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Dracula's blood thirsty days are done

Count Dracula the calf has decided halloween is over.  He and Pink Nose the Calf are now very good friends with Butterball the Alpaca, who has helped him work through his numerous "issues" apparently.  Butterball himself used to have a lot of aggression, but now is very polite and friendly.  We can remember so many examples!  Pairing animals with other species sometimes helps them kick odd habits, become more productive, reduces disease, and in so many ways improves their quality of life and economics. 
Dracula's blood thirsty days are done.  Alpacas are excellent buddies.

Butterball the alpaca no longer a turkey

Butterball is our newest alpaca friend here at the farm. He was a turkey, though, and had a lot of fight in him. We try to make fighters into lovers here at the farm, and the same way that you would help a human child with too much fight is the same way you help animals best. Interspecies love. A human child would react well to a puppy, or a kitten, or even a chicken or a goose. Or a cow. Or most other species. Some nature time, with the numerous birds and bugs. Most animals are the same way.

Louie the alpaca is now best friends with Wild Thing the goat, and Wild Thing (who was quite wild, and not afraid to gore a human from past mistreatment - though not so angry at other animals) and Louie tamed each other. Now they are even friendly to people. Butterball is becoming a horse lover, and he and our gelding are getting along swimmingly now, after just a couple of days! Butterball is totally changed, and will come up to people and even be caught.

Those with even more fight than Butterball need some hands on training with people. Mental challenge helps the animals, too, and learing how to come, stay, go back, turn left or right not only keeps them better behaved, but makes them very easy to care for. And, should our animals ever get out, they are quick to go back home. Roundups are no challenge here at the ranch, and they shouldn't be: say "go home!" and all the animals do.

A little love leads to more love, and more love leads to universal love. A little training and intelligence leads to greater understanding and peace. In both people and animals.


Alpaca and Llama cooperative forming!

AGATE, COLORADO - A Fallowfield Alpaca and Llama Cooperative for alpaca and llama farmers and ranchers is being organized that will help members earn more from their animals.  Organizers hope that at the same time they may improve affordability and quality for buyers by helping alpaca and llama farming become more efficient.
"Alpaca fiber is a superior fiber, and llamas provide an excellent draft or pack animal; there is no shortage of demand.  However, alpaca fiber and llamas are typically too expensive for most consumers because of tremendous costs of production.  But these costs can be reduced through cooperation," said Mary Choate, of TwoInTents farm.
One class of membership will be offered.  "Producers will be able to contribute money, or items in kind such as crias or adult animals, feed, labor or fiber in exchange for shares in the revenues and discounts as buyers.  Buyers will recieve discounts on already discounted group-bought needs (such as crias, adult animals, feed, labor and veterinary care) based on their amount of ownership.  Revenues from sales will be divided by ownership," explains Choate.  By combining resources and teaming with other cooperatives, FALC may be able to reduce costs of production to near-zero amounts. 
But FALC will also have community service aspects that differentiate it from a simple buy/sell cooperative.  "We will be donating some of what we produce - raw fiber, blankets, clothing and even animals - to charities, and directly to the working poor, the sick, the elderly and others in need.  This is not only good for the community we are a part of, but it makes good fiscal sense as well."
Organizational meetings are scheduled through the end of the year, and the cooperative is expected to begin operations in January 2012.  Farmers interested in becoming founding members may contact Mary Choate at TwoInTents farm, twointents-AT-gmail-DOT-com

Louie the alpaca-duck

Louie the alpaca has made good friends with the ducks.  Perhaps he is spending too much time with the ducks... he is splashing in mud puddles, and when we refill the duck ponds, he likes playing in the hose water, diving through the stream.  When the ducks think its time for a swim, so does Louie. 

FREE event: Let's make blankets!

On December 10, 2011, from 10 until 2, we'll be making alpaca blankets, felt and other warm clothing out at the farm!  The blankets, felt and other warm clothing will be given freely to the working poor, the elderly, the sick and others in need.   Come learn a new skill or practice your art while helping your community! More information, call 720-833-8795
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