Tag Archives: Farina

Hay Is In the Barn

26 Jul

Yesterday we had pretty good weather for baling the hay my nephew had cut on the bottom.


It was beautiful hay.  The weather wasn’t horribly hot.  It stayed dry.  I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

After we got the small bales we needed, my nephew brought the round baler and finished the rest of it that way.  The llamas were more than happy to be quality control testers.  Maybeline thought she’d just keep sampling and let Farina and Odie have the spitting fit over the bite of hay they both had claimed.

Farina and Odie in back; Maybelline in front

The goats were more interested in just eating like usual.  They like their green stuff.

Dolly, LilyAnn and Sidney (behind)

This morning, we got the hay all unloaded into the barn before our forecasted rain got here.  Well, so far, we’ve had sprinkles.  I really want it to rain.  That would help my pasture stay green.  That would be a good thing.

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items at the top of my side bar.

Making Crias

25 Jul

When I got the new llamas the intention was to hopefully breed them this summer for crias next summer.  The lovely lady I got them from said she’d come help me because I’m certainly not a llama expert, and Ollie was brand new to being a stud.

Farina and Ollie

She came about a little over a week ago, and we caught and prepped Aurora for breeding.  You might have noticed in previous pictures that her tail is wrapped.  That’s because it makes it easier for the guy to get the job done when he doesn’t have to deal with all that wool.  We brought Ollie over, and it was pretty boring.  He just stood there.  He is just two.  Sometimes it takes them longer to figure things out.  We decided to wait a month or so and see if he showed any interest then.

Well, yesterday morning, I went out and found that my gate was open.  After we returned Ollie to the buck pasture, I forgot to fasten it.  All three goats and Ollie were mixed in with the rest of the herd. It didn’t take too much work to get the goats back in, but while  I was shutting a gate, I got stung on the butt by a wasp.


I decided to go tend to that.  After all, Ollie had no interest in girls yet, and Maybeline and Odie were less than impressed (yay, I think they are both going to have crias in October).

Maybeline and Ollie

About fifteen minutes later, I came out to take a couple of pictures of the boys just as Aurora and Estarr were coming up from pasture.  Ollie saw the girls and took off running towards them. Estarr started spitting all over, and Aurora ran into the barn with Ollie hot on her heels.  I tried to hurry in, but I had to wait for the thirty goats rushing out before I could do that.  By the time I got there, they were happily making a cria.

Ollie and Aurora (with Farina behind)

Buster might be a wether, but he really thought he should get to join in, so I was stuck there (with my camera) making sure he did not try to help.

Aurora, Ollie and Buster (go away–they don’t need your help)

Some goats were a bit confused.  I have to say, I don’t blame them because the orgling noise the male makes to help cause the female to ovulate is rather odd.

“Why is he growling at you?” –Cinnamon

Anyhow, thirty minutes later, Ollie was finished with Aurora, and I figured I could go put my camera up.  Maybe I’d wrap Farina’s tail, and life would be good.  Ollie had other plans, he moved right on to Farina.  Luckily, by this time, Buster gave up.

I really thought Ollie just needed a power aide and a cigarette, so I finally moved on to mowing the yard.

Then he went for Estarr.  Dude.  Pace yourself.  (He was going to try Maybeline, but she shut him down in a hurry.)

In the evening, I was headed out to the milk room when I saw Odie running from Ollie in pasture.  Typically, a girl will spit and the male llama is supposed to leave her alone.  He apparently didn’t know that.  I will say, Odie would do quite well on the obstacle course.  She had Ollie jumping on her back, but she slipped away and gracefully leaped over a fallen tree while Ollie was like a bull moose in rut coming after her.  I ran and got a halter and went back to catch Ollie.

Odie and Ollie

By this time he had come into the barnyard to check out Estarr again.  I am glad he’s well trained (although he did think about ignoring all that training in favor of hormones) because he was pretty easy to halter and put back with the bucks.

In a couple of weeks, in a more controlled manner, I’ll try to see if Aurora, Farina, and Estarr settled.  This was not the plan.  While I did think, if Ollie showed he had things figured out, I might just put Farina in with him, but it was never intended to have him running amuck with the two girls who are already bred and the wether who wants to help.  Sheesh.

What a difference a couple of weeks can make.

Llama Roast

22 Jul

I decided not to go to the farmer’s market on Thursday because of my concern for the animals in the heat.  It’s a good thing I stayed home.  The heat really about turned into a llama roast or two.  Most everyone was holding their own.

Farina, Maybeline, Buster, and Aurora

I mentioned that Odie was really hot, but I couldn’t catch her to bring her to where I could hose her down, and I wasn’t going to chase her.  That would not help.


Instead, I went back to getting fresh water in the tubs.  Then I saw Aurora.  She and Buster had just run out to pasture a few minutes before, and that was her nearly fatal mistake.  She was open mouthed panting.  She stood up to walk into the barn and her back end was all wonky.  I quickly got another hose and ran it into the barn.  She just looked at me with pained eyes and let me hose her down.


While I was in there, I went to check on Odie in the back of the barn and saw Maybeline was also open mouthed panting with stressed eyes, so I drug the hose back there and hosed her down.  Thankfully, she let me also.


After an hour of hosing one and then the other and luring them out of the barn where there was no air moving and into the shade, they all did a bit better.

Farina, Buster (front), Estar, and Aurora

Luckily, we had some rain over night that helped to cool us down to just horribly hot instead of killing hot.