Archive for December, 2011

Janice and cria feeding

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Just a quick video of Janice, one of our many great alpaca mothers here at The Alpaca Place, feeding her young cria:


A Heavyweight Arrives

Friday, December 9th, 2011


Yesterday our Cherrie gave birth to a whopping 10.8kg baby girl.  Its the biggest newborn we have ever seen, so big our standard cria cover could only just fit.  If she needs a cover for a second night we’ll have to look for a larger fit.  Cherrie has given birth to some big babies before but this one sired by our Lion Heart is a record for us.  She’s a beautiful medium fawn, very similar colouring to her Dad.

Later:   Empire Rose is pictured here at 3 days old & already over 11kg!

Whats new….

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Liz & I finally decided to take advantage of a shearing course we did ten (10!) years ago and shear our own alpacas. With 80+ alpacas on farm, the cost of paying for a mobile shearer is now prohibitive. So we’ve done a refresher course, and are currently getting  our shearing gear set up on rollers so we can move it easily. We decided to go for a traditional shearing plant rather than a motorised handpiece as the latter is too big and heavy for us to use. So as soon as our plant is installed, we’ll be shearing our own. Nerve-wracking!

We have several females due to unpack this month, Impulse has a lovely black girl sired by our Lincoln – so Impulse is now off the market until Velvet is weaned. You should have grabbed her while she was available, look what you’ve missed out on!

Our beautiful grey boy Eclipse has been injured – probably in a (not-so) fun fight, and is seriously lame. To his disgust he is not allowed in with his mates in case they aggravate the injury, and he is now baby-sitting last year’s male weanlings.