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Alpacas of El Dorado

WE CREATE OUR TOMORROWS BY WHAT WE DREAM TODAY

Scott and Laurie Findlay
4535 Boo Bear LaneSomerset, CA 95684
530-642-8082 (Ranch)
650-303-6400 (Laurie), 650-922-3784 (Scott)
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

ALPACAS AT YOUR WEDDING!!!

Sunshine in her wedding halo

Sunshine in her wedding halo

EVER THOUGHT ABOUT HAVING ALPACAS AT OR IN YOUR WEDDING? RECENTLY OUR ALPACAS, CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW AND SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY WERE IN THEIR VERY FIRST WEDDING. IT WAS A SURPRISE FOR THE BRIDE!!! THE BRIDE AND GROOM GOT TO WALK WITH THE ALPACAS AND TAKE NUMEROUS PICTURES. ALL THE BRIDESMAIDS GOT THEIR PICTURES TAKEN WITH THE ALPACAS ALONG WITH THE ATTENDEES.

IF YOU WANT ALPACAS TO COME TO YOUR WEDDING - GIVE US A CALL - AND WE CAN TALK ABOUT FEES, SERVICES AND LOCATIONS.
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Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom


Sunday, December 31, 2017

LET'S WRAP UP 2017 AND WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TOO

2017 was a banner year for Alpacas of El Dorado. We had over 13 exceptional cria born to the farm. Many of which we showed and were very pleased with our team. We also had a great sales year. 15 of our Suri and Huacaya went to new farms. We invested in many outside breedings to both Huacaya and Suri and cannot wait for the offspring. 4 of which were born in 2017. We cannot wait to show them to you in the show season.
We decided to invest more into our products for sale in 2017 and Sock Sun read more...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Your California Accoyo Suri Connection

It's been a great year here at Alpacas of El Dorado. We have been blessed with many sales and have added some very fine genetics to our huacaya and suri herd. But what we are most pleased about is going into some very fine partnerships. We have partnered with Dale and Jan Davis and Derwydd Alpacas on 2 of the best suri males in California. Derwydd Accoyo Ch'aska, a Bruxo son who is fawn. And Derwydd Tagi's Phawchi, one sexy 1/2 accoyo male ! We have also partnered with Super Suris and Derwydd A read more...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Please Back Up Your Computer

So, I haven't been on the blog for quite some time. I have been writing stories and saving them to my documents in our computer. Much to my dismay, about a month ago our computer started making clicking noises. It didn't want to boot up and I started getting scared that I might lose all of our "Alpaca Ease" files. These are the day to day files you keep on every one of your alpacas. I have three years of accumulated information on this. Doseages, treatments, birthing histories, everything you ca read more...

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

It's a Cryin Shame

It's weaning time here at the ranch and we like it to be as stress free as possible for both dams and cria. This year we have a group of six candidates to be weaned. We like to wean them in groups which ease the stress of not having mom for a day. The other idea we have found to be a great help is to put dams in one pasture and cria in a pasture right next to them. This way, they see each other all day and can touch each other through the fence but just can't nurse. All weanlings are checked all read more...

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Plasma Transfers can work wonders

Let me just say first, I don't claim to know everything and rely on my vets, mentors, and the internet for a lot of guidance. But I can give you a few pointers on what to look for on a failing cria. Just this year after 4 years of really not having any birthing problems we have had two recent situations. First a stillborn from a dam that has had many healthy crias and second a cria that looked to start out right and start to backslide within 24 hours after birth. We are awaiting the final result read more...

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Alpaca Van

It is amazing how your priorities change when you get into this business. We have a great truck and trailer set up that we had customized to meet our "alpaca traveling" needs. But we kept thinking about what would we do if we were off the ranch with our "rig" and an animal needed to be transported to the vet. Or how nice it would be if we had a small van for everyday use instead of having to take out the large "rig". Mostly I was thinking how nice it would be if I didn't have to depend on using read more...

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Halter Training 101

We like to make halter training as pleasant of an experience as possible. Saying that, it seems everyone has had different experiences with halter training and I am always asking questions from people that have well mannered animals in the show ring. Getting them started young seems to work best for me. As soon as I could fit their tiny heads into halters we started working with them. Since all seven of our cria are about the same age, this made things easy. At about 2 months I started separatin read more...

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Ear Flushes that Work

Today I noticed that two of our three studs that are in the same pen were shaking their heads and sneezing. It has been my experience that there is usually a tick or some other small irritant down in one of their ears. I have a great solution for this brought to me by Dr. Rob Pollard. He has put together an ear flush that actually works. It comes in an 8 ounce bottle and for mites or ticks you add 2ccs of ivermectin directly into the 8 ounce bottle. You then shake it up and draw up in a syringe read more...