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What's New !!!
Recent changes to the website
We've reluctantly said goodbye to Kokanee, euthanized at 23.5 years. Fortunately her decline was short and we were able to manage her discomfort, and we gave her lots of scritches (as always) until the end.
Not a llama or Fjord, but certainly important is Hunter, our newest rodent control specialist. With our three other cats, all healthy and active, but also now in double-digits (ages 10, 11 and 12), it was a good time to add an understudy. Hunter is the perfect addition to the family, and he lives up to his chosen name already!
We've decided to retain both Peanut and Elahn for at least an additional year or two — Peanut is proving to be so versatile that we can't afford to lose her help training our other female-packers-in-training. Elahn may also have to step into the trainer role for a year or two, as Aldwyn is not yet physically and mentally mature enough to shoulder that responsibility yet for us.
We welcome Lost Creek Ranger Arikaree! Our lone 2016 baby, now coming up on two months of age, is a brainy, well-adjusted charmer. Oh, and her paint job is definitely something else!
We've said our goodbyes to Megan.
Klahowya is pending sale to an excellent home.
Timing is everything!!! We received an email inquiry JUST prior to breeding Saucony, and so instead of eating for two, Saucony is now a career gal, working her way into the Jackson Hole Llama Trekking all-female packing string. Congratulations, Jill and Dave!
After three additional attempts (and failures) to purchase a breeding-quality Norwegian Fjord filly or mare, we've struck paydirt in a big way. Welcome, Winny (registered name BDF Winifred)!!! Winny not only has an exceptionally pleasant, willing disposition and a fine working resume of her own, but her immediate kin are also the kind of working athletes with stellar dispositions that we seek. We expect to begin offering Norwegian Fjord foals for sale beginning in 2018, but first we'll be evaluating Winny in great depth so we can select the stallion who will best compliment her.
Last and definitely not least, we have made arrangements to acquire three fine young llamas who will eventually expand and enhance our breeding herd's bloodlines and also join us for adventures on the trail ... all in due time, when they're old enough. Stay tuned for details!
Bad links on the Misdirected Territorial Aggression pages are now fixed (many thanks to the sharp-eyed visitor who let us know!).
We've pulled Saucony and Klahowya off the market until mid-2017. The type of sales inquiries we've been getting (coupled with time and space for a couple of additional babies in 2017 only) has spurred us to breed them both before selling them. If you're interested in Saucony, Klahowya, and/or their babies, contact us and we will notify you when the babies are born. Both offspring are virtually certain to be for sale. (Please note that we do not make binding commitments to sell unborn llamas — there are just too many unknown risks out of everyone's control, not to mention too many variables to ensure a good llama-human match — but we do honor serious inquiries in the order that they are received.)
Farm improvements — After seeing how much hay (and money) NibbleNets® saved us with the horses (as well as keeping their shelter area super-tidy), we began gradually installing them for the llamas. WOW!!! NibbleNets® have made our llamas happier and slimmer! Both equids and camelids spend huge portions of their days seeking out and munching wisps of forage in their natural state. Piles of hay just aren't natural ... and if fed little enough to prevent excessive weight gain, these grazers get bored-bored-bored ... and more than a bit anxious and uptight due to inability to follow their instincts to be busy eating. The NibbleNets® allow the same amount of hay to last MUCH longer, keep it up off the ground (away from mud, parasites, and fungi), and go a long way towards preventing choke (yes, aggressively-feeding llamas and horses can choke on loose hay). Although the horses naturally sort-of share their NibbleNets® (there's one per horse, but they prefer to feed together), we're also seeing a marked decline in food aggression among the llamas since putting up the NibbleNets®
For the llamas, we use the "Picnic Plus" with the smallest (1.25") openings; for the Fjords, we use the "Double Nibble", 6" deep, also with the smallest (1.25") openings. Rationing the llamas' hay is still necessary, but the small-opening NibbleNets® coupled with 24/7 turnout on bare-ground track paddock means we can keep hay available for the horses at all times — even the super-easy-keeper Fjords remain at a healthy weight.
The beautiful, athletic, funny, and clever Norwegian Fjord filly we purchased died in a freak pasture accident before we were able to pick her up. Fortunately we were dealing with a very ethical breeder, and we were promptly made financially whole ... even though the holes in our hearts will never really heal. And that filly set the bar very, very high for any possible future purchase(s). Gallop with the wind, little Rena!
Bad link on Klahowya's page is fixed.
Fencing and farm repairs are still dominating our time, but there's actually light at the end of the tunnel!
A dry winter and an obviously serious fire season already underway means we're not even going to plan on llama packing or even much off-farm training for 2015. Any serendipitous changes to that will be welcome, but are not seriously expected.
Although the USPS's "plant consolidiation" postponement (announced in late May) means no job and schedule changes, that situation (and Gwen's job) is still on the table for 2016. The whole job uproar is causing us to make much firmer plans for retirement in a few years; Jim's increasing preference to play music rather than train llamas and Gwen's planned pursuit of lutherie upon retirement from the USPS (as well as purchase of a 2015 Norwegian Fjord filly) means that breeding pack llamas will be a much, much smaller part of our retirement years than originally projected. As a result, we're cutting our prime breeding herd to the very core and making available EVERY breeding-quality female that is both (1) under ten years of age and (2) too closely related to our two up-and-coming next-generation studs, Lost Creek Ranger Koa and Lost Creek Ranger Scioty.
See Llamas For Sale for the best selection of pack prospects and excellent Classic breeding females we have ever offered in 30 years (and almost certainly the best selection we will ever offer again). Fair and reasonable offers are welcome, and discounted package deals (llamas with packing equipment and/or multiple llamas) are definitely possible!
Fencing and farm repairs have dominated our time this year, but we do have a few updates:
• The Llama Family page has again been updated with one new arrival, two senior llamas returning home, and (sadly) another departure.
• We're continuing to face work scheduling changes that will, if implimented, result in our having to take a hiatus from breeding llamas. We've listed some animals for sale that we did not anticipate ever, EVER parting with — see Llamas For Sale
• We'll also be taking a hiatus from providing stud service, although exceptions may be possible depending on details, scheduling options, and your location.
• Pages in the new format — The Fine Print (and companion break-out pages accessed with links at the bottom)
• The Llama Family page has been updated with arrivals and (sadly) some departures.
• Updated pages in the new format: Classic Llama Stud Service
• Updated for 2014 — Credo's Stud Service Page
Much gets done once a workflow pattern is established! Having a week off work helps, too.
• Global link error for the "home" button has been fixed within the mysterious Spry widget ... by hand (WHEW!).
• The Lost Creek Llamas Blog has finally been launched! In it, you'll find past articles and opinion pieces that don't really fit anywhere in the website (and the limitations of that dastardly Spry widget), reflections on current farm and "llama world" happenings, and ... who knows what else.
The Llama Family page is now in the new software and format, and all memorials are now user-friendly individual pages with the bonus of easier maintenance! A lot of updated memorials, too ... losses are inevitable ...
At long last, the Spry widget mystery has been solved, a template page built, and the next-to-last phase of the long promised re-construction is underway — YAY !!!!!
There WILL be some links in the menu bar that don't work yet (that's the last phase — building some brand new pages, and restructuring a few old ones to be more user-friendly), but feel free to use the instructions on the Contact Us page to let us know about any links that remain dead.
Health is a wonderful thing.
• 2012 babies' photos and pages added (get to them from our llama family page, also updated)
• Credo's stud service page updated
• A bunch of old links removed or updated (but, sigh, probably not all of 'em ...)
• Fenbendazole warning for early gestation llamas added (scroll down)