Meet The Animals!
Lavender Waves Farm is a home to many different types of animals.
On your visit to the farm, come say hi and see how many of them you can find!
Minnie, the Great Dane
Minnie is our 4.5 year old Harlequin colored Great Dane. She is large weighing in around 140 lbs. Minnie is majestic, has two different colored eyes and is a fantastic farm guard dog. She happily chases away hawks and coyote in her attempts to keep everyone safe. She has also learned how to herd the sheep which has become an invaluable ability when we’re trying to catch one of our fast babydoll sheep. Minnie eats mostly a raw diet consisting of meats like chicken, pork, beef and deer.
This is a small breed of sheep. They’re known for their cute faces which look like dolls, thus the name. We have two rams(males) and the rest are ewes (females). Rams can be quite dangerous so we try not to handle them too much. We’d rather they maintain a healthy fear of humans rather than have them ram us.
We have 5 Huacaya females in our herd. Alpaca are camelids and they are native to south america. They are herd animals and prefer to live together. Alpaca eat grasses and plants and are typically raised for their valuable fur. Alpaca are prey animal and so do not stand up well to predators. They usually chose to run rather than fight and defend. Alpacas can certainly spit. They usually only do this as a defense mechanism. You’ll see ours often spit at each other when their grain is given to them.
Dolly, The Llama
We have one llama named Dolly. She’s around 12 years old and had a near death experience about 3 years ago. Luckily she survived and is now extremely sweet. Llama, like alpacas, are also camelids and closely related to each other. You’ll notice that the llama is about 100lbs larger than the alpacas. Dolly also has larger ears. She is one of our guard animals. She will stand her ground more so than the alpacas. Llamas will spit, kick and charge at predators if necessary. They’re known for patrolling many miles of farmland while protecting the animals that they live with. Llamas have no upper teeth, only gums.
Diego, The Donkey
Diego is our other guard animal. He’s about 10 years old. Donkeys are very territorial and can be a formidable opponent against predators like coyotes. Donkey’s have been known to kill coyotes as they typically don’t like canines. Donkeys have a very accurate kick as well as a powerful bite. The attributes make them great guards against unwanted predators that might attempt to invade a donkey’s territory. Previously, Diego was guarding a flock of sheep until their owner gave up her herd due to old age. He’s been with us since about 2019.
We have a very special animal joining us later this summer!
Stay tuned to find out what kind of animal it is.