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13 years 5 months ago #26005 by Alpaca Dreaming
Hi everyone,

We're just starting to realise our dream of owning our first lifestyle block and thought it would be best join to get some good info from the people in the know!

We are currently living in Hamilton City and have our heart set on a couple or three acres not too far away, to enjoy a lifestyle and have a few alpacas to cuddle :)

Looking forward to finding out more and getting some good advice,

Thanks,
Alpaca Dreaming.

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13 years 5 months ago #362545 by Celtic_Kiwi
Replied by Celtic_Kiwi on topic Hello. we're new here
Welcome A-D, :D :D

Congratulations on the lifestyle block. Will you be building as well, or does the land have a pre-exisiting house ?

Celtic_Kiwi
AKA Nikki

Tir Na NOg

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13 years 5 months ago #362557 by Alpaca Dreaming
Thank you.

Yes we will be building as soon as our finances allow. Our plan is to buy the land now and hold on to it until we are able to sell our current home.

The land will have a covenant to keep the grass down, so we are still deciding on how we can do that before building. The block is currently grazed by the local dairy farmer, so that may be an option for the time being, otherwise we will have to look into a water supply etc.

Regards,
A-D :D

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13 years 5 months ago #362576 by Stu_R
Replied by Stu_R on topic Hello. we're new here
Hi AlpacaDreaming :) and welcome to the LSB cyber family :)
:) love your ideas of Alpaca's :) they are neat lil animals :)
From what you have said :) .. maybe it good idea to lease the land to the dairy farmer guy for a perriod of time that you think will take to get folding stuff enough to build :) .. at least it helps pay the rates on the land eh :)
:) am sure you will like your time here :) and will get some great ideas and knowledge from the people here :)
all are friendly and helpful :)

5 retired Greyhounds ( Bridgette , Lilly, GoGo,Sam and now Lenny) 15 friendly sheep all of whom are named and come when you call them :) , 2 goats, Mollie and Eee Bee :
Olive trees , .. old bugger doing the best he can with no money or land :)

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13 years 5 months ago #362609 by The Kats Place
Which direction AD? We are out Te Pahu way, love it, heavan on earth!
You will always find someone willing to graze it for you at this time of year, or you culd make hay. Anyway welcome and enjoy the forum, cheers

kats
Live your life in such a way that it will be easy for people to say nice things at your funeral [;)]

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13 years 4 months ago #363258 by RaeM1
Replied by RaeM1 on topic Hello. we're new here
Friend of mine was involved with shearing Alpacas yesterday, and said that it was a dreadful process, as they spit, scream, cry and fight and have to be tied down, with their legs and with 4 people holding them, sitting on them, as well, the job was done, but as she does not own these animals, she recons that she would never even think of buying them, may be pretty in the paddock, but pretty high maintance, as evidently the front teeth have to be ground down occasionally, plus their feet have to be trimmed like goats, and if not taught from a young age to be really well handled can be very very hard to manage.

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13 years 4 months ago #363925 by ratapark
Replied by ratapark on topic Hello. we're new here
Hi there.... we have been breeding suri alpaca for the past 6 years and they are extremely LOW maintainence - if people are having to sit on alpacas to shear them, then they don't know what they are doing. I will agree that they don't like the whole shearing process but if you have experienced handlers, the right equipment and a shearer who knows what they are doing then the whole process is less stressful, for both the alpaca and the people carrying out the task. They are shorn once a year, they don't get footrot nor flystrike. Definately a low maintainence animal.

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