Today we are doing ultrasounds. On our farm the alpacas are hand-bred, meaning that we put a female and a male in a run together and they breed. We observe this and record the information. Two weeks later we repeat this process. Once the female is pregnant she will spit at the male when we put him in the pen with her. We call this a behavior test. Once the girl is “spitting off” the male, we schedule her for an ultrasound. The first one is usually 30-60 days after date of conception.
Girls waiting outside for their ultrasounds.
Waiting. Note SCA Peruvian Magnum in the background, hoping that several of them are not pregnant so he can breed them again.
Carmen – pregnant by Magnum! Love this Camillio x Misty Maiden cross.
Sierra Echo’s Heartfelt Awe – is she pregnant by Magnum?
Yes! “Awe” – Congratulations Sierra Echo Alpacas!
Getting Doe prepped and ready.
Doe is getting her ultrasound.
Doe’s mini-cria by Magnum! Congratulations Humming Star Alpacas!
Wombat’s That Sheila’s A Looker – a rockstar momma alpaca
Sheila’s mini babe via Magnum. And there was much rejoicing…
Tapioka’s next baby by Luminescence!
All in all, our veterinarian performed 12 ultrasounds, and we have 11 confirmed pregnancies. Excellent results. We will look for cria this Fall from: Awe, Isolde, Tapioka, Sheila, Montreal, Nevoso, Princess Quita, Doe, Sable, Carmen, and Loretta! This Fall we will see the first cria from our AOBA Champion males, SCA Peruvian Shawnee and M Horatio by Magnum. Exciting!