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Last Updated: 26th of April 2012

25th April, 2012

ALPACA FARM OPEN DAY @ Kingsview Alpacas

Experience Australia’s premium exotic farm animal first hand; hear about the commercial uses of alpacas; dispel the myths about alpacas; see garments made from alpaca fleece; and handle cute alpaca babies “cria”.

You will also have the opportunity to “Adopt-an-Alpaca” which will enable you to take this unique experience home as you watch your alpaca grow and undertake new challenges in it’s first 12 months of life.

When: Sunday 20th May, 2012 (10am to 2pm)

Where: 115 Hewitts Road, St Andrews, 3761

Any questions please let us know. We have a number of activities and experiences planned for the whole family and we look forward to seeing you there.

timothy@kingsviewalpacas.com.au
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22nd March, 2012

ADOPT-AN-ALPACA

This is a perfect opportunity for you and your family to be involved in the life of an alpaca without needing the land or the husbandry skills. At Kingsview Alpacas we are giving you the opportunity to adopt a cute baby alpaca for only $25.

You get the following:
• To name the alpaca (it will be registered officially with the AAA);
• An adoption certificate;
• A farm visit to meet and cuddle your adopted alpaca (with plenty of photos);
• Updates on your adopted alpacas progress over its exciting first 12 months of life.

This is an excellent way to learn about alpacas, what they are farmed for in Australia, and the products that are created from these majestic animals.

Email your interest in adoption to:
timothy@kingsviewalpacas.com.au



1st Febraury, 2012

FACEBOOK

Kingsview Alpacas have a Facebook Page:
http://www.facebook.com/kingsviewalpacas

Stay abreast of all things Alpaca by liking our page.



20th February, 2009

2009 VICTORIAN BUSHFIRES

What a month and a half leading up to “Black Saturday”…no rain…a full week of 40 degree plus days. Our property at KINGSVIEW ALPACAS had some long and very dry grass around it, added to that six weeks of non-maintenance due to the extreme heat and other domestic factors.

You have heard it all before, all the factors were there and you know the devastating result. Our property at KINGSVIEW ALPACAS was extremely lucky compared to others in the area. We evacuated at the suggestion of the CFA, as we had no fire fighting equipment, and left our house, our alpacas and our property in their hands.

We were able back to look at the property approximately 36 hours after the tragedy to find our house, alpacas and property unburnt. The CFA were able to stop a 750m grass fire front on our boundary fence after the heli-tanker stopped in from the air and dropped a load of water on our house for good measure. Our property is now the border for the fire break that has subsequently been made by the CFA as a precautionary measure around the fires perimeter in our area.

It was six days before we received our electricity back (many still haven’t 2 weeks later) and as we drove down our charcoaled and baron road and pulled up to our gate, we noticed something new amongst the alpacas, with an instant smile we new things were about to start getting better as we had that glimmer of hope that you get from new life. A male cria, with a beautiful dark fawn colouration, his name is Smokey. He will make a great pet and be a reminder to us to keep our chins up as our community works its way through this tragedy.



30th January, 2009

SUMMER HEAT

In Melbourne this week the weather has been consistently in the 40 degree range, which got me thinking, earlier in the day, how do our alpacas withstand not only the heat but the hot wind that goes with it?

On our property at KINGSVIEW ALPACAS during the summer months we run three mobs of alpacas, the females, the males in two groups with the stud males split up.

I considered the plight of the females especially, some have cria a foot from the spring season (rehydrating not only themselves but a cria) and the pregnant females that are due in Autumn (who are carrying around the extra weight). I have visited them a number of times a day and observed that they cleverly (and upon observation seemed an obvious thing to do) sat amongst the mini pine plantation most of the day, staying out of direct sunlight and also out of the wind and only made their way to the dam when necessary. It wasn’t until the evening that they went out in the paddock to graze and feed.

The key to this kind of weather is some form of natural shelter where possible and keep on eye out for some of the more vulnerable alpacas.



27th December, 2008

BASIC FACTS ABOUT ALPACAS BEFORE YOU BUY

Alpacas require the company of other alpacas, therefore you should buy a minimum of two alpacas. You may be buying a herd guard for sheep in which case the alpaca will bond with the sheep.

Alpacas require shade and a clean water supply in their paddock. If the pasture is inadequate you will need to supply additional feed such as hay and lucerne hay (for example).

Alpacas require shearing once a year, you will need to find a shearer that services your area, or find somewhere you can take the alpacas to be shorn. Ask the breeder about a shearing contact when you purchase the alpaca.

