If we had been playing that game at the weekend we would have lost! As part of our routine we had scheduled to weigh Whisper and McKinley. Whisper was born August 31 with a birth weight of 14.7 lbs, while McKinley was born September 5 with a birth weight of 19.1 lbs.
McKinley is quite a tall cria and Whisper is just the opposite small and compact. They were the last of the summer crias to be born and are very close in age. With the exception of Theresa’s cria, the latest cria to be born on our farm, McKinley and Whisper are the two smallest crias of our summer cria crop.
When Ric picked up McKinley it was obvious from Ric’s face that McKinley was a little heavier than expected. Ric valiantly carried him to the scales and back, but by the time he got to the pasture gate he was calling out “help me” for McKinley indeed was no light weight having weighed in at 54.5 lbs.
Next to go to the scales was Whisper – surely she weighed a lot less. Were we in for a surprise! Again as Ric picked up Whisper his face showed the strain (is Ric really getting out of shape I began to wonder, no more Open Farm Day cookies for him!), but Ric had good cause to be taken aback by Whisper’s weight for she weighed in at 58.7 lbs! She weighed even more than McKinley!
We have been raising alpacas now for over 10 years and so usually are pretty in tune with how much a cria weighs based on its size, but these two really have surprised us for they do not look that big. Both McKinley and Whisper have dense fleeces though and I suspect that some of that weight is fleece weight. Whatever the reason for McKinley and Whisper’s weights, I think it is safe to say that they are both healthy, hearty crias and that their dams Bjorn and Willow are doing a great job in the milk department! Keep up the good work girls (and stay away from those cookies Ric!)