Friday, July 25, 2008
I think that Beth and I helped Lars (Polaris) do a successful breeding with Lady Belita today. Someone told me that they watched alpaca or llama breeding on the "Dirtiest Jobs" show. I don't know why it would be considered dirty, it's not like we got spit on, or kicked, or anything like that.
First of all, if the female is ready to be bred, she will cush, like white Ariana is doing in this first picture. If she is already bred, or has a headache ☺, or something, she will spit, run away, maybe kick, or like Belita - do a growling, warning thing. Almost anything to let the male know that she is not receptive.
Belita did none of these things, but just stood there so Beth and I did a little "one, two, three, slide her front feet back" and down she went.
Now you need to know that this was Lars's second breeding attempt. He's our homegrown herdsire and only 2 and 1/2 years old.
My role was something like this "No, Lars, not the head, nope, not her side either, yep, back there, no, no, don't slide back, good boy, good boy, opps, get up there."
Beth is on her knees holding Belita's tail out of the way (tail is covered with a sock, don't want Lars getting a fiber burn), and observing and reporting to me any connections being made.
And SUCCESS! We had about a 20 minute breeding.
We will probably have our vet do an ultrasound and/or a progesterone test in a month to be sure that she's pregnant. If not, we will try again in the fall. Alpaca gestation is 11 months and we try to plan births to avoid high heat and extreme cold.
This is our handsome herd sire, Polaris, on the left. He is a very gentle guy with lovely conformation and fleece. We are hoping he has it figured out so that Beth and I don't have to be so actively involved. Sometimes we get to giggling thinking about what we would look like if someone walked into the barn.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Oh, my gosh, friends, Etsy did a really, really nice article about the alpacas, this blog, and my shop. You might want to take a look here:
If you just double click in the middle of the blue, you will go to the Etsy article.
The dear brown girl who is pictured here is Sonata who is due in September with her first cria. She was bred to a handsome Gray and we are really hoping for a RoseGray. Of course, will love whatever she has. But, oh, I can just imagine spinning up Baby RoseGray Alpaca. Mmmmm.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I promised you a picture of Spot actually nursing on Ariana instead of a bottle. Here he is!!!! Melanie was out and took this picture to email to me. He will have absolutely nothing to do with his bottle and is a little aloof to me now. I'm so amazed that after 3 weeks he is figuring out the instincts that he should of had at birth. And thank you, Ariana, for being so patient with him.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
This morning it happened (see here) and I thanked her. Her choice for a gift is this hat. Jennifer lives in Ottawa, Canada.
Actually, I find out that she is very interested in alpacas and is considering getting her own herd so that she can spin up this wonderful fiber on her own.
Soooooo, thanks, Jennifer, for your ♥