Monday, April 27, 2009

como se llama? and two little surprises!


Saturday Gallo and I attended a Free Camelid Information Day put on by Niki and Jeff Kuklenski of JNK Llamas and supported by a myriad of other llama and alpaca folks. They had decided to have this information day to work rescue from the other end....educating the public.

There was lots of great information, beginning with a Veterinarian talk by Dr. Michael Anderson DVM. He gave a brief synopsis (to accompany the handout) on nutrition and care of camelids as well as took questions. He also did discounted geldings and teeth floating.

His talk was followed by 45 minute clinics in various subjects, toenail trimming, shearing, fiber prep and grooming, packing info: evaluating and fitting a llama pack, llama suitability for packing, fiber demos and info, grange/livestock insurance info, trailer care/maintenance, fencing info by Gallagher fence, obstacles and training for them, a round pen Get Connected exhibition (an all day clinic was on Sunday), therapy work with llamas and farm layout for ease....AND a FREE lunch!

Gallo was the "demo llama" for the feet trimming by Pete Brands and Jeff Kuklenski. He did beautifully. (not that I'm partial) :)




He was also sheared which he did very well, I need to thank Shannon, from Kenleigh Acres once again for placing Gallo with me.


Here is a couple of pics of some teeth floating. The only time Dr. Anderson will do that to llamas is if they are having trouble eating and are losing too much weight.



Here's a few pics of the packing clinic, showing how to fit the pack properly and good equiptment:




The obstacles and training for them course was popular with young and not as young....:) It was taught by Jim Krowka who also did the round pen training.




Here are a couple of pics I swear you can hear the conversation going on in the heads of these girls....!!


"NO WAY! That can't be happening!"

"Hey! Did you see that?!"


"Come over here! Look at that!!"


"I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't see it with my own eyes!"


Now just some random shots......









Before I left I had fitted and ordered a handsome red halter for Gallo. I'll take a pic once I get it.

Here's a pic of Gallo sporting his new "do"


Now, as to the little surprises.....Stonehaven Ilse had a little katmoget ram lamb and so did Boulderneigh Bella! I'll try and post some more pics in a couple of days.


Ilse


Bella

22 comments:

susannassketchbook said...

Ohhhh...that little baby llama is sooo cute! It's interesting to discover this new world of llamas through your blog.Is "teeth floating" the same as tooth removal?

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

I've never known a llama but would certaunly be willing to rescue one. great post, thx.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Ah, BOTH ewes have their tongues out! Congrats on the very first Wrensong Shetlands; glad Bella settled down. Enjoy!

Jenny Holden said...

Hee hee, love the "dos"! Very ponsey!! Looks like a very intersting day. I'll bet a llama would be a lovely addition to my flock...

Ruth said...

Are you planning on doing any of that toenail clipping or tooth floating (what does that mean, by the way)?

The lambs - is anything cuter?

Ishtar said...

Those llama girls just stole the show!!! Gallo is one handsome llama stud (or do you say bull?). How old is he, and is he gentle to work with?

Ishtar said...

Those llama girls just stole the show!!! Gallo is one handsome llama stud (or do you say bull?). How old is he, and is he gentle to work with?

Susan said...

Tammy, what great photos! Gallo did a beautiful job! I had no idea that llama shearing looks a lot like a poodle cut! Is there a particular reason for that, or is it just for looks?

Those babies are just precious!

Mom L said...

What beautiful llamas! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

As a city girl I chuckled at the phrase "teeth floating" - I take it that does not involve feeding several 6-packs of beer to the poor llamas?!!!

Nancy in Atlanta

I need orange said...

Thanks for taking us along to the llama show!

And congrats on the healthy arrival of two new little ones.

Tammy B said...

for a city girl, i really want to have a farmish type place so i can have more than just cats &/or dogs! do kids count?

the7msn said...

Those pictures of the girls are priceless! Working rescue from the other end is critical. How great that you and Gallo can be a part of it.

mudranch.com said...

Llamas are so beautiful! We have one, she lives at my parent's house because my dad can't stand to part with her -- her name's Carmellita but we almost named her "Como Se." LOL

Some of those shearing jobs make them look like poodles! They're so fancy looking!

Congrats on the new lambs, they're adorable. I especially like the color of Bella's. :)

goatgirl said...

Oh I would have loved to go to that. I am a fan of llamas all right. I gave Koo a haircut the other day. He certainly doesn't look as good as Gallo. I didn't know that llamas got their teeth floated. Yikes not another animal that needs dentistry!
New babies...how exciting. I had been wondering when we would see a post with lambs in it:)

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Awwww, what pretty lambies.
The clinic sounded very interesting. Those llama ladies cracked me up!

~Lisa

kenleighacres said...

I am so happy that Gallo is being so good! It looks like you had a great time. Your lambs are precious! Gypsy and Symphony lambed today as well :)

Grammy said...

Oh the are all so adorable. I love the little brown one. This was a great post it made me smile too.

shadow mountain jacobs farm said...

I love Gallo's face it reminds me of the band KISS. Your lambs are adorable, still waiting for constance to lamb :-)

Karen B. said...

Looks like it was a wonderful day- Gallo must be a great addition to your menagerie, he's so precious!

Kay Lodahl said...

Great pics, Tammy. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun.. I love the baby shots!! Too cute.

Eve said...

This is just great Tammy!! I LOVE the pictures of the three of them having a discussion!! Too Much!!!

country girl said...

Gallo looks like Sting in full make up. Love llamas.