A little bit of Llama husbandry this afternoon, a toe nail trim for Leo. Leo’s toe nails on his back feet seem to grow really quickly, but getting hold of a Llamas back leg is a bit of a mission so we try to cut his nails whilst he is standing on hard ground. He has really got the hang of this now and stands really quietly while I trim the nails so that he can walk properly.
We then gave Jazz a quick check over she seems to have been picking at her food the last few day, at 20+ she is still in good shape but I was concerned she had a problem with her teeth but all looked fine. Then it was Merlin (AKA Whirling Durbish) to be checked over as he looked like he had a belly ache a day or two ago but is back to normal now.
We are hoping that they will be returning to their Summer pasture at the end of the week. The summer field is seven acres and it positioned really conveniently for us to start our Llama walks. We split the field in half in April so we can save one half for Hay, the field is old ley is full of herbs, wild flowers and old grasses, it makes lovely hay, smells lovely when it is first stored in the barn.
Once the Llamas have moved we can clean and harrow that field ready for the young Alpacas and non pregnant females in the late spring. We can then clean and rest their winter field ready for birthing season.
Just need some dry weather so make life a little easier.
We have our first large walk of the season next week, a half day walk, I am really looking forward to getting back out onto the moor with the llamas, I am sure they will also be looking forward to munching away on all the new growth on the Heather, Gorse and Hawthorn.