— The Maine Alpaca Association Team

Carrageen Suri Alpacas LLC

Serious about Suris

John and Carol Furman
82 West Gray RoadGray, ME 04039

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Carrageen Alpacas is growing!

Our Roth has been very busy. After ultrasounds on Sept. 22, we have 6 confirmed pregnancies! Our Jasmine, Ciara, Chipita, Domino, Tyra and Jackee-O are all due to deliver next August or September. Roth is an excellent herdsire and we hope to carry on the Crown Royale tradition of excellence.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

We're breeding at Carrageen Alpacas!

Well we're finally able to do breeding here at Carrageen. What with the breedings, field tests and ultrasounds we are pretty busy. But what an exciting time it is.
We have Bred our herdsire Roth to our Tyra, JackeeO, Jasmine, Ciara, Jungle Rose, Lily Rose, Chipeta and Domino.
Roth was sired by the great Sweetbriar Farm's Crown Royale. Crown Royale was one of the great show winners, a stunning alpaca with great presence and personality. These traits have certainly come through in Roth. read more...

Friday, August 24, 2012

All of the hay is in the barn!

What a relief to know that we have plenty of hay for our alpacas. The final 200 bales of our hay arrived yesterday! In an hour it was up in the loft. It was a hot day, hot work, but well worth the effort. We are mixing it with what we have left over from last year so that the alpacas can gradually get used to it.We feel very fortunate to have such good hay already.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Hay in the Barn!

It's always exciting around this time of year at Carrageen Alpacas. We like to have our hay in the barn and not have to worry about that aspect of our life. However the dealer we used last year was not available!
So...to the internet I went and located a dealer a half hour away. Last week over half the order arrived...230 bales. Depending on the weather we'll be getting the remaining 200 soon.
We feel much better now! Good for another year....

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A rainy night at Carrageen Alpacas

Wow....did it rain last night! Out of a deep sleep at 2AM to hear thunder, see lighting and listen to rain POUNDING on the roof. Needless to say sections of our pasture look like ponds. Thankfully...no poop in the barn! The alpacas looked a bit sleepier than normal during chores this morning.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Jim Barker

It is with sadness that I write about the passing of a friend. To those of you who knew Jim, you know what kind of person he was. For those of you who didn't you should try to learn more. You can go to www.Brown-Forward.com and read a wonderful obituary about him.
Our foundation herd here at Carrageen Alpacas is built on Jim's animals. We have purchased 6 animals from Sweetbriar Farm and have had 5 offspring from them. The Crown Royale line that he produced is one of the finest in the coun read more...

Friday, July 27, 2012

Keeping the barn area clean and fresh

Sanitation around and in the barn is very important. Regular cleaning of animal waste and dirt not only helps keep the alpacas healthy, but it also shows visitors that you care and take pride in your operation.
At Carrageen Alpacas we do a complete poop cleaning ( barn and pasture) at least 3 times a day.
For in barn clean up (which we hope does not happen, but inclement weather can force the animals into the barn and....well...accidents happen) we pick up the poop, sweep the floor an read more...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Daily observation can prevent future problems

After the morning chores are completed, we at Carrageen Alpacas spend the next hour or so just watching our herd. We study each animal to make sure that there are no problems. We watch to make sure that their gait is normal, that there are no wounds or abcesses, and that they are eating as they should.
Crias are checked to make sure that they are nursing well and that they are in good spirits.
Sometimes all the above are ok but there is something about a particular animal that doesn't read more...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Touch Your Alpacas

Alpacas are naturally flight animals. Some of your alpacas will be less likely to move away when you approach them while others will run if you make even the slightest movement toward them.
If you want to be able to handle your alpacas well you need to touch them every day.This can be a stroke on the neck, a pat on the butt or simply putting out a hand and have them approach you.
Developing trust of humans can be difficult for some alpacas. Patience and regular attention on yo read more...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Alpaca Health- Weight and Body Scoring

Alpacas need to be evaluated on a regular basis. Because they have such wonderful fleece, health problems can be masked.
Here at Carrageen Suri Alpacas in Maine, we designate the first weekend of every month to herd health. Each animal is weighed and body scored. For those of you not familiar with body scoring, the thumb and index finger are placed against the animal about 6 inches behind the withers. We use a 1 to 5 system, 1 being too thin, 5 being too fat. Our goal is a sco read more...