Maintenance of your alpacas will include trimming toenails, vaccinations throughout the year and other miscellaneous issues (health, accidents, birthing). Ask the breeder about any assistance or training that they can provide when you purchase the alpaca.

At KINGSVIEW ALPACAS we provide all new breeders who purchase an alpaca with the advice (and hands on training if required) on how to maintain your alpacas throughout the seasons of the year.



27th November, 2008

ALPACA SHEARING

November is the month for shearing at KINGSVIEW ALPACAS and for the first time in 5 years the weather forecast was for possible showers. Any other weekend and I would love showers, however when shearing that makes it very difficult for two reasons: firstly, takes longer to shear if damp (don’t bother if wet) and secondly, you need to shed your animals at least the day before if they are dry.

We were reasonably lucky that the day before was dry and that the alpacas were only surface damp from overnight. They were all rounded up the day before into groups and the first group were in the holding yards drying a little from the wind.

Over the years we have not really modified the location or the procedure for our shearing, however with more and more alpacas every year we have progressed with the use of a rouse-a-bout to keep the whole process moving along. That was a success this year and we were provided with further advice on modifications to the holding yard setup for next year.

Overall the shearing went well, expect for the out of the blue cold snap that hit the next weekend, barely over 8 degrees all day and that was out of the wind, who knows what the wind chill was. In the shed they went again to dry off and keep warm, with no fleece on them it would have been cold. It’s 5 days later and the air conditioner is in use, you have got to love Melbourne weather!



11 November, 2008

HOW TO START - ALPACAS

It is five years ago that KINGSVIEW ALPACAS started at the very beginning of owning Alpacas. The following is a list that we did to gather as much information about alpacas:

1. The Internet. Do the research, it pays off at the start and along the way. In fact you never stop learning from alpaca stud websites, association websites, forums, blogs and more recently twitter.

2. Attend as many alpaca shows and special events (such as the Alpaca Fiesta). There you will have a chance to talk with alpaca breeders. The majority of breeders will be keen to chat about alpacas and answer questions from first hand experience. We found it most beneficial to pick up the show catalogue while watching the show and marking the alpacas that we liked and noting the judges comments. This information will assist when you go to purchase your first alpacas (yes alpacas...you can't have just one!).

3. Visit as many alpaca farms as practical. There you can talk direct with the alpaca breeder not only about alpacas but farming in general, especially handy if you have recently moved onto land. If you request, you may be able to participate in some of the alpaca activities (vaccinations, toe nail trimming, matings and if you have special timing a birth) to give you some hands on experience.

4. If you plan to ultimately be an alpaca breeder, membership of the Australian Alpaca Association from the start will have you on the right track. It provides excellent reading material and also includes a comprehensive information kit, 1/4ly magazines (national and local) and a copy of the alpaca trading post "Alpacas on the move".



15 October, 2008

We welcome FIRE WARRIOR to our stud.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome FIRE WARRIOR to KINGSVIEW ALPACAS. He comes to us from the Shanbrooke Alpaca Stud, where the 2008 National Supreme Champion was bred.

FIRE WARRIOR is an upstanding well conformed male that is full of presence. He has excellent coverage and is true to type. He carries a dense fleece which is well aligned and uniform with the crimp running low into the chest area. He is sired by the famous Accoyo Rasputin who has produced many Champions while his Dam was a specially selected female from Peru for Shanbrooke's breeding program.

FIRE WARRIOR began work recently and we expect to see the fruits of his labour starting Autumn 2010. He is available for outside matings.



19th September, 2008

FIRST CRIA FOR THE SEASON

Last Saturday was the day, a beautiful sunny day, a day alpacas at KINGSVIEW ALPACAS traditionally love to give birth. We knew it was on based on the mothers antics the previous day. She just would not sit still and by the end of the day looked very uncomfortable. Being the first for the season we try for no complications and the mother was a Peruvian import (from Jolimont) and her age is just old (something over 15 years old).

It was 8am in the morning and I remembered that today could be the day and sure enough there she was totally exhausted lying on her side down hill. I didn't like the downhill position and tried to move her to no avail. I gave them another half an hour to see the head and front legs of a healthy white female cria. 10 mins later after observing there was no change. So I gave the old girl a hand and gently pulled on the front legs to get the final part of the body out. Done.

The cria (like the rest of her siblings) is above average in height and weight. She has had to put up with a wild range of weather in the last week ranging from windy to calm, mild temps to icy hail and everything in between and she is still going strong...got to get back on the look out...that's just the first this season.


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