Don & Lorraine Bray
Site 707 Comp 15 RR#7
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 1N2
Canada Phone: (306) 934.1682
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Prairie Wind Alpacas

Less than a week

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   May 31, 2013 10:09

In less than one week we are expecting our first cria of the year! We go out to the pasture every hour now to go and check on the girls to see if anyone is in labour.
The females are pretty independent and don't require much, if any, assistance, however last year we had our first breech delivery so we like to go out and make sure everyone is ok!

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Cria Time!

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   May 30, 2013 08:05

May is almost over - that means that cria, baby alpaca, time is almost here! Our favourite time of the year!

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Shearing Recap!

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   May 13, 2013 10:56

In 2 full days and 2 evenings - 20 hours total we got 30 alpacas - 12 adult males, 1 gelding, 13 females and 4 cria sheared.

 

But we don't just shear the alpacas, in this time we also give 86 needles, cut 240 toenails, cut 66 fighting teeth, sorted 30 fleeces,  and prepared 3 show fleeces!

 

Now after all that we have a herd of clean looking animals and a group of tired people!

 

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Alpacas | Shearing

Shearing 2013 complete!

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   May 12, 2013 16:10

Shearing 2013 complete!

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One More Day - Hopefully

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   May 11, 2013 18:07

11 alpacas sheared today - 10 more to go! Tomorrow will be another full day and hopefully we will finish!

 

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Evening #2 Complete

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   May 8, 2013 21:12

Sheared 5 more alpacas last night. 21 to do on Saturday and Sunday!

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Shearing Begins

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   May 5, 2013 11:13

Shearing has began now that it's warmer enough outside.
We got 4 animals done Friday night, doing some more Tuesday night and then 2 full days this upcoming Saturday and Sunday.
We weight each alpaca before and after shearing and on average they loss 8-10 lbs of fibre (hair) after they are sheared. Don't you wish lossing 10 lbs was as easy as getting a hair cut?!

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Alpacas | Shearing

1 down 29 to go!

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   May 3, 2013 19:16

First animal of the year sