Archive for November, 2011

New Arrivals

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The new arrivals keep on coming! Yesterday our new stud male, Gold Flash arrived from Christchurch. Sired by Jolimont Attitude, a sire famous in Australia, NZ and Europe, he will make a big impact on our region. Later the same day, Impulse unpacked a black female cria, as yet un-named. Look for more news (and photos) about these two soon!   20/12/2011: And here we are.  The promised photo of Gold Flash.

Walk An Alpaca

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Saturday the 19th November  saw Gordon and me at the Rathkeale College Christmas Fete.  This event gets bigger every year and is well supported by the local community.  We are building the range of alpaca products that we sell and this creates increasing interest.  But the highlight for lots of children (and some grown up children as well!) was the opportunity to take our young alpacas for a walk.  Our little guys were very co-operative and tolerant of the strange environment –  lots of people got to stroke and cuddle them – they were a real hit.  If you come on one of our farm tours you will get a similar opportunity.

Premature cria

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

We recently had 2 premature cria born within a week of each other. Both ( a white female named Crystal, and a black male named Whiskey) had issues as a result of their early birth, Crystal with heat stress, and Whiskey with general weakness as result of prematurity.

Crystal required an assisted birth, although not a great deal. She needed to have membrane removed from her face to allow her to breathe, and a bit of help to be born as Platinum (her mother) lay down throughout the birth. Fortunately, Crystal did not appear to have any breathing difficulties as a result of not being able to drain fluids as a standing birth would have allowed. However, the next day was very hot and sunny, and our little girl collapsed from heat stress. We moved her into the shade, and gave her a plasma infusion when she failed to recover. This was enough to keep her alive, and she picked up over the next couple of days to be a normal active cria. Crystal was about 2 weeks premature, and has no physical signs of prematurity.

Whiskey was born while Liz and I were at Manawatu Show.There were no birthing difficulties, although he was about 9 days premature. Gordon bottle fed him as he was obviously lacking energy, and his mother was not attentive. When Liz and I arrived home, we gave him a plasma infusion, but he has been slow to gain strength, and is still very inactive. He is feeding from his mother, but we are still supplementary feeding him to try and bring his strength up. He is not yet out of the woods. Whiskey is “down on his pasterns (study the 2 photos above to see the difference in the way these 2 cria stand), this is  a common feature of premature cria, and should fix itself over the next few weeks.

2011 Manawatu Show

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

The Manawatu  show was held on the 5th & 6th of November. The weather was rather chilly, but as it is an indoor show, we were unaffected by any rain. We took a team of 7 alpacas and came home with 3 first places, and 2 second places, so were very happy with that result. It was Sterlings first show, and because of other events in the preceeding week, he had only been on a halter 4 times before going to the show – but behaved himself perfectly – which bodes well for the future, as we expect him to have a long show career. Sunday also included a call from Gordon to say another cria had been born at home (happens everytime we go away), this time a black male.

HB Show and new cria – on the same day

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

What a busy time we have had since returning from the National Show – first we attended the Hawkes Bay show, where Cracker impressed by winning the Intermediate white/light fawn fleece, and Marquis picked up a first placing in his class. 2nd placings were awarded to HollyAnna and Marshall as well, so a enjoyable day for us – despite the heat.

Gordon stayed at home to care for the alpacas – and just as well, as 2 of our girls, Jean E and Delta had their cria within an hour of each other the same day. Both girls, Jean E had a white, now named Celtic Mist (Misty) for her grand-father, and Delta had a rose grey like herself who has been named Cypress.

Misty (left) & Cypress