Thursday, August 23, 2007

Golden Touch Farms Video projector

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Positive pregnancy tests!!!!

Using our new preg tone ultrasound machine we confirmed 4 of our alpaca girls that had recently been bred. The girls we tested had been bred about 40 days ago to our new herd sires. This is exciting news not only for the girls but for the males as well. They are just starting their breeding careers and it is important to know if they have viable sperm. So it's official we are dropping the Jr. and they are simply our herd sires!!! GREAT JOB BOYS
We will continue to check the girls once a month for the next couple of months to be sure they do not slip their pregnancy. Having this technology at our fingertips is a great asset.

Vacation to Bar Harbor, Maine

We took a four day vacation to Bar Harbor, Maine and had a great time. It is one of our favorite places and we go every chance we can break away. Having a great love for the ocean and the woods it makes it an ideal vacation spot for us. One of the highlights was a sunset horse drawn carriage ride through Acadia National Park. We also went on a whale watching trip and not only did we see whales we also saw tuna jumping out of the water. The only thing missing was our fishing poles!!!!
The weather was much cooler in Maine giving us a gentle reminder that Fall is just around the corner.
Check out just a few of the photo we took while there.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Nice Little Rain Storm

day into night from goldentouch and Vimeo.

Bar Harbor, ME

We just recently spent a few days in Bar Harbor, ME . We are in the process of uploading some pictures we took along the way.

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More coming soon.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Cat vs. Fox

Last night proved to be an interesting evening. It was about 9:30p.m. , all the chores were done for the day and we just settled down to chill out when we heard this gut wrenching screaming from the side yard. It was a familiar sound but normally you hear it from a distance and even at that it gives you shivers. This screaming was so close to the house I had to go and investigate. The yard was in total darkness so I jumped on my John Deere Gator and quickly drove over to the side yard with the head lights on. I found my cat "Mercedes" standing off a fox, they were only about 10 feet apart. The fox was startled and quickly ran off into the woods. I was amazed at my cats calmness, she was not intimidated and didn't even want to come in the house. By her reaction it seemed like a common occurrence, I guess that is why she is 8 years old and still with us.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Ultrasound technology comes to Golden Touch Farm!

We have been breeding back alpacas that had their spring cria with two new jr herd sires. When we started using the boys we knew it would be important for the girls to be confirmed pregnant to prove our new males and not to lose valuable time with the girls. Originally we were going to have the vet come out with a portable ultrasound machine and confirm one way or the other. After much discussion we decided it would be a great investment to purchase our own ultrasound technology equipment. We purchased the preg tone, it does not give you a visual reading but gives you an audible tone either positive or negative. The preg tone has a 99% accuracy rating. With having this technology at our finger tips we will be able to check females on a monthly basis to be sure they have not slipped their pregnancy. It will also be great for maidens who routinely send mixed signals in the breeding department.
I just started to use the preg tone the other night so I started with females that I knew were very pregnant and maidens that I knew were not pregnant. I wanted to start this way so I could get a good feel for the machine and placement of the probe to be sure my technique was spot on. I have to say it has been very accurate and I'm highly impressed. This weekend I will start to check the girls that have been bred back and hopefully we will confirm them positive. How exciting!!!!

Time flys when your having fun!

It's hard to believe that it has been almost 2 weeks since I last posted to the site. It's not that things have not been happening on the farm there just hasn't been time to post. We have had family staying with us from out of state and our much treasured time together is so limited we want to absorb as much time as possible.
One of the high lights of the vacation was a deep sea fishing trip and although not many fish were caught the sighting of whales was abundant. They are just magnificent creatures. Enjoy the quick clip of them.