Helen Kendall Smith
All ports warning for Alpaca in the heat folks. ironic that coming from South America some of them will react to harsh sunshine and lay out in it until they literally burn… if you do not provide them with shade so you MUST. imagine yourself outside without shade in burning heat and see how you feel. it will kill cria who must also always have access to shade and water. providing paddling pools is all very well BUT if a cria falls in their temperature will drop rapidly and they will die of hypothermia in minutes when very young… best use sprinklers safely.
meantime our lot live in luxury…
Known for breeding white socks and stars in our ponies of decades past, I love “playing” with the colour combinations with Alpaca whilst retaining strong genetic depth, conformation, temperament and fleece quality.
When you know what your own Sires have in their backgrounds and have seen them shorn… anything is possible.
2019 cria drop quality is amazing but I took my Vet by surprise recently when I showed him a deliberate mating to create a racehorse Alpaca … LOL
well with thunderstorms and Alpaca females birthing either late or 2 weeks premature and a premmie foal into the bargain with mating under way for all and the pony mares off at stud…
bird watching is the order of the day whilst we observe them – with Dads binoculars… apologies for the slightly out of focus shots but there is quite a range to be seen here LOL