Thursday, May 30, 2013

Erin Murphy child star Tabitha on Bewitched owns alpacas.......

Marie Osmond is "Bewitched" by Alpacas!


AOBA member, alpaca enthusiast, entrepreneur, actress and TV host Erin Murphy will be featured on the Marie Osmond Show on June 6, 2013 on the Hallmark Channel.
Perhaps you recognize Erin, owner of Tranquil Veranda Ranch in Santa Clarita, CA, as former child star Tabitha on the Emmy winning show Bewitched. Marie Osmond pointed out her own recognition during their interview... Erin's alpacas reminded Marie of her brother, Jimmy!
The ladies also talked about Erin's journey from actress to entrepreneur, raising alpacas, and launching her knitwear company, Erin Murphy Knits.
Be sure to tune in on June 6 to the Hallmark Channel. Check your local listings for airtime.
                                                      


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Monday, May 27, 2013

Shearing Day Memories....... May 19, 2013

 Just another day at Quarry Critters Alpaca Ranch. Eating grass, growing fiber being peaceful and content.
Until it's shearing day when all the alpacas will lose those beautiful coats for a style more suited for summer heat.
And so it begins......

  We make sure the alpacas are on the grass for about 2 -3 weeks before shearing. Being in the fields of grass helps to remove the vegetation and lose some of the dirt they are so fond of rolling in.


Alpacas are brought into the cleaning area for more cleaning.
We put the vacuum  in the hay loft so the sound is up high. 
We use a long hose to come from up above to avoid
 having the alpaca's legs being touched by the hose. 


 Then with the help of some wonderful and willing volunteers the alpacas are held in the chute waiting their turn on the mat.
 We make sure that the alpacas are talked to and loved on so they are as relaxed as possible.

The alpacas are restrained for the own safety as well as the safety of the shearer. 
Nathan Good and Greg are pictured here. 
Some alpacas really don't like the process of being sheared so they spit and spit a lot. A sock over their nose helps to keep the fresh fiber and people from being stained from the green goobers that they spit. 


After the prime coat is sheared off the alpaca it is careful rolled like a sleeping bag. This is a new term for us known as "Noodling". This keeps the blanket in perfect condition making shirting much easier. 
Then the "sleeping roll" noodled bag gets taped and weighed. Then put away for another day to be skirted. 


Thanks to all our volunteers. We had so much fun and got the job done because you were there.








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