The Cria Season
We are expecting 16 new arrivals this year. So far 7 - 6 brown and 1 black - unbelievable!
Over 12 years of breeding alpacas, we have always had a high proportion of white crias - even from coloured animal combinations.
This year, we were amazed that the first 3 were dark brown girls - all solid coloured, super straight legs and full of energy. We have only produced 2 other dark browns - ever - before so this was a real surprise. Even more surprising that we have since had a further 4 cria born, of which 3 were dark brown and 1 black. Of these, one of the brown's is a boy as is the black. All are really super BUT telling them apart (boys excepted of course!) is a real problem.
We wait impatiently to see what next pops out. We are eternally grateful that - to date - we have seen no sign of Schmallenberg and that all the cria are perfect. It has been a real worry as some Devon sheep flocks have had horrendous problems
So far - so good!
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