Californian Catch Up Alpaca Style 47

Catch up

We first heard from Jeremiah Owen of Hiraeth Ranch, in Episode 12 of the podcast back in March 2019. Since then there have been some good learning opportunities and a few surprises along the way. 


This has included his first time helping with shearing. It generated great excitement for all of the family and they took loads of photos – he said it was like being tourists in their own home. The fleece has been harvested safely but the final decision about what to do with it has not been taken. Jeremiah tells me they will do something with it by the end of the year. I think we have all been there.


They have also done the matings for next year’s cria due late summer. His children are already impatient about when they will be arriving and it is a long way to go! Are we there yet?

Herd Health

Mites put in an appearance and were promptly dealt with. now they know what to look for it will make it easier to keep on top of. Worming too, where Jeremiah’s approach is to test and treat as needed rather than routinely worm and risk developing resistance in the parasites. A good principle to follow. It is helpful to have made a good link with a veterinarian and to be developing a working relationship with them.

Always Learning

Overall a good year so far and now getting prepared for the colder weather to come – not too severe in his part of California but still a challenge.

Stay safe and keep learning. 

See you again soon.


Jeremiah Owen website

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