— The AAWW Team

Polaris Alpacas

Breeding For The Future

Betty Tanner and Bill Karle
3306 92nd Street EastTacoma, WA 98446

Friday, June 7, 2013

Birthing Babies!

Well, sometimes it helps to be a nurse. Most would say it always helps to be a nurse. Today, I experienced that. Yes, I am a nurse, but I typically don't have to shift into nurse mode at home (something about bringing work home with me that I'm averse to).

I've been watching these girls, Maia, Moonglow, and Bianca pretty closely as they are all due at about the same time. Maia delivered her baby while I napped Wednesday afternoon and when I got up and checked on them again, there read more...

Monday, May 20, 2013


I'm glad you asked. EPD is an acronym for Expected Progeny Differences. It is the statistical classification of that paricular category and the probablility that that quality will be passed to the next generation. Easy, isn't that? But do you get confused by numbers like I do? Well, I think I can help put it in easier terms.....I'll be using the Easy Button.

So you've sent your fleece sample in for analysis in the EPD program at ARI. Excellent! Now you have the information in y read more...

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Joys with Alpacas

I'm away from home again. This week I'm at Nationals. I barely spent time at home after CABA. I love to travel, but I love being home, too. I've put two fleeces in this show, but I find myself thinking about the very pregnant alpacas I have at home. I hope that they wait till after shearing. I am excited about what I'm going to get this year. Three different studs, one, our very own Antares! But what I'm most excited about are the upcoming breedings. I want to get a breeding or two with read more...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Alpaca Farming......not just pasture work

This week my son and his family have been in Seattle on vacation. Jon and Ivy are very talented. Jon is a business owner and camera operator. His website address is jonivyfilms.com. Jon also creates web sites for business and nonprofits. So while he is here I decided to corner him and get his help with networking and website issues. Please take a look at the updated Facebook page. We sat at the table most of the day working on the computer and frequently had three computers and two tablets read more...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sutures and Sunburns

Some days just seem to be more eventful than others on the farm. I think I am finally realizing that this is so much more work than I imagined both physically and emotionally.

Monday, Bill calls me at work to let me know that Cassandra has delivered a baby boy that afternoon. He found the cria when he got home from work and went to check on her and Cheyenne. Cassandra did well! Considering that she isn't on the large side but the baby weighed 19.3 pounds. He nursed, Bill got him read more...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Web Cams are up

Handsome Regulus

Handsome Regulus

This has been a mission for Bill. He has been working for months to get web cams up and running so that we can see the alpacas from anywhere. He has almost completed this plan. The cameras are installed and are running. We can see them inside on the computer and on our phones. The cameras record in real time so if you want to watch them walk across the pasture, you can! Our next step is to get them wireless and set up a subscription service so that others can see them, too! It really help read more...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

So it really does work that way!

For those of you who know us, you know that our birthing season has been stressful. Last year we had one female bred who ended up needing to be delivered by cesarean section. We got a wonderful white male but the next few days were unkind. Tube feeding colostrum, making milk per Dr Steve Hull's instructions, trying to get the mom to nurse this baby. Finally the placenta passes (intact, thankfully) and the mom turns around and you can see the connection in her face.....oh, there's a baby ther read more...

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Hidden Treasures Found

Well, its that time of year. Time for crias and breeding. The weather is getting warmer (finally) but today we still have rain. The chicks are getting bigger, the adult chickens are molting and giving us fewer eggs or maybe they are becoming more adept at hiding them. They are making me look in more creative places for them. Found one on my husband's work bench in the garage. Found nine behind a hay bale in the second loafing shed. I'm wondering when they are going to start laying between read more...

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Breeding and babies

Alpaca cria have their own timing just like people babies do. We are waiting and on baby watch for Voulez-vous, Cassandra, and Cheyenne. All three are bred to Yangarra Diamond, whom we lovingly call Moose. We are really watching closely as Cassandra isn't as big as the others and we want to be available should she need help. She is a very experienced mother tho so we are hoping that she will do fine. She certainly doesn't look as big as Voulez-vous does so that is fueling our hope that her read more...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

More Naked Alpacas

Shearing is done for the year and once again, our pastures contain naked alpacas. This was just a couple weeks earlier than we had done it previously. We didn't have any really hot days to make us get out the sprinkler system and get it up and running. We had a couple days where we hosed off bellies and legs and clearly provided much relief to them and entertainment for us. We did a couple things different this year. We used the shop vac on them and got out a good bit of VM and dirt. I kno read more...