Sunday 16 November 2014

Weighting game.

Apple Vale Florina (s: Van Diemen Qjori of Patou)
The herd are starting to look a little dirty now, as the rain falling is outweighing the moisture evaporating, and the paddocks get squelchy. It's still very warm, so the herd are staying out in the far paddocks with their mobile shelters while there's still some grazing. We're saving the home paddocks for the depth of winter when the days are really short, and they'll have some good grass and a good solid shelter from cold winds.
Apple Vale Fortune (s: CCNF Talon of Classical Milend)
We weighed all of the babies today - only the youngest, Flamenco is being weighed weekly, as she is only 8 weeks old - we had been concerned as the weekly increase had slowed to around 500g, but after checking faecals, trying a top--up with goats milk (which gave her the squits, so counterproductive), we concluded that being a September birth, the quality of grass and length of daylight slows the rate of growth - her mum has milk, and we see her nursing and grazing, and it is a steady increase - what do other breeders think?
We took the opportunity for a fleece check and we are very pleased with all of the cria, especially Florina (super soft) and Fortune (bright, organized and nice crimp).
Apple Vale Fiesta
Apple Vale Flamenco (I like the impression of a very long-necked alpaca behind!)
And finally a new take, on a 'selfie':


  1. The wee ones are certainly growing and looking good. With a selfie like that, you've probably been watching the War Horse film! Nice one. Shirley & Robbie

  2. Sorry blogger playing up...just weighed 33 cria yesterday. Those under 3 months on the whole gained between 500gs and 1 kilo. Kitty was the exception - born mid September - gained 1.5 kilos!