A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

March 24, 2009

And The Latest Visitors Are…


Donna Given and her alpaca Marti.  Donna and her daughter Tamara Garel own Kiss Me Alpacas in Bandera, Texas and are long time customers of ours.  Last spring they brought us three of their alpaca girls for breeding Marti, Celeste and Cariad.


Celeste was bred to Windrush Jennifer’s Zindel and delivered a beautiful beige daughter on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), Cariad who is a daughter of our Enchantment’s Prince Regent is due to deliver any day now.  Cariad was bred to our Windrush Moonlight Surprise so we soon will have another Moonie cria on the ground.


Marti unfortunately lost her pregnancy in the seventh month of gestation.  The seventh month can be a tricky time in a pregnancy as that is when the fetus really starts to put a demand on the dams system.  Donna and Tamara rushed Marti to the vet when they realized she might be aborting her cria, the vet kept Marti in for observation but unfortunately was unable to stop her from losing her cria.  Following the loss of the cria Donna and Tamara had blood work run on Marti and the cria was also examined, but the vet was unable to establish a reason for Marti having lost her cria.


So Marti is coming back to us for rebreeding and hopefully this pregnancy will go to term without any problem.


It will be good as always to see Donna, Tamara had to stay at home to keep an eye on Cariad and also had to work so was unable to travel with Donna.


I do hope the weather stays warm as Donna and Tamara had their shearing day last weekend and so Marti is newly shorn.  Our forecast did mention the chance of snow on Friday – I hope it doesn’t get that cold or poor Marti will really feel it!


Should it turn really cold we can always pen Marti in a stall inside one of the barns with some deep straw and I even have a blanket she can wear if need be.  Fingers crossed though the temperatures will stay warm enough where all we will get is some gentle rain – we need the moisture but for Marti’s sake I am really hoping that the snow stays away!



July 7, 2008

Our Visitors Go Home

Over the weekend we were joined by Tamara Garel of Kiss Me Alpacas who traveled to our farm to pick up her three alpaca girls who had been visiting us for breeding.  The three girls Celeste, Marti and Cariad are confirmed pregnant and were over 60 days bred, putting them at a good stage in their pregnancy to travel home.    Also going home with them were Celeste’s cria Skylar and Cariad’s cria Copper.


Tamara was of course excited to see her alpacas again.  They had been delivered to the farm in March and by the time they had gone through the three week quarantine, breeding, shearing and confirmation of pregnancy it was July.  How time flies!


We prefer pregnant females not to travel before the 60 day point of their pregnancy if possible.  We have made a few exceptions in the past when the journey was a short one and the alpaca was one who was calm about traveling, but we feel it is better to wait a little longer to travel than to put a pregnancy at risk.


Before loading the alpacas in the trailer we gave each of the pregnant girls some banamine.  The banamine will help prevent soreness from traveling and can also prevent early contractions.  Needless to say Tamara had a nice thick layer of bedding in the trailer to cushion the alpacas on their journey home.


It’s always good to spend time with our alpaca friends and clients and the weekend with Tamara was enjoyable.  We worked a little with Tamara and her crias on halter training, looked at fleeces together, showed off our alpacas and of course took in the more social side of life to include a trip to the 4th of July fireworks display put on by our Chamber of Commerce.


Sunday morning saw Tamara and her alpacas headed on their way home.  There is always a tinge of sadness to say goodbye, but a promise of joy ahead with the anticipation of the birth of the crias next year.    Three more alpacas for Tamara and her mother Donna to add to their herd, and three more crias for our boys to add to their list of progeny.



December 2, 2007

Congratulations Moonie!

Windrush Moonlight Surprise  We had good news yesterday from our clients and alpaca friends Donna Given and Tamara Garel of Kiss Me Alpacas in Bandera, Texas.  Their female alpaca Celeste who was bred to our herdsire Windrush Moonlight Surprise (Moonie) has delivered her cria – a white male.  We are always excited to hear of one of our “grandchildren” being born, but particularly so with this one as it is Moonie’s first cria.

The cria was born quickly and without problems, he is very vigorous, was cushed within minutes of being born and was trying to stand shortly afterward.  It still amazes me how fast crias are up and standing following birth, their ability to do so being an instinctual behavior that helps them to avoid becoming prey.

This is Celeste’s third cria and to me brings back memories of when Celeste was boarded here and had her first cria.  I was really concerned with that birthing that Celeste would need assistance, as she was not dilated much, but she delivered him without any help.  I had two friends visiting the farm that day, one of whom was a nurse, I still remember her asking me if I knew how to perform an episiotomy on an alpaca, and being grateful that we did not have to resort to that!

Now Celeste is an experienced dam and a good one too, she is very attentive towards her crias and produces good milk, I am sure Moonie’s new son will thrive under the care of Celeste and of course Donna and Tamara.

It is a shame that Donna and Tamara live such a distance from us, as I would love to see Moonie’s first cria in person.   Tamara has promised to send me pictures and Celeste may come here for her next breeding in which case I will get to meet her new cria then.

So congratulations to Moonie, who now is a proven herdsire and of course congratulations to Donna and Tamara on your new arrival, may he win many ribbons for you and one day become a striking herdsire just like his sire!


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