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River Hill Ranch

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Alvina Maynard
680 River Hill DriveRichmond, KY 40475
859-408-5132
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

David Grossman Never Heard of Guard Llamas

Photo Credit: Rocking Dog Ranch

Photo Credit: Rocking Dog Ranch

Odd, sometimes twisted connections are made when you’re both military law enforcement and an alpaca rancher. Watching the public reaction to the Michael Brown shooting made me think about llamas. Yes, llamas.

Lt Col (ret.) David Grossman is an expert in the field of understanding violence. One of his books, “On Killing,” is required or recommended reading for several law enforcement and military organizations (fun fact: this book was the first gift my husband gave me. Romantic, right read more...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Alpaca Herd Management Routine

A quick run down of basic required care for alpacas:

DAILY

Spring/Summer/Fall: Fill water buckets, check hay bunks (we fill ‘em around every 3 days), spray their bellies if it’s too hot, see if anyone’s in labor, make sure everyone is still alive & healthy, scoop poop.

Winter: Same as the rest of the year, but NO SCOOPING POOP! WAHOO! Throw down straw instead (we do deep bedding). Lock them in the barn if it’s below zero wind chill. Blanket anyone that looks cold read more...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Whoa. What a First Year!

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!!

I just finished knitting a pair of hot pink fingerless gloves made with yarn from our 2013 fiber harvest. Aidyn (our 3-year-old daughter) is actually taking a nap, so I’m caught in a moment with just enough time to sit and think. I think this is the first time this year this moment has happened!

I am amazed at how much God has permitted us to accomplish this year. For posterity, here are some of the highlights & some of what I’ve learned:

Our herd has doubled since last yea read more...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

First Time Cria Mom

I discovered the supposed 11 month gestation for alpacas isn’t even an average; it’s more like the beginning of the window. There is actually a 40 day window where they can possibly give birth to a normal cria. Talk about a waiting game!

Luna has resembled a bloated Shetland pony for some time and is 11 days overdue. I put Aidyn down for a "rest break" (because she now refuses to take a nap for me) and head to the barn to make sure everyone's ok. Halfway there, I notice a red and gray read more...

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Perfect Shearing Day:

On a perfect shearing day, the following happens:

1. The shearer shows up on time...not a day late (not his fault; stuff just happens).

2. The alpacas calmly all walk to the barn to wait their turn...instead of madly dashing everywhere in the pasture because they know it's not their feeding time so we must be trying to eat them.

3. The alpacas politely poop and pee out in the pasture before entering the barn...instead of creating a pee poop butter they then sprea read more...