Saturday 25 June 2011
News arrived last week via the Welsh Assembly Government website to say that the Tuberculosis (Wales) Order 2011 will be coming into force on 31 March.
This puts non-bovines (including alpacas and lamas, goats and deer) on the same footing as bovines in the event of an outbreak but does not require the routine testing applicable to cows.
From the website:
“The Tuberculosis (Wales) Order 2011, which comes into force on 31 March 2011, follows a consultation exercise which ended last November and forms part of the Welsh Assembly Government’s TB Eradication Programme.
Our first open day of 2011 is set for Easter Monday.
We have ordered fine weather but being welsh Wales we will have to take what we are given. There will still be plenty to see even if it does rain and hot drinks and home made cakes will be available in the house. Either way, wellies or good outdoor footwear that can get muddy will be essential. By popular demand, there will be an opportunity to make a voluntary contribution towards the refreshments costs.
We now have 21 alpacas in residence with more cria (young alpacas) due to be born later in the summer. Last year’s cria are growing on nicely and still look cute even if a bit more ‘grown up’.
They will all be interested to meet you at Easter, or one of our other open days, if you can make it.
Feeding well and seems strong with good fleece (though you can’t really tell at this stage).
We are currently in a hanging-around stage waiting for the two very expectant mums to deliver their cria. I keep giving them detailed weather forecast updates but so far they are holding out for some golden sunshine rather than the damp mizzle, interspersed with heavier downpours, that we are having today.
We planned to visit the Royal Welsh show at Builth Wells but had to cancel so I can be around – just in case. I hope they appreciate it but mostly they seem to just eye me suspiciously every time I check on them.
The Gower and Llwchwr Estuary Lions Club have a fun day planned for Sunday 18th July 11am-4pm. We will be taking along some of the boys to try and help attract some people to the fund-raising event.
It rained all day! We had a flat tyre trying to leave home with the boys but we got there in the end. Thanks John T for helping change the wheel on the loose-box. (Hope you enjoyed the eggs.)
The boys got on very well considering this was their first outing into the big wide world. Rhys got a bit fed up towards the end and kept moaning but no one took too much notice. The young boys coped well and even got back in the loose-box without a fight.
Mike and his donkeys got stuck in the mud when it came time to leave and we were only able to help him get more ‘established’. We nearly got him out but not quite. A nice Polish couple with a big black dog lent a hand too but we could not make it until the Fun House lorry driver came over with his 4×4 and pulled Mike’s horse transporter onto more solid ground.
It certainly turned out to be a fun day in all kinds of ways! Thanks for the invite Ian.