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At the ranch, people always ask, Do you want me to close the gate? YES!! Please close the gate! If it’s closed when you encountered it, then close it after you go through it!! Gates are there for a very specific reason; to keep animals in or out.
If only this Rancher could follow her own rule! This Rancher flits around the ranch all day, doing this and that, tending to the herd, in no particular order, in and out of pens, the barn, and barn stalls. Closing the gates can sometimes be an after thought, and doesn’t always get done. Which always leads to a surprise later on down the road!! (See Wrangling Angus on FB for details.)
I believe that the fiber is the fruit of the Rancher’s hard work. It is after all, the Rancher who makes the breeding decisions (barring that the gates get closed!!) for the best possible fiber outcomes, and who provides the alpacas with a nutritious diet so they produce fabulous fleece! It is the Rancher who is responsible for the shearing and harvesting of the fiber, and preparing the fiber for the mill. And the Rancher who makes all of the decisions for how the mill is to process the fiber into products.
And sometimes, this Rancher, leaves the gate open…..Hence the name, The Open-Gate Rancher.
**NO animals are ever in danger of getting loose or mixing with the opposite sex, at Pacas West**