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Golden Pine Alpacas

Breeding the Finest

Pat and Barb Patterson
163 Golden PineGoldendale, WA 98620
509-773-6184
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Alpaca Toenail Trimming / a New Experiment

Girls coming down paving stone path

Girls coming down paving stone path

By Barbara Patterson, Golden Pine Alpacas Farm

Like the changing of the seasons, the time to trim the alpacas’ toenails comes around every three months, give or take.

That schedule changed at our farm this year with the addition of concrete paving stones around the feeders, barn entrances, and a heavily used alpaca walkway.

After giving it a lot of thought, my husband Pat came up with the idea of creating an abrasive surface for our alpacas to walk on, which we read more...
Pavers on all sides of feeder

Pavers on all sides of feeder

Pavers on two sides

Pavers on two sides

Pavers at one of barn entrances

Pavers at one of barn entrances

Pavers at a west barn entrance

Pavers at a west barn entrance


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Parasite Control in Dryland Alpaca Farming: Benefits of Low Rainfall

Dryland Alpaca Farming

Dryland Alpaca Farming

By Barbara Patterson, Golden Pine Alpacas Farm

There is something about watching alpacas graze and pronk in the beautiful lush green pastures of alpaca farms in Western Washington or Oregon that makes me feel a pang of envy. These charming pastoral scenes featuring such fortunate alpacas are prevalent in alpaca publications and Facebook videos.

In contrast to this idyllic vision lies our Golden Pine Alpacas farm, located within the arid area of eastern Washington known read more...
Fecal Testing Equipment

Fecal Testing Equipment

Pastures in August

Pastures in August

Sparce green grasses Mid-March

Sparce green grasses Mid-March

Yearlings early summer

Yearlings early summer


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Alpaca Weigh Station


Here's a nifty idea Pat came up with for easily weighing alpacas in our barn. We don't have the space to put in a permanent weigh station so this works great for us. The lightweight movable wall slides over to the scale, providing a barrier that the alpaca won't challenge. A swinging gate closes off the front of the scale, the alpaca's weight is noted, the gate is opened and we lead the alpaca back to its stall.