doesn't necessarily give complete protection against the enterotoxemia caused by these types of bacteria but it will tend to minimize symptoms of infection and lessen the likelihood of death.  It's given annually in the spring.   I have said before that I live in rabies central for Colorado County so all the livestock get rabies shots.  Legally, rabies shots...

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Llama in Trouble

My friend Elizabeth stopped by Monday morning to ask for some help.  She had a very sick llama and had a favor to ask of me.  This is the time in the spring that parasites raise their ugly little heads and work very hard to make our livestock sick.  I'm not interested in talking about the balance of nature at this point - we just need to eradicate all of the little nasties forever and take what comes in their absence.  OK.  It's just possible the world is better off in the long run without me having that power but that's how I feel right now. Elizabeth's llama was down and needed a blood transfusion and she came by to...

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It's hot!

We have hot summers here. And they tend to last for years, or at least it feels like it. This summer we had an unusually cool and wet spring so the heat of the “real” summer has felt all the worse. Last summer we had a horrible drought and went several months without rain so I spent a lot of time watering the small trees in the front yard. We have been much more fortunate this year and have had more rain, but we have also had higher temperatures. There’s just not much nice you can say about 98 degrees except, perhaps, that it isn’t 104.

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Spring Shearing

Spring shearing is bigger than fall shearing.  The goats, all four of them, get sheared twice a year - spring and fall.  I've done this myself for as long as I've owned goats, although I started off poorly.  The first time It took me several hours per goat and I only had the stamina to do one a day.  Even with as few goats as I have, it took me a week or more to get them all sheared.  And they all looked like a four year old had gotten a hold of the scissors.  I'm sure they went back to their shelter and laughed at each other's hair cut.  And probably laughed at me.  But I've gotten better over...

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