I reported that our last cria, the beautiful Sahara was a whopper at 10.5 kilos. Well she has been well and truly out whoppered today with the arrival of our first boy of the year. Bannock, one of our friendliest, calmest alpacas gave birth this morning, at a very respectable 10.30am, to a big, handsome brown boy weighing in at a massive 12 kilos! Although he is our youngest cria he is also the biggest and I have never seen such a strong cria. He landed on the ground and seemingly bounced straight up and started looking for food. It was quite incredible. I suspect tomorrow I will be preventing him from opening the gate and wandering off down the lane to the pub in search of a nice pint and a Henri Wintermans.
He is big and manly and his name shall reflect that. He is another Columbus cria and is a cracking shade of brown.
Ladies and gentlemen of the alpaca world, (and those who wish they were) please be upstanding for the arrival of Patou Saracen!
Not only is he huge and handsome but he has seemingly inherited his mothers quiet and gentle nature and they were both quite happy for some close attention this afternoon once Angus had come home from school and I had returned from work.
Anyway I must go, we have a busy day tomorrow and much to prepare for.
Tomorrow morning at 7.30am we will be welcoming the shearing team to Patouland. The weather is set fair, the biscuit barrell is full and we have a herd ready to disrobe.
Just before I go though a photograph showing who is next to give birth, for there is no doubt. Poor old Polly has been lounging around for weeks and surely with a little nudge from the shearers she will crack one out in the next day or two! Just look at that hump!