Posts Tagged ‘cria’

Cadenza Update

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Wednesday saw Gordon and I cria-napping Harmony’s baby.  Time for a vet check to see how those broken leg bones are healing. Good news!  An xray determined the bones are healing well and Cadenza could have her plaster removed.  After 5 hours away from home Harmony was very relieved to see Cadenza return, albeit with 4 matching legs, and no plaster.  Cadenza is to remain confined for another 10 days while her muscles strengthen and her leg is functioning properly.  Since she was 2 weeks old Cadenza has had to cush with her plastered leg held rigidly out in front.  Its taken her a couple of days to realise she has a knee in that leg but today (TWICE!!)  we have found her cushing with both front legs tucked up under her – just like all the others!  And today, because we no longer have to worry about keeping her plaster dry, Cadenza is enjoying grazing in a pen outside, able to eat REAL grass, instead of hay.  So the countdown is really on – soon she will be able to graze outside with Harmony, something she probably doesn’t remember ever doing before.  And before too long she’ll be able to join the other youngsters in their evening romp around the paddock. Life is fun!


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).

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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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.


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



Show Season Coming Up!

Monday, August 1st, 2011

With less than 2 months to go before the Alpaca Association National Expo and Show, we are now seriously considering our options for this season’s show circuit. The numbers of alpacas we enter is limited by the size of our trailer so it may be that we leave behind some very nice show quality alpacas. This year, however, our entrants will largely be young alpaca which means a bit more room in the trailer! The trailer passed its annual Warrant of Fitness check today and its registration for the road for the coming year will be renewed shortly. The Expo will be quickly followed by other shows that we plan to compete at: Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Levin and Masterton. The shows, coupled with spring arrivals (new cria) means the next few months promise to be full-on for both of us.