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Web: www.graysonside.co.uk BLENCOGO FARM ALPACA CRACK!


Little Boy Blue is our newest addition to the Blencogo Farm herd. He was born just before 10.00am on 21st July, weighing 10 kilos when dry, a very healthy size for a cria (baby alpaca).


Alpacas are pregnant, on average, for 11 and a half months, so it’s little wonder they can become a bit spitty and bad tempered when they are carrying. They can birth anywhere between 320 and 380 days successfully; Blue was 343 days in the making and boy did he make a performance arriving.


Party Girl his Mum is a very sweet natured alpaca but she’s not that big. By the end, she was as broad as she was long, so there was no mistaking that she had carried to term. By day 340, she was looking most uncomfortable and on the Saturday morning, I was pretty confident it was close to show-time.


As a rule, alpacas’ birth between about 9.00am and 3.00pm, daylight hours and generally manage quite well by themselves. Blue however, needed a little assistance to get his shoulders out, cue retching and groaning, not from Party Girl, but from 18-year-old daughter, watching from a safe distance.


It’s always tense when birthing starts, until you see a nose and two little paws. From that point, you can mostly stand back and watch but this time it needed some gentle pulling with contractions to get him out. Party did the final bit by herself and he slithered out from a standing position into a wet heap on the


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grass; happily not delivered in the poo patch!


After a gentle towel rub to dry his fleece a little, Blue was cushing, sitting up with his legs tucked under him. Within 20 minutes, he was up on his feet (I had to leave husband and daughter to it at this stage as I was recording a voiceover for a documentary film) and by the time he was five hours old, he was skipping and running about getting to know the other alpacas. It’s an incredible thing to watch… better than the telly!


Kim Inglis Jeffries www.blencogofarm.com Blencogo Farm on Facebook


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