— The Maine Alpaca Association Team

Carrageen Suri Alpacas LLC

Serious about Suris

John and Carol Furman
82 West Gray RoadGray, ME 04039
207-653-1144
207-653-1759

Saturday, June 30, 2012

It's a hot day....keep your Alpacas cool!

One of the first alpaca questions that people from out of state ask is "How do they do they stay warm in the winter"? While this is an issue here in Maine, a bigger issue is dealing with heat. Yes there are many warm days here in the summer!
Alpacas are very susceptible to heat problems. One must always be observant that they are not showing signs of lethargy, labored breathing or of being unsteady on their feet. All of these are signs that the animal is in trouble.
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Lots of excitement here at Carrageen Suri Alpacas!

Alvino, Luken and Caralee

Alvino, Luken and Caralee

It's been a while since I have updated this blog. That's because things have been really busy here.
We had a very successful shearing on May 19th. Lots of people showed up to help and things went very smoothly. I'd like to thank Tom Monroe for being there when we needed him. Also I would like to thank my music students Dilyse, Maureen and Elizabeth from South Portland, Maine. They did a great job bagging!
On May 21 our Sweet Suri Ciara gave birth to a beautiful light fa read more...

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Farm History

As we sit waiting for the pastures to dry out, we thought you might like to know how we got started in the Alpaca business.
Our interest in alpacas began in 2008 when we went to the New England Coastal Classic Show in New Gloucester, Maine, Having bred Irish Setters for many years and attending shows, we thought this might be a fun thing to do on a Saturday. Little did we know how much fun it was going to be!
At this show we were lucky to meet someone who would eventually men read more...

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Alpaca Welcome, Herd Health, Wet Pasture and Shed

One of the most pleasant parts of the day at Carrageen Suri Alpacas is going out to the barn and being welcomed by our alpacas. They see us approaching and all gather in eager anticipation of surrounding us as we do the chores. It's really a lot of fun.
Tomorrow is monthly herd health day. We weigh and body score them. They seem to all be in great health!
We're also going to be haltering them and posing them for pictures for the website. That should be interesting.
The weather h read more...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pasture!

For us here at Carrageen Suri Alpacas, one of the most exciting times of the year is seeing our alpacas finally escape the confines of the dry lot and experience fresh pasture. Nothing can top the sight of alpacas running, rolling and eating on fresh spring grass. They are so happy!
It's especially great to see our youngest on pasture for the first time in their lives. Their world has suddenly become much larger! To see them running at full speed is quite a sight.
Of course we need t read more...

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Roth is here!

I returned last Thursday from Ohio. I brought back Roth from Sweetbriar Alpaca Farm in Ohio. Jim Barker and I ( and my wife Carol) are owners of him. He is beautiful! If you are looking for Crown Royale genetics in your line, Roth is the one. Look on the Sweetbriar for a picture of him. You will be amazed. He will be here at Carrageen Suri Alpacas in Gray, Maine for the summer and be available for breeding in 2 weeks. Please give us a call to discuss price and schedule.