Posts Tagged ‘covers’

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!

Spring

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Officially, the first day of Spring! Which was heralded, overnight, with torrential rain – in a winter characterised by high rainfall, this was the heaviest of the lot. However, along with the dawn, came sunshine, and it has been a beautiful day, even if wet underfoot.

Some of our girls have found the weather conditions very trying, particularly those with cria at foot. We discovered a local farm supplies retailer who was selling bright blue calf covers made out of heavy duty vinyl – and the medium siz one fit our average size adult alpaca very well ! These are designed to slip over the head and are secured by a soft elastic strap around the haunches – so they don’t interfere with feeding cria. After a few minutes intial panic, our girls settled into wearing the cover, which by keeping out the wind and rain, helped them keep warm, too. Some of our younger cria got to wear the small size calf cover, we have found them a great boon.