Friday, May 15, 2009

Alpaca Bottle Babies


Below are recipes for alpaca milk. We find this works MUCH better than powdered milk replacers. Add the solid ingredients, the Skim Milk followed by the Yogurt in first using the funnel. If they get stuck, the liquids will push them through the funnel. Shake well. Warm by placing the bottle in a bowl or pitcher of hot water. The microwave is bad because it kills good stuff and leaves hot spots that can scald the cria. Because the little guy has gotten used to the dams teat it may take a bit of persistence to get him back on the bottle. Putting him in a cushed position & then straddling him on your knees puts him in a controlled position so you can then use both hands (arms) to control his head & get the nipple into his mouth. Very gently squeezing the bottle to get a bit of milk in his mouth may help. Sometimes, after a short break of 3 or 4 minutes, they will take another round as big as the first. Alternately, using a 10 ml syringe may work. We had a cria that absolutely refused a bottle but would suck from the syringe. Be very careful to go VERY slowly. Aspiration and milk in the lungs is deadly. Pritchard nipples work great. For a young cria, start with a very small hole in the nipple. As the cria ages, the nipple hole size can be increased. An older cria can have a pretty big hole and will intake more milk in a feeding.

Newborn Formula: Birth to 2 Weeks to a Month

½ Meyenberg Condensed Goat Milk (Baking Isle near Carnation Evaporated Milk)
½ Water

Advanced Formula: RubberMaid Container

3 tablespoons skim milk powder
1-3 tablespoons yogurt (Vanilla Plain Full Fat)
1 3/4 Cup Whole Milk (Vitamin D Milk)
1/4 Cup Half & Half

Advanced Formula: Single Bottle

3 teaspoons Skim Powder Milk
2 teaspoons yogurt (Vanilla Plain Full Fat)
10oz Whole Milk (Vitamin D Milk)
2 oz Half & Half

Amount Per Day (15% of Body Weight)

15lbs X 15% (.15) = 2.25 pounds of milk X .0625 lbs per oz = 36 ounces per day

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

International Year of Natural Fibers Video

15 Categories of Natural Fiber

Did you know there are 15 major categories of natural fiber. Check out the 2009 International Year of Natural Fibers website to find out what they are!

Poisonous Plants

Another interesting list of poisonous plants.

Weed Control

I just came across this article on weed control. It is worth checking out.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Red Red Wine

Named some crias yesterday. Introducing BelleauWood's Red Red Wine.
Testing sending text messages to my blog.

Testing E-mail Posts to Blog

Hi all,

Please excuse me while I test making e-mail posts to my blog. 
Erin McCarthy
BelleauWood Farms Alpacas
Greenville, Virginia
(540) 319-4000 (farm office ~ messages forward to cell)

Sunday, May 10, 2009


For example, how about this cross - Black Ice and Lauralia! She needs another 6 or 7 months before breeding, but can you picture the cria!

Black Ice

Got a new head shot on Black Ice today. He is about ready to begin his breeding career. I can't believe no one has been interested in purchasing half interest in him. I think he is gorgeous.

Mother's Day 2009

Great day at the farm. Weather was in the 70s. Crias are looking great. Megan, Joni, Jennifer and Colby joined me for Mother's Day lunch. Anxiously awaiting the June crias!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Agribusiness SBA Stimulus Package

Good article and links to Obama administration SBA initiatives for ag and small business lending.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

New Cria

Dam: Butterfly Kisses
Sire: Exacto
Cria: Medium Brown Male with white boots and white chin.

May 7th at 8:50 AM
Weight: 19+ pounds

Local Harvest Blog

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Local Harvest

I just signed BelleauWood Farms up with Local Harvest.

Monday, May 4, 2009

First Webinar

Well, it wasn't exactly smooth. I made it through, but it was a bit rocky. Technically, it was challenging to get started. The password was not sent out to people. Then the audio was tricky. I think it is just a matter of getting used to it. My phone line was experiencing a MAJOR echo - which was really distracting. It made it hard to be conversational and have a good pace. I need to do more to get people talking during the presentation - it was not conversational enough at all. Definitly room for much improvement to be made. Ah well - you have to start somewhere.

Alpaca Investment Webinar Registration Link

VISIT HTTP:// to register.
Erin McCarthy
BelleauWood Farms Alpacas
Greenville, Virginia
(540) 319-4000 (farm office ~ messages forward to cell)

Alpaca Investment Webinar

Tonight is my first Webinar. Hopefully I can make it through the technical glitches. Still worried about the Vonage giving out on me, but I didn't order a Verizon landline yet. I am dreading working with the Verizon people again.

First Day

So, I am working on updating some of my online marketing strategies. Seems I am behind the times with the social networking revolution. I am trying to figure out all this FaceBook, Twitter, blogs, etc.