Wild and Whacky Weather

By: AlpacasAtWindyHill, 10:41 PM GMT on January 18, 2014

OK weather fans...The Santa Ana winds started here on the ranch (as a northeast breeze) at 9:55 AM on Sunday, January 12. A little before 9:45 AM that day, the temperature rose to 60 degrees. The temperature didn't drop below 60 degrees on the ranch again until 6:25 PM yesterday, Friday, January 17. About 5 and a half days of January winter weather without the temperature dropping below 60 degrees. Oh, and wasn't that temperature drop nice yesterday? From a high for...

Winter Weather

Dog Days on the Ranch

By: AlpacasAtWindyHill, 3:24 AM GMT on October 05, 2010

For my money one of the noblest beasts that walks the face of the earth is the Livestock Guardian Dog. They have been raised for centuries in wild and inhospitable mountain ranges throughout Europe and Asia by herdsmen who needed help protecting their sheep, goats, and cattle from predators. They carry exotic names like Anatolian Shepherd, Kuvasz, Maremma, Akbash, Great Pyrenees, Caucasian Ovcharka, and Kangal, and they take great pride in their job. Their protec...

The Birds of Summer

By: AlpacasAtWindyHill, 4:07 AM GMT on September 20, 2010

Our ranch is on the flight pattern of several types of birds. I've taken up a bit of informal bird watching while I'm making my rounds in the pastures. When I say informal, I mean reeeeeaallly informal...as in, I have no idea what they are called, most of the time. But I really enjoy watching them travel through.This spring we had robins, midsummer we had bluebirds, and all the while we've had some funny mid-sized brown birds that nest in the ground and run like ...

Updated: 4:13 AM GMT on September 20, 2010

Moonstone, Mother of the Year

By: AlpacasAtWindyHill, 9:46 PM GMT on July 18, 2010

Now and then in the day to day activities of operating a ranch, something really special happens. It's usually something you couldn't have planned if you had tried, yet something you really needed. One is tempted to think of it as a miracle, or the answer to some unspoken prayer. Well, something just that special happened three weeks ago at Windy Hill.Sand Storm and Cezanne just weren't getting enough milk. They were happy crias, playing with the others. They ...

Sneaky Moms and Beautiful "Criations"

By: AlpacasAtWindyHill, 11:52 PM GMT on July 11, 2010

Every morning now I wake up wondering who will have her cria today. That’s not an unreasonable expectation considering we’ve already had 15 crias this month, and there are 25 more due before the end of the month! We started with a bang on July 1 with 2 crias. Mahogany Princess went into labor first thing in the morning, and delivered....a white head. When I couldn’t find the feet, I called Dr. Jana Smith to take a look, and sure enough, both the legs wer...

Updated: 11:53 PM GMT on July 11, 2010

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Alpacas at Windy Hill
Somis, CA
Elevation: 730 ft
Temperature: 87.1 °F
Dew Point: 64.4 °F
Humidity: 47%
Wind: 1.0 mph from the SSE
Wind Gust: 4.0 mph
Updated: 2:20 PM PDT on July 31, 2014

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