Archive for February, 2012

New Cria & farm tasks

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

This season we have again had a number of very nice cria born, with more to come in the March/April period. Some of these are available for sale with their dams (mothers). Bethany is a real bargain with a female cria at foot, plus a free mating (valued at $800 + gst) all for an amazing $1500 + GST.  Lily also is a real bargain with a female cria at foot for just $1650 + gst, and Liz will throw in a free mating for Lily too. Some of the wee boys are also available as cria at foot when you purchase their dam – and you may score a free cria when you buy its mother!

Yulia and Ela have two young cria at foot now, Ela has a black male cria, and Yulia a dark brown female. Waiting in the wings are Angel and Annie.  Annie in particular looks about to burst – it will be interesting to see how big her cria is.

We are in the throes of managing our herd health at the moment, everyone has been dose for intestinal worms, and 1/2 the herd for AD&E.  As soon as we get more supplies, we will finish the AD&E, and also give 5-in-1 vaccine to everyone.  If you bought your alpaca from us, now is the time for you to give annual vaccinations to your herd, too 

New cria

Monday, February 20th, 2012

After a few weeks break to get us over the heat of summer, our cria have started arriving again. First up was Ela with a wee black boy, now named Brooklyn, followed by Yulia with her first ever girl! (Yulia has had 4 male cria previously). “Tessa” is dark brown with white markings, and the jury is out on whether she is just brown , or a low grade rose grey like her mother. Either way, it is exciting to finally have that girl – but it was a close run thing, as Yulia required an assisted birth when the water sac failed to rupture, and she was unable to expel the cria after the head emerged. Yulias cria usually have micron of around 18 at one year old, so we expect similar things from Tessa.

We will be watching Brooklyns development with interest, as apart from Elas cria last year, he is unrelated to any of our black girls. So we are keeping our fingers crossed we have a future stud in the making!

What you should be doing now – NZ only

Monday, February 20th, 2012

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