Sunday 21 July 2013

Arrival of the Empress.

Saturday morning at ten to ten, I was perched on the roof of the barn, trying to do a repair befoer it got to hot, when I spotted Apples lying awkwardly with 'something' going on at her rear end - 5 days over her due date, I knew what was going on, and raced as quickly as you can across a roof, and slid down the ladder cartoon style.
The welcoming committe gather to inspect the 'launch pad'.

With the head out, in the searing heat flies are instantly attracted - there's nothing you can do at this stage.
After ten minutes or so, Apples heads for the shade of the glade for the birth.
We kept our distance so as not to cause unneccesary stress, and in a jiffy the cria was on the ground.
  Welcome Empress at 8.0kg.
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The umbelical cord had severed close to the navel, and there was quite a lot of blood, which, through rolling around, ended up on her neck and spread across the stomach - I collected some bulldog clips(!) and a clothes peg (!!), but after brief pressure from a cloth, it stopped, however we then had concern about the amount of flies gathering around. We didn't want to immediately clean her and spoil the mother-cria bonding and scent areas, so we waited anxiously while she took her first steps and suckeld over the next hour or so - then we got some warm water, and rinsed her off.
We've divided the herd late this afternoon - with new mums needing a little personal space for feeding, and the need for shade for all, we've split them so that some can use the permanent shelter, and the mums can use the mobile shades, with new grazing to help their milk supply.
Apples with Empress.
Apples has Dovecote Jacquinto of Alpaca Stud as sire, and Accoyo Remarque and Quetchan Frottle on her dams side - the sire of Empress is CCNF Talon of Clasical Mile End. Joy says it is the softest cria fleece she has seen, and it is very bright.
Not forgetting, Bramley with Elstar.


  1. Congratulations on the arrival of Empress, she looks lovely. Elstar looks to be coming along very nicely!

  2. Empress looks very classy Congratulations!

  3. Jude & GaryJuly 22, 2013

    Congratulations! What a lovely looking cria and a girl as well - fantastic :-)

  4. Beautiful babies at Apple Vale,I can't believe just how brown your grass looks like my hay !! I used fencing wire for the water divining, I find it works a treat,its surprising just how accurate it is ... Jayne