So it’s nearly 8 o’clock on a Friday night and Kathryn is at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival with Hannah Shrimpton Suzanne Steward (her very great HEXHAM buddy) and Amanda from Florens Alpacas - another awesome buddy.
Little do they know that Florens Treacle is in the final throes of Labour and I’m here with a towel, umbilical spray and a vital pint of lager!!
I think it’s going to be a long but fun evening all round 🙂
Fortunately Kathryn has run out of phone power and I trust Amanda will not be lookIng on FB?? ... See moreSee less
You have made me laugh out loud 😂
Good luck Paul! Xxx
I love the fact you have lager with you 😂
Never dull... Good luck! 🤞
Haha ! Good Luck, Treacle !
So it’s 10.30 pm - the light has all but gone!
13 years of breeding and not experienced this - still learning!!
Treacle seems calm. I’m off for a bit of sleep but will set an alarm and check in a couple of hours. Temperature out here is good but alpacas are not supposed to give birth at night.
Earlier I saw movement in mums tummy so hopeful all is still well
Thanks for all the support x
Hope things have progressed well by now. The girls clearly chose the right night to go out😁😁
Progress at last 🙂
You have had 3 children you will be fine 😉 x
At least you've got all the essentials to hand. It will be fine! 😲
You have lager...... all is good 🤪
So one hour on - one deluge of rain passed and another starting 😞
No further forward - no real sign of contractions - vet on standby
Omg you better do a good job 🙃
It's nothing that you haven't done before I'm sure you will be fine !🤔🤔
Any news? 🤞
It’s a black boy born 9.45
Treacle bless her is a little shell shocked
One day special - or should it be One special day??
Woke up this morning with really stiff lower back and despite painkillers was resigned to a quiet day of recovery.
Rang Helen - a new breeder to check how things were - she bought three pregnant girls through us, one getting overdue and another 11 months gestation today. All was quiet so I cruelly boasted about our first arrival!
About 10.30 Kathryn took a call from Helen who had excitedly just found a wriggling cria in the field 🙂 An hour later she was back on concerned it was not very lively. With nothing else to do I agreed to jump in the car and drive an hour to help her.
On arrival the beautiful blue black cria was standing but was a little bewildered. The attentions of a yearling were not helping so I suggested we put all 3 others in a separate paddock.
Pleased to say this worked a treat and within an hour the cria was latched on. I think the labour had been incredibly quick and the wee one just needed time.
I was just thinking of leaving when I noticed Nero Black Rio fidgeting in the adjacent paddock. By 2.20 I was certain she was about to produce.
Soon we had a nose but 50 mins later not a lot more?? With the vet being 30 mins away we put in a call. I guess Rio heard this and very soon we had a head and 2 legs so stood down the vet.
A second black female of the day was delivered at 4.50 after 2 1/2 hours!
Helen and I sorted the essentials then went in for a very late lunch
We then went out to weigh and put on coats. The first arrival was just 5.7kg the second 10kg
Pleased to say I’m home now and have forgotten all about my stiff back!
So pleased for Helen and Alan - shame he was at work and missed all the fun but what a start to their alpaca breeding adventure. Not the best pic but here’s the fruits of the day ... See moreSee less
Hot on the heels of my blog written yesterday and as referenced Nero Black Galaxy did it again! She delivered within a day of 11 months gestation once again A true black female weighing in at 10.8kg Nero Black Estrella was sired by our 2018 National Dark Herdsire Champion Houghton Cosmic Mum and baby doing well :) ... See moreSee less