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Zodiac Ranch was established in 1990 as a breeder of Peruvian Paso h

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Two more baby alpacas have arrived. Just 2 more still due for the year.
09/18/2022

Two more baby alpacas have arrived. Just 2 more still due for the year.

THE BIG REVEAL:Thanks for all your guesses. So correct answer is: Orange collar boy(lighter face) is from Miles, and Bro...
09/10/2022

THE BIG REVEAL:
Thanks for all your guesses. So correct answer is: Orange collar boy(lighter face) is from Miles, and Brown Collar boy (darker face) is from Freyr!

Do you want to have a little fun? A few months ago we had a little OOPSIE here at our farm. Our female Luna was in season, and Miles, a male I co-own with a friend Jessica Piccolo was visiting while Jessica was on vacation. So Luna and Miles bred together over several days. They were starting to lose interest in each other, so Miles went home. A few days later, we were having a big Open House at our farm. My stepdaughter Audrey, was being helpful, and was letting the dogs out for the evening, when BAM, my other male Freyr decided this was his chance, and caught Luna in 2 seconds. So since I really wanted some Miles babies, the next day I drove Luna 2 hours back up north to be with Miles again. Fast Forward 63 days, and Luna presented us with 2 baby boys. But the question is, who is/are the Baby Daddy/s???? In this situation, each puppy has to be DNA'd, because each pup could have a different sire. So the big question is, who is the Baby Daddy of each pup? Study the pictures and video carefully, and give my your best guess. Both from Miles, both from Freyr, or one of each?? I just got the DNA results back today, but I am not going to reveal the results just yet!!!
https://youtu.be/ZZqW1VVp4bw

Timeline photos
09/10/2022

Timeline photos

Today is the last day of our member presale for Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village, presented by Meijer.

Then, beginning tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. ET, public tickets for Michigan’s premier outdoor Hallowe’en celebration will be available for all goblins and ghouls.

Tickets are selling quickly! Due to high demand, we highly recommend purchasing tickets to Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village in advance online. Most event dates sold out within a week of the public sale in 2021.

09/09/2022

Prosperity just had her baby, a white girl to kick off our fall birthing season. 4 more to go.

Prosperity just had her baby, a white girl to kick off our fall birthing season. 4 more to go.
09/09/2022

Prosperity just had her baby, a white girl to kick off our fall birthing season. 4 more to go.

08/31/2022

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08/27/2022
07/27/2022

Buhund families, sponsor a trophy at our upcoming National Specialty.

So it was shearing day for little miss Pretty Penny today.  I only shear the crias(babies) that are born after our shear...
07/03/2022

So it was shearing day for little miss Pretty Penny today. I only shear the crias(babies) that are born after our shearing date, but it takes me much longer than the professsional guys. So I can usually only do one per day before I get too p**ped out. So now I have done 5 babies with 5 more to go. Whew. Thanks Becky, Carrie, and George for helping hold and congrats to Lynne and John Schafer on the purchase of this little beauty. (Diamonte x Sapphire)

Oh no, my stepdaughter's been at it again! This time rescuing kittens! First a pregnant mom with her now 3 kittens, plus...
06/18/2022

Oh no, my stepdaughter's been at it again! This time rescuing kittens! First a pregnant mom with her now 3 kittens, plus some wild caught babies. They are all doing well and the first batch are ready for their new homes. They are all being socialized, have been de-wormed, and will be given their first shot (if I am able to find them, the supply at our local stores has not been good) . I am also able to microchip them if the new owner requests it. This first batch of babies that are available are about 8 weeks old, and are black or gray. They are all healthy and adorable. Small re-homing fee.

Thinking of getting into alpacas? This group of young males would make a great starter package for your farm. They are h...
06/03/2022

Thinking of getting into alpacas? This group of young males would make a great starter package for your farm. They are halter trained and easy to handle. They were all born last year so have grown up together.

