Happy Hills Alpaca Farm

  (Monroe, North Carolina)
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July... Paca Days. Rich with abundance. Beautiful Babies.

 

April and May were the proverbial calm before the storm. Waiting for babies and they came one , two, three upon us. Two of the births were

a bit difficult , one baby being born at 11 pm at night. We had so much rain then that I believe the females wait until a dry period to have the birth.

So it proved with our mom’s. Then they came quickly. So far we have had two beautiful girls and one handsome boy. Two are fawn in color (light tan)

and one girl is a dark brown. All are healthy and running around playing.

What a delight it is to see the crias run and jump and play with each other.

Some very funny antics are going on.

We had considerable time to think of the names. One wants to have a proper "show name" and then a nick name that we can use at the farm.

With that in mind, we named our boy "Ursa major" because he is fawn with a white spot, like a sprinkling of stars on his forhead. We call him "Ursa" for short which also means Bear. He is like a big bear, growing strong and he has very large boned legs which is great. He’s a good bit taller then the others. Then we have our little girl, also light fawn, who was born at night.

I had this name picked out and it really fits her..if you research the name.

"Scheherazade"...so we call her Zadie.

And we have our lovely dark brown girl that we have named "Nefertiti",

which means, "the beautiful one has come"...we waited actually 2 yrs for her.

We had thought her mother was pregnant last year when she came to us from Arkansas, however the pregnancy didn’t take. So after 2 long years of waiting for her mother, Abby (our best female) to have a cria, she has finally arrived. And lovely and healthy she is.

Sapphire is due as I right this blog, This will be the last cria of the year for us. She is a super mother and all of her crias have been fantastic. So soon within days she will deliver. I have both a boy and girl name picked out.

Will keep you posted. But again, I am anxiously awaiting.

New birth is always so wonderful.

 
 

WAITING FOR SHEARING...WAITING FOR BABIES

Waiting for Shearing; waiting for birthing:

Beautiful spring is upon us now, most of the leaves have budded out on the trees. We are still awaiting our oak trees to bud out and make wonderful shade for our alpacas.  They are loving this cold weather  this spring and we hope it holds out at least another week.  We have not yet sheared our alpacas.  Very late this year ! We rescheduled our shearing due to the cold temperatures and wet weather. Soaking wet alpacas are not condusive to nice fleece processing. And so we wait. Shearing the boys on April 30th. We are also waiting for the birthing of three alpacas. May will bring to us  three new "crias" to bless our herd with. These are long anticipated as gestation is 11.5 months or even longer.  All of the mothers in waiting have given birth before and we have midwifed before so my nerves are not as bad as last year's birthing season. The mothers will be sheared May 31st.

   Two of the mom's: Bella and Abby have been bred to our newest herdsire, Ivanhoe. I'm so anxious to see how the babies come out. The mom's are now bulging and heavy with cria.  Ivanhoe is a six time national ribbon winner so I have high hopes for the crias. He is also true black , which is the hot color right now and he is gorgous! So, Ivanhoe, we are anxiously awaiting your babies.

  Monte, our other herdsire is waiting as well. It will be his chance to breed to some of the girls soon. He makes wonderful babies and our little Max proves this. He won a ribbon the last show and everybody loves his fleece. Long, long staple length, super bold crimp and crimpy througout his body. We just love our Max (Maximus) and he's so cuddly and laid back one thinks of him like a teddy bear. 

  So, we are waiting. Waiting for the oak leaves, waiting for shearing and waiting for the births. Thus is lovely springtime.

 
 
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