HOAX IS THE NEW STUD ON THE BLOCK
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DURING recent weeks, Rosemark Alpaca Farm’s herd has doubled in numbers and is now home to 27 head.
Owners Mark and Trisha Wright are babysitting Trisha’s parents’ herd.
Mrs Wright, who had been involved in the industry since 2008, said alpacas were a stoic animal so you needed to know the breed.
“You need to be able to read the signs as you don’t necessarily know if an animal is sick,” she said.
The Wrights were fortunate their fencing was up to scratch so they had no trouble housing the extra numbers.
They also received some rain in December to add some pick for the animals.
With the present hot conditions, the grass has dried off.
Mrs Wright said before they would use half a bale a day, but that has now doubled.
The Wrights are able to source their lucerne hay and chaff from Chris Blanch at Mondure.
The couple started their joint venture into alpacas on their 3.05ha property back in 2012.
They started with three alpacas – a dam and her offspring and purchased a stud male and two dams.
Mrs Wright said all the alpacas had names.
“To be registered they need to have a name while some have been named after family members,” she said.
The property was Rosemark, using Mark, along with Trisha’s middle name.
A new addition to the family is the stud male named Hoax because of the misleading colour of his coat.
His coat looks brown but when you part the fibres it is rose grey.
“He will make us some nice babies,” Mrs Wright said.
The Wrights are excited they will be welcoming three new crias (baby alpacas) to the herd this year.
The gestation period for alpacas is around 11½ months. This will vary depending on the season. There has been instances of them going for almost 13 months. Most breeders will use between 337 and 345 days for calculation of their due dates.
Buddy, their maremma, keeps a close eye on the herd and the property when the Wrights are away.
Everyone steps in to help with 18-month-old daughter, Roslyn bringing up the rear with her own little spade and bucket to help with the feeding.
Son Ben’s job is to rake up the manure into a wheelbarrow before off loading away from the pens.
Mrs Wright said the manure made an ideal fertiliser for the garden.
Anyone wanting some are welcome to come out to their 248Woowoonga Hall Rd property.
Shearing takes place annually in September, before summer.
“Shearing helps keep the animal cooler in summer and also helps keep the fleece healthy,” she said. “It’s a bit like getting a haircut.”
Trisha sells the raw fleece to local spinners to turn into beautiful garments.
“The end product is light, softer and warmer than sheep fleece and has no barbs or lanoline,” she said.
“The fleece also makes comfortable stuffing for pillows.”
The couple is looking forward to Agro Trend at Bundaberg in May where they will enter the halter class and fleece judging.
The Wright family is keen to share their alpaca experience and welcome visits to their farm.
Phone 0409 840 402, 0434 763 004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a visit.
Rosemark Alpacas has merchandise available for sale incluuding t-shirts, key rings, stickers and magnets.
SPECIAL TREAT: Trisha Wright, of Rosemark Aplacas, gives her animals a special treat of some carrot.
Mark Wright takes delivery of some hay from Chris Blanch.
Rosemark Alpacas come in a variety of colours.
Ben Wright's job is to rake up the manure.