Farm Diary

Happy New Year

A very happy New Year to all our friends and followers.

Unfortunately, it has not been a good start to 2018 for us: a violent thunderstorm on New Year’s Day brought down a huge oak tree on our boundary fence. Fortunately no animals were in the paddock at the time, but it took us an entire day to remove the debris and repair the damage. This is one of a belt of trees (mostly noxious plants) almost 200 metres long growing on the council “nature”strip outside our fence. Repeated requests to the council, over many years, to remove them have fallen on deaf ears. Now they are so out of control that almost every time we have a bad storm one falls on our fence (three times last year alone).

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Can lightning strike in the same place twice? On January 2, it literally did for us: another destructive storm tore trees apart and dumped so much rain and hail that we have had to close the property to visitors for three days. The same storm devastated our nearest township, Maclean, with the main street looking like a bomb site.

We can only hope for better days ahead …

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Exports to China

Two of our Paca Pillows sold to China this week. We’re doing our bit to solve the trade imbalance! 😉

Perfect weather

After a very shaky start to spring, our drought finally broke in early October and we have enjoyed glorious cool, moist conditions for the past two months. Pasture grass is growing so quickly the pacas are overwhelmed by it. It’s back to three days a week mowing, but worth it to see the farm looking a real picture for our day visitors and campers.

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Lots of junior farmhands

Throughout November we’ve had visits from several Family Day Care groups. The kids enjoy morning tea, paca feeding, making fleece batts, climbing our heritage camphor laurel tree and playing with the farm cats.

Thanks to bus driver Cate for all her help and support.

Can alpaca farming make you a millionaire?

Answer: Only if you’re currently a billionaire!

Continuing drought

Today marks 75 consecutive days without recordable rainfall: a new local record that we would rather not have!

The alpacas and horses still have sufficient pasture for several weeks, but the quality is becoming poorer with every passing day. Hand-feeding, previously unheard of on our property, may soon become a reality.

This has definitely not been the best time to start our new camping venture, but campers have been very understanding and appreciative of the fact that we are still greener than surrounding areas.

Light rain is predicted for the next couple of days, and there are actually clouds in the sky this morning, so fingers crossed!

Come camping at Cardiff Alpacas!

We have recently teamed up with Youcamp to offer sites for campers, caravaners and motor home owners on our property. We have both powered and unpowered sites available for any visitors who are otherwise self-contained.

All of our guests so far have been very happy with their experience.

Find out more about what we have to offer, or make a booking, at:
https://youcamp.com/view/cardiff-alpacas