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Saturday, November 16, 2019

It's Fall at Tres Amigos Ranch

Keeping Tinya Warm

Keeping Tinya Warm

It is officially fall here at Tres Amigos Ranch. The days are getting shorter and when the sun drops behind the mountain range temps fall quickly. We are thankful the alpacas have a good staple length to their fleece to keep warm. We've already had two very cold weather fronts in October that drove temps down into the single digits and brought with it a significant snowfall. We always worry about how these pendulum swings in the weather might affect the animals. We bring out the coats for some of our older alpacas and at feeding time we top off their feeders with an additional heap of that luscious second cutting orchard hay. We may even sprinkle some yummy third or fourth cutting alfalfa on top. If we anticipate the winds are going to be strong with blowing snow, we will also shut everyone in. There is something serene about going out to the barn to check on everyone just before these drastic weather changes are predicted. The barn is quiet, the alpacas are chewing their cud, and they are all bedded down for the night. Even a few have their long necks stretched out with their eyes closed. Winter doesn't officially arrive until December 21st, however, when you live at 7100' we need to expect and be prepared for snow, wind, and anything else mother nature will send our way.
Fall at Tres Amigos Ranch

Fall at Tres Amigos Ranch

Winter in October at Tres Amigos Ranch

Winter in October at Tres Amigos Ranch