Archive for March, 2012

Busted!

Friday, March 30th, 2012

On Monday night (26th March), we discovered our two week old cria had broken her leg. X-rays show both bones in her lower foreleg have been broken, with an open wound where the bone had poked through the flesh. Our vet tells us the type of fracture is consistent with a kick.

Cadenza now sports a bright blue cast from the top of her leg to the toes, and requires some observant nursing, to make sure the wound in her leg doesn’t become infected under the cast (she is also having anti-biotic every 2 days to help prevent this also), and she is not allowed to get the cast wet. This means she and her mother, Harmony, are now being kept under cover for the next five weeks until the break heals. We will write a full article on Cadenzas broken leg after she is mobile again, and publish it in our newsletter. (If you don’t already receive our newsletter, you can sign up here).

What a Bonus!

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

The big surprise of the year was when our champion black female, NightShade, gave birth to a black male cria. What’s so surprising about that, I hear you ask!  The surprise is in the fact that the cria (now named KingMaker) is sired by our medium fawn stud Forestglen Lion Heart. Lion Heart is descended from Purrumbete Highlander (who threw a few black cria), but it is 3-4 generations back, and the chances of Lion Heart himself carrying black was so slim as to be almost discounted. So we expected a fawn or brown cria!

Knowing Lion Heart carries black is a huge boost to our black herd, as it means we can introduce all the famous studs such as Highlander, Inti, El Dorado, and one of the few famous female alpacas, Purrumbete Sweet Freedom. Along with the famous names, Lion Heart has a reputation of producing fine fleece cria with lots of crimp.

KingMaker then has the best of white/fawn and black heritage, as NightShade, sired by our own Pejo Rebel, has the best of blacks in her heritage- Coonawarra Dorchester and his sire Coonawarra Julius, plus Somerset Peruvian Black Reign. Watching him grow into his potential is going to be so exciting!