Sunday, 25 July 2010

On reflection...

Haven't we met before?
Bath time!
We got our fibre analysis results back this week - Pela and Minnie have held exactly the same as last year, Ambrosia and Autumn Gold were similarly good as yearlings - whilst experienced breeders can instantly judge fibre fineness, it's useful for less experienced breeders to have a quantative assessment - while I had the girls in the pen for a checkover yesterday, I had a delve into Moiras black fleece which is now developing some length - we decided not to shear her this year, as her fleece was short, and she shivered during the snow - as we found last year when analysed, it's fantastically fine so with a bit of length will be superb for products - a shame she doesn't conceive...

Alpacas bathing antics are comical - they differ so much - Moira uses her front legs to splash her chest, then sits with her chest in the bath - Pela only scoops with her front legs - Ambrosia goes for a full sit down in the bath - but Minnie sits as close as she can (as in this photo), hoping to get splashed, but doesn't, and won't get in the water at all.

4 comments:

  1. They are funny.....with the water ! My lot are often squabbling..over who's turn it is !....Jayne

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  2. What a great photo Dave...I think on reflection I won't even try to compete with that one, I'll leave it to Mark!

    Glad to hear the fleece stats are holding fine.

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  3. Nice photo Dave. Exactly how long were you standing there, camera poised, for that one?

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