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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:MAY/JUNE


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BLENCOGO FARM ALPACA CRACK!


We have seen a few changes at Blencogo Farm. Three of our big girls, Wow, Gilly and Peri, moved to a new home along the road at Westnewton and there’s a new kid on the block!


We have welcomed a new ten-month-old playmate, Spoilt For Choice, to join Dude (the black boy) and Little Boy Blue (the white baby from last year). We couldn’t keep calling him ‘Spoilt’ though, in case his behaviour mirrored the name, so we ran a Facebook competition and selected the name Barnaby – because we think he looks like a Barnaby! He already recognises his name when you call and is proving to be a popular addition to the herd, not least because he adds another splash of colour. According to the British Alpaca Society, alpacas come in 22 shades, ranging from white through light to brown and shades of grey until you get to black.


Weaning babies from their mums is never easy but it coincides with one of my favourite tasks which is halter training. We separated Blue from his mum in February – it generally happens at about six months of age, depending on how harsh the weather is. His first attempt was funny, with Blue stubbornly lying down and refusing to walk. We do short but frequent sessions to begin with and by his third attempt, he was happily walking around the garden accompanied by Dude. He even did his first care home visit to Maryport recently and although he hums all the


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time, he did well and does love it when people admire his bright, soft fleece. Alpacas hum for all kinds of reasons – when they are happy, anxious, bored, hungry, need the toilet – who knows what Blue is humming for at any given moment of the day!


Our big boys Marco and Pedro meanwhile, have been joined by our four-year-old HeyMrDj and that’s gone well, although the Herdwick boys Spice and Nutmeg seem to be the boss of all three and there’s plenty of alpaca screeching going on in that paddock. Thankfully we have very tolerant neighbours!


Kim Inglis Jeffries www.blencogofarm.com Blencogo Farm on Facebook


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