Wednesday, June 25, 2008

6/24 ThunderStorm Video

For all of you in the Southeastern, MA area you know how violent the T'Storms were yesterday as they swept through the area. Thankfully everyone is intact, and the garden and flowers soaked up the rain. Here is a video we threw together of the storms and the birds.

Rain is Beautiful from goldentouchfarm on Vimeo.

Overdue cria finally arrives!

Last night about 6:30 Golden Touch's Amazing Grace a.k.a. Nayla finally gave birth to a medium fawn female cria. Nayla was due for her baby on June 12, 08 and has never gone beyond her due date more than a day. So it was a great relief for both of us that she gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby. Seeing that she was born on my daughters wedding anniversary I wanted to give her a name that tied into the wedding. My daughters flowers were Stargazer Lily's so we decided it would be a great name for our new addition. Introducing Golden Touch's Stargazer Lily, weighing in at 22 lbs.

Friday, June 20, 2008

New Cria - totally unexpected!!!!

This morning has proven to be quite an interesting day. We have been on cria watch for three of our females that are due this month (one being overdue). After morning chores and a shower I went back out to check on all the females, the girls I'm patiently waiting to deliver were quite comfortable resting chewing their cud. I decided I would go for another walk to the back pasture and check on the other female pen, well low and behold Cover Girl had just given birth to a true black female cria. The funny thing was I was planning on breeding Cover Girl this Spring. I attempted to breed her for the first time last Fall but she never acted ready and would run from the males (no wonder). I assumed she was still immature and would hold off until Spring, Surprise, Surprise. I know last Spring we did have a break in to the girls pen with Teddy and Dante and I didn't think they had a chance to breed anyone, boy was I wrong. I strongly suspect Dante is the father as his mother was a true black. I will know for sure when I send in the blood to match up the DNA.
I happy to say that Cover Girl is the most attentive mother especially for her age. She has plenty of milk. I will post a picture of Golden Touch's Black Lace this afternoon. She weighed in at 18 lbs. 2 oz.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

First Cria of the Season Born

With the Summer Heat Wave sweeping across New England, our first Cria of the season was born and it's a girl to boot. Golden Touch's Light My Fire (Tee Tee) gave birth to Summer Sizzle, a 22.6lb light fawn girl. It is Teddy's first Cria on the ground, and we couldn't be happier.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Alpaca Page Updated!

Hey Everyone,

Just wanted to make a post about the new and improved Alpaca Section on our website. We have categorized our herd into Females, Herdsires, and Fiber Pets to make it easier for interested parties to find exactly what they are looking for. We also have added easy to access information on the Alpaca Lifestyle, as well as the Investment opportunities associated with raising Alpaca as livestock.

Now that the section is live, we will be constantly updating pictures, descriptions, and adding new Animals so check back often. If you see something you like, Request More Information on the animal.

We have packets made up of our Investment Quality Females as well as our Herdsires available for Stud to send to interested parties. If you live in the area, schedule a time to come and visit to get a first hand experience with the animals. If you are unable to come out to the farm, we also are able to capture video and images of specific animals so you can really get a good feel for the animal before making a decision. Check back often as our Alpaca Section will always be evolving.

Monday, June 2, 2008

It's baby time again!!!

Cria watch has begun on the farm. Baby time at the farm is always so exciting. It doesn't matter how many births we experience every one is just as exciting as the first one. The four girls due this month are being closely watched, just waiting for the signs of impending labor. The last month of their pregnancy always goes slowly, as they say the last mile is the longest mile. So true! To keep them comfortable, on hot days we spray their belly's down with a house. Even though the temperatures have not been on the high side, it really helps keep their bodies feeling cool and refreshed.
I'm overly anxious to see this crop of cria as they are sired by my two new herd sires, Teddy and Dante. These will be their first kids to hit the ground. If we are lucky enough to catch the birth happening we will try to get a video of it for all of you to see. If we can't get the video we will surely post some photos.