Our Alpaca Boys are anxious to get to work for spring breeding season.  The next couple of weeks is a prime time for bre...
05/23/2022

Our Alpaca Boys are anxious to get to work for spring breeding season. The next couple of weeks is a prime time for breeding for spring babies, so let us know if our boys can be of service to your females. We can arrange transportation for your girls, if you don't have a trailer. We have quite a few quality males, of all colors to choose from. You can view our list of boys at our website at www.Zodiacranch.com
We are running a special offer this spring. Five hundred is due at time of breeding, the balance can be paid next year if you like the baby and want to register it. We have some new herdsires for you to consider also, like Royal Highness, and 5x champion Papa Bear. Let's talk.

We had an exciting morning. When checking on our pregnant alpacas, I noticed a new baby's head peeking over her mom Oliv...
05/03/2022

We had an exciting morning. When checking on our pregnant alpacas, I noticed a new baby's head peeking over her mom Olivia while she was laying on the ground. As I got closer I saw a second baby's head peeking over the same mom! I couldn't believe my eyes.. twins are extremely rare. Well I watched them for quite a while, and the mom definately liked one baby and was ignoring the other. I was thinking, oh no, a bottle baby. But after a little while, another mom decided to come back over and claim her baby, so we didnt have twins after all. But I will take 2 beautiful girls anytime. Both are up and nursing now and doing well.

Photos from Spiravi Kennels's post
02/09/2022

Photos from Spiravi Kennels's post

02/06/2022

True story. 🤣

Merry Christmas from Zodiac Ranch
12/26/2021

Merry Christmas from Zodiac Ranch

12/21/2021

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Hello Friends of Zodiac RanchLast call for any orders you might want to place for alpaca products before Christmas.  Sen...
12/08/2021

Hello Friends of Zodiac Ranch
Last call for any orders you might want to place for alpaca products before Christmas. Sending in my order tomorrow 12/9/2021 to my wholesaler. Their supply is getting limited in some sizes and colors, so be sure to message me with how to order. Posting pics of some of the products available, and some pricing in the pictures' comments. These products are made by a company that pools alpaca fiber from around the country, and the products all are made here in the USA>

Friends of Zodiac Ranch....My friend Rebecca Fowler and I are doing a little craft show tonight and tomorrow if anyone w...
11/17/2021

Friends of Zodiac Ranch....
My friend Rebecca Fowler and I are doing a little craft show tonight and tomorrow if anyone wants to stop by. Just off Loon Lake Rd, East of Wixom Rd. Hours 5-8pm Lots of snuggly Alpaca Products, socks, hats, blankets, and much more!

10/14/2021

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08/06/2021

When you get your 8 week old puppies, please keep these images in mind. Their bones do not even touch yet. They plod around so cutely with big floppy paws and wobbly movement because their joints are entirely made up of muscle, tendons, ligaments with skin covering. Nothing is fitting tightly together or has a true socket yet.

When you run them excessively or don't restrict their exercise to stop them from overdoing it during this period you don't give them a chance to grow properly. Every big jump or excited bouncing run causes impacts between the bones. In reasonable amounts this is not problematic and is the normal wear and tear that every animal will engage in.

When you're letting your puppy jump up and down off the lounge or bed, take them for long walks/hikes, you are damaging that forming joint. When you let the puppy scramble on tile with no traction you are damaging the joint.

You only get the chance to grow them once. A well built body is something that comes from excellent breeding and a great upbringing-BOTH, not just one.

Once grown you will have the rest of their life to spend playing and engaging in higher impact exercise. So keep it calm while they're still little baby puppies and give the gift that can only be given once.

By Patricia Crespo
Photos Veteriankey.com @62 days

*Many Bones are not fully fused until 13mo of age.

06/08/2021
05/23/2021

We are offering breeding specials through June

Timeline photos
05/07/2021

Timeline photos

SO JUST HOW LONG DO YOUR PET’S SHOTS LAST?

Definitely longer than a year!

According to the top pet immunologist (aka vaccine expert) in the world, Dr. Ronald Schultz, Ph.D. – “ Annual revaccination provides no benefit and may increase the risk for adverse reactions.”

What the heck are adverse reactions (or side effects)?

