Fall is here

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Primrose and Premo getting ready for Michigan International Alpacafest

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Premo

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Primrose

The Michigan International Alpacafest is coming up in less than two weeks. The two yearling Suris are going- Premo and Prim. So the preparations are going full force this week. Went for a 2 mile walk with them in the woods today, longest we’ve gone with them. They did pretty well. Definitely getting much better.

This year we are breeding the 3 new Suris for cria next fall. This is new for us we usually just breed in the spring. Don’t want to wait a year and a half to see what they produce, a year is long enough.   Add this to  the usual farm work and it’s been quite the busy fall so far. Enjoying the nice weather this week and hoping it stays for awhile.

2014 babies

Ended the year with 4 babies. 3 huacaya males- Mo, Yankee, and Sheldon. And 1 Suri female- Trillium. Also had our first losses this year, but moms have recovered well.

Mo is the dark male who was born during the Morel mushroom festival. He is out of Abby and Masada.

Yankee is the fawn male who was born on Memorial day. He is out of Gabrielle and Masada.

Sheldon is the brown male, no special day for him, but he’s special in his own way 🙂 He is out of Antigua and Masada.

Trillium is the white and fawn Suri female who was born on the 4th of July. She is out of Lily and Aysen. This is the first baby from Ace and I like what I see so far. Planing on repeating this combo for next year.

I am excited for next years babies already. Mixing things up with 5 studs. 2 are the same Suri boys, but for the huacayas we have 3 new ones. 2 are proven studs, but new for us, and the other is our almost 3 year old Manassa who will show us what he can do:) 2 are black, and a gray one. Using the same studs for the Suri’s but our rose gray Suri Cora is ready this year 🙂 So hoping for some awesome colored crias next year!!!

Ups and downs on the farm.

Has been a sad week here on the farm. We have always been lucky to have mostly easy births with our girls, and had never lost any babies.

With alpaca pregnancies lasting a year it’s a long wait to see the results of your breeding decisions. Then in the last weeks there is a lot of time monitoring for labor. Alpacas are stoic animals so most signs are subtle. It helps to know individual routines, but they can still trick you. It is lots of fun though to watch the babies move around inside and wonder what they will be. They can come in any color, and you never know what you’ll get. Then are they boys or girls?
So that’s what’s been going on the last 2 months, watching routines, bellies and bottoms for changes. This week though we’ve been reminded that there are never any guarantees. GiGi had a hard labor and we found that we had our first breech baby. She had her little back legs folded under her and there was no way she was going to f Continue reading

Shearing and babies

Busy week on the farm. Shearing was on Wednesday, poor babies were cold when it snowed on Friday. Abby had her baby on Saturday morning. Another boy! Hoping for some girls out of the rest 🙂 He is very cute though. Appears to be dark brown with some white on his face and two white socks on his front legs. Gabby should be any day now, with GiGi and Cammie coming up soon after.

Also found out what has been making Josh sick. During shearing we found an abscess on his shoulder. Couldn’t see that with all the wool. So another round of antibiotics. Karly is learning how to give the IM injections and doing a good job. Ah the life of a farm girl 🙂

Baby watch

On the watch for babies. Abby and Gabby are due in 2 weeks, with GiGi due in 4 weeks. Cammie, Lily and Antigua are due mid June. Hoping to have some warmer weather before we see the new little ones.

May 14th is shearing day, again hope to have warm weather so they can show off their new haircuts without freezing. We have lots of moisture in the ground. A little warm is all we’ll need to see the pastures and hayfields green up. Come on sunshine!!!

In the pictures- Abby and Gabby close to due. And 3 of my favorite Suri girls- Corazon, Primrose, and Tiger Lily. Love those girls 🙂