Meet The Latest Alpaca Cria – Red-Eye

Meet our latest baby alpaca. I call him “Red Eye” because he has the cutest red eye lashes.”
The cria’s dam, Sonyadore, sticks close while Jim corrals the little tyke.
When a new cria is born we want to be sure he is nursing. Here, Jim has made sure the dam has colostrum. (See how his hands look like he has something sticky on them? Good colostrum is thick and sticky.) Jim is trying to help the cria get positioned up under his mom’s teats to nurse.
The cria may “miss” a few times, and try to nurse mom’s chest and poke through her legs like above, but he’ll get it. Sometimes it takes minutes, sometimes it takes hours for babies to get the hang of it. Occasionally they need humans to bottle feed them if it takes them too long to figure it out, but most alpaca babies “get it” if you are patient with them.
Alpaca dams are generally good moms to their cria. Most experienced dams with a healthy cria will require little intervention from breeders. Monitoring cria weight gains and vaccinations are required, but the cria’s mom will take over and raise her cria for the next six months or so.
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Welcome Our New True Black Alpaca Cria!

On Saturday Jim found this little beauty on his way to the barn. She is the third true black SCA Peruvian Magnum daughter we have had born here on the farm.  When Magnum adds his phenomenal fleece to this color – look out!

Bella (the alpaca momma) produces wonderful black or grey cria for us every year. She’s a super mom plus her fleece has the finest handle next to Magnum on the farm, even though she’s over ten years old!

We’ve decided to name her “India.” Jim thinks she’s a keeper. For years he bred some of the best black alpacas in the country so he should know. [Read more...]

Napster’s First Cria is Born

Medium fawn out of a dark fawn dam

Medium fawn out of a dark fawn dam

Our Archangel son, Napster, is a proud pappa for the first time! Hooray!

Napster has been a bit of a late bloomer so we have been waiting eagerly for his first cria to hit the ground. This little male above was recently born at Augustyn Acres to one of the Augustyn’s females.

Napster

Napster

Napster is co-owned by our farm, Fairhope Alpacas, and our friends Melissa and Bill Augustyn in North Carolina. Napster is currently standing stud at Augustyn Acres through November. He will be coming back to Alabama in December and will be here through the Spring of 2013.

Napster is an double AOBA National Show Blue Ribbon winner with a yearling AFD of 14.9. His two year old fleece had an AFD of 16.2. Standard deviation of 3. Napster is one of the few working Archangel sons out there. We are thrilled to have more Napster babies on the way!

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