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Halter training / weaning service now available
29 July, 2006

When we were seriously short of grass, we tried to find another breeder who would let us wean our crias on their paddocks. If such a service was being offered, we weren't able to source it. We feel that this type of service would be invaluable to anyone short on grass or with only a few paddocks.

Since we didn't have enough grass for our own alpacas, we had to turn down requests from a couple of breeders who asked us to halter train their crias. This is a service that might appeal to breeders with "day jobs" that prevent them from preparing their alpacas for the show ring. Even if you aren't interested in showing your alpacas, handling well-behaved animals can dramatically increase the pleasure of working with them.

With the recent acquisition of another 22 acres, we are now able to offer both of these services to other breeders.

Halter training / weaning (combined service)
  For a nominal charge of $140 (plus GST), we will provide the following services:
 

- Train your cria to readily accept a halter
- Train your cria to be walked around on a lead
- Introduce your cria to our various obstacle courses
- Prepare your cria to be handled by judges in the show ring
- Provide six weeks of grazing (sufficient for weaning)
- Provide anthelmintic treatment (worming) on delivery and departure
- Vaccinate your cria against clostridium diseases and tetanus (5 in 1)
- Trim your cria's toenails and train your cria to allow trimming.
- Ensure that the dietary needs applicable to weanlings (high-protein   supplements, vitamins and minerals) are met.


Weaning service
  For a nominal charge of $60 (plus GST), we will provide the following services:
 

- Provide six weeks of grazing (sufficient for weaning)
- Provide anthelmintic treatment (worming) on delivery and departure
- Vaccinate your cria against clostridium diseases and tetanus (10 in 1)
- Trim your cria's toenails and train your cria to allow trimming.
- Ensure that the dietary needs applicable to weanlings (high-protein   supplements, vitamins and minerals) are met.


The price for both services is based on you delivering and picking up your cria(s). We're happy to pick up and/or deliver a maximum of six crias, in one trip, for fifty cents per kilometre from Helensville.

Our farm is very secure, with gate alarms and cameras. In fact, our web cameras will make it possible for you to watch us training your alpacas over the Internet.

We'll offer a discount on more than one cria being trained/weaned at the same time.

Click here for details on how to contact us about this unique service.