Wednesday, July 13, 2011
During these long hot days of summer we often do amost anything to keep ourselves cool. I grew up on a farm in northern Indiana during a decade when air conditioning was not even an option. As kids, we often cooled off in the lawn sprinkler or sat in front of a fan. But my favorite place to cool off was down by the creek where a field tile poured out cold, refreshing water several feet above the stream. There, I would sit under that delightful shower until I was shivering cold and then go dry off in the sun until I was ready for my next adventure.
Our alpacas are smart animals that will also do what ever it takes to keep cool. The difference is that they can only apply the resources that we as their caretakers provide for them. So, we need to be aware of the most effective methods of providing relief from the heat of summer and implement the appropriate ones. Check out our articles about heat stress and keeping your alpacas cool.