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.