Well according to the other rock star pet immunologist Dr. Jean Dodds:

“Side effects from dog vaccinations can occur anywhere from instantly up to several weeks or months later. Vaccines can even cause susceptibility to chronic diseases that appear much later in a dog’s life (Dodd, 2001).

Severe and fatal adverse reactions include:

•Susceptibility to infections.

•Neurological disorders and encephalitis.

•Aberrant behavior, including unprovoked aggression.

•Vaccines are linked to seizures. Distemper, parvovirus, rabies and, presumably, other vaccines have been linked with poly neuropathy, a nerve disease that involves inflammation of several nerves. (Dodds,2001)”

SO HOW LONG EXACTLY DOES YOUR PET’S VACCINE LAST?

According to the recommendations of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), (basically the dudes who set the standards for the vets): “Among healthy dogs, all commercially available [core] vaccines are expected to induce a sustained protective immune response lasting at least 5 yr. thereafter”

Here’s the breakdown of the core vaccines from Dr. Ronald Schultz:

Minimum Duration of Immunity for Canine Vaccines:

Distemper- 7 years by challenge
Parvovirus – 7 years by challenge
Adenovirus – 7 years by challenge
Canine rabies – 3 years by challenge

The moral of the story here, if you have no idea when your pet is due or has been vaccinated, then just run a titer test and this will confirm if you are due, rather than over-vaccinate your poor pet, setting the stage for future problems!

What’s a titer test?

A titer test (pronounced tight-errr) is a laboratory or in-house veterinary test measuring the existence and level of antibodies (necessary to fight off disease) in your pet’s blood. Basically, it’s a test that will tell you whether or not you actually need to vaccinate your pet.

It’s also super useful when making a decision about vaccinating a pet with an unknown vaccination history, or for determining if pets have received immunity from vaccination.

Vaccinating your pet is super important so don’t lose the overall message here: VACCINATE, JUST DON’T OVER-VACCINATE!

According to Dr. Dodds:

“Vaccines have achieved many important benefits for companion animals, and has saved more animals' lives than any other medical advance.”

Want more on titer testing? Check it out:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153271303942028&set=pb.509362027.-2207520000.1461100680.&type=3&theater

Rodney Habib

"An educated, informed and well-researched community of pet owners can only put more pressure on the pet food industry to be better! When pet owners know better, they will only do better!"

03/19/2021

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03/10/2021

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02/11/2021

“Farm work doesn’t make you stronger. It doesn’t make you anything. It reveals you.

There’s gym strong and then there’s farm strong. They’re mutually exclusive.

The toughest women you’ll ever meet spend their days on a farm.

There are more uses for twine than you can possibly imagine. You can tie up a hole in a slow feeder, fashion a tail strap for a horse’s blanket, mend a broken fence and use it as a belt.

“Well that certainly didn’t go as planned,” is one thing you’ll say quite a bit.

Control is a mere illusion. The thought that you have any, at any given time, is utterly false.

Sometimes sleep is a luxury. So are lunch and dinner. And brushing your hair.

If you’ve never felt your obliques contract, then you’ve never tried stopping an overly full wheelbarrow of horse manure from tipping over sideways. Trust me, you’ll find muscles that you never knew existed on the human skeleton to prevent this from happening.

When one of the animals is ill, you’ll go to heroic lengths to minimize their discomfort.

Their needs come first. In summer heat and coldest winter days. Clean water, clean bed, and plenty of feed. Before you have your first meal, they all eat.

When you lose one of them, even though you know that day is inevitable, you still feel sadness, angst and emotional pain from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. And it’s a heaviness that lingers even though you must regroup and press on.

You’ll cry a lot. But you’ll never live more fully. You’ll remain present no matter what because you must. There is no other option.

You’ll ask for so many miracles and hold out hope until the very last.

You will, at least once, face-plant in the manure pile.

You’ll find yourself saying things like, “we have maybe twenty minutes of daylight left to git ‘er done” whilst gazing up at a nonspecific place in the sky.

You’ll become weirdly obsessive about the weather.

You’ll go out in public wearing filthy clothes and smelling of dirt, sweat and p**p. People will look at you sideways and krinkle their noses but you won’t care.

Your entire day can derail within ten seconds of the rising sun.
You can wash your coveralls. They won’t look any cleaner, but they will smell much nicer.

Farm work is difficult in its simplicity.

You’ll always notice just how beautiful sunrises and sunsets really are.

Should you ever have the opportunity to work on a farm, take the chance! You will never do anything more satisfying in your entire life.

Well, that about sums it up, folks!” - author unknown

Hello Friends of Zodiac Ranch.  I am a little behind asking if anyone is ready for alpaca socks because I just recovered...
11/30/2020

Hello Friends of Zodiac Ranch. I am a little behind asking if anyone is ready for alpaca socks because I just recovered from Covid. But I am back on track now, and checking with you all to see if you need any socks, hats or other alpaca products. HOW IT WORKS: I am associated with a producer of alpaca products. I send them fiber from my farm, it gets pooled with fiber from farms all around the country, and is then made into lovely products. All produced in the USA. If interested, go to this link, look over the products and send me a list of what you are interested in through Messenger or email me at [email protected] . This is a wholesale site, so you need to order through a dealer (me) so I will need to get back to you on the pricing. I then place my wholesale order, they ship to me, I invoice you when I know how much the shipping will be, and then I ship to you. So allow a little extra time to get your order. Have pics of some of the more popular items with prices here. For all the products available go to: www.neafp.com

09/28/2020
07/16/2020

”One of the First questions I ask clients who come to me for advice on behavior or training for obedience is, “Why did you Choose this breed?”
So many times the answer is, “Because they are really cool dogs!”
This, of course, is not a valid reason for choosing one breed over another.
When you see a dog doing what he was bred to do, harkening back to his ancestors whispering into their ears, telling them exactly how they should perform the task....well, it can make you weep.
EVERY dog needs a job, a purpose to validate them. A job that makes them stand proud and causes his tail to wag and his heart to smile.
Dogs were bred to work alongside humans, and they consider that a high calling.....along with educating us.....
And if one does not have sheep for a Collie or rabbits for a Beagle, or rats for a Terrier, there are still other functions for them to perform within their households. Our job is to find that activity, introduce it to the dog, and enjoy the companionship.

There's a woman that jogs with her GSD every day by the Indiana K9 Learning Center. She puts a prong collar on her huge working dog and off they go. We had a nice visit over the fence the other day. I complimented her on her dog's manners. I stood about six feet from her when we initially met and he was relaxed and unconcerned. (And no, I didn't ask if I could pet him). That's when I find out what a mean owner she is.

Her large GSD carries a doggy style backpack with water in it and she's been told that's mean.

She stopped at a yard sale, bought some books, put them in the backpack and she was told that's mean.

She's been chastised for running her dog with her because running a dog is mean.

I'm not sure why someone would feel that a 100 pound working breed isn't capable of carrying 10 pounds of books but someone did. I'd say that person has never looked up what a GSD was bred for. It's bred for work!

I know a Canadian that has huge herds of sheep free ranging on hundreds of acres. He has two border collies that he sends out as a team to round them up and bring them in to be counted. They'd go out before the sun was up and by mid afternoon they'd have them gathered in a large pen for him. He'd do a head count, open the gate and off they'd go. Imagine the intelligence and duration those dogs have to do that seven days a week! Now take those dogs and put them in an apartment. Yowza!

How about the frustrated woman who brought her German Short Haired Pointer in for classes...AKC's website said the breed is "easy to train" so she got one. She's a white collar wife with a young son who lives in a suburban neighborhood. That breed may be easy to train for a hunter or someone that is experienced with independent, strong willed breeds but she was really struggling with him. His energy level, strong personality and tenacity is a requirement for the job he was bred to do but a typical owner will really struggle with this breed.

Can we all agree on something right here, right now? Every dog that is in a home, in a shelter, in the show ring, or anywhere else comes from someone that was breeding dogs for a purpose. It may be way back in the dog's pedigree but it's there. Hunting, fighting, chasing, pulling, retrieving, protecting, patrolling, killing...your dog laying at your feet right now has ancestors that did at least one of those tasks very, very well. Those instincts don't disappear when they walk through your front door and become your family pet.

There's a reason terriers are tough! Because you have to be a tenacious little s**t to go down a hole after a rodent bigger than you knowing you're likely to get bitten.

There's a reason you can't get your beagle's nose off the ground during agility classes. Watch a youtube video of beagles in the field!

There's a reason your whippet wants to chase every squirrel in the yard. Watch a youtube video of sighthounds lure coursing!

There's a reason that cattle dogs go in low and nip anything moving. Watch a youtube video of them working cattle!

Here's the kicker...a cattle dog that goes in low and nips is probably the result of someone's responsible breeding. Same with the beagle, the whippet and the border collie. Those are desirable behaviors in each breed.

Understanding the propensity of certain behaviors in breeds and mixes will help owners understand where the behavior is coming from. It doesn't mean the dog gets a free pass for the behavior, but someone looking for an agility dog may not want to go with a bloodhound "because I just love their ears" or a herding breed "because I want a dog to lay around all weekend with."

All of us in the dog industry, including shelters and rescues, have a responsibility to the dogs we're in charge of and the people that want to add them to their family. We're responsible to educate the uneducated.”

- Michelle Steigmeyer, Indiana K9 Learning Center

Book reference: Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds by Caroline Coile, PHD.


Have been shearing the alpaca babies this week.  Aren't they cute?
06/18/2020

Have been shearing the alpaca babies this week. Aren't they cute?

Wish I would have had time to sunbathe with the alpacas today, it was such a nice day. Rose looks so relaxed with her bi...
06/09/2020

Wish I would have had time to sunbathe with the alpacas today, it was such a nice day. Rose looks so relaxed with her big baby belly.

05/07/2020
An alpaca activity page for your kids
04/07/2020

An alpaca activity page for your kids

Print an Alpaca Easter Egg coloring page at the link below!
https://www.alpacainfo.com/_resources/dyn/files/31945996z879f6b13/_fn/alpaca-easter-egg.pdf

Insolito, how do you keep getting yourself in this hay feeder? And why can't you figure how to get out? Such a silly boy
04/04/2020

Insolito, how do you keep getting yourself in this hay feeder? And why can't you figure how to get out? Such a silly boy

03/28/2020

They ran to the groceries, they filled up their carts,
They emptied the Tops and Price Chopper and Walmart,
They panicked and fought and then panicked some more,
Then they rushed to their homes and they locked all the doors.

The food will be gone! The milk eggs and cheese!
The yogurt! The apples! The green beans and peas!
The stores have run out, now what will we do?
They’ll be starving and looting and nothing to do!

Then they paused, and they listened a moment or two.
And they did hear a sound, rising over the fear,
It started out far, then began to grow near.

But this sound wasn’t sad, nor was it new,
The farms were still doing what farms always do.

The food was still coming, though they’d emptied the shelves,
The farms kept it coming, though they struggled themselves,

Though the cities had forgotten from where their food came,
The farms made them food every day, just the same.
Through weather and critics and markets that fall,
The farms kept on farming in spite of it all.

They farmed without thank yous.
They farmed without praise.
They farmed on the hottest and coldest of days.

They’d bought all the food, yet the next day came more,
And the people thought of something they hadn’t before.
Maybe food, they thought, doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe farmers, perhaps, mean a little bit more. ❤️

Author Credit: Anna Richards at—2020 Consulting

Cute activity pages
03/19/2020

Cute activity pages

Looking for activities for the kids this week? Click the link for free alpaca activity pages that can be printed at home!

https://www.alpacainfo.com/_resources/dyn/files/31942802zcd2546cd/_fn/aoa-coloring-book.pdf

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Leia, Fifi & Anna are home from Zodiac Ranch

I missed them so much and am so happy to have them home! Hopefully we will have 3 pregnancies to announce soon! 🤞fingers crossed!

Me with Nibble Shirt of Zodiac Ranch
He is the cutest!

laura,i Want a baby girl-she'll be my best friend
We could make this happen. :)
Come see us at Fiber Expo. Coming soon, I will be bringing a few of our alpacas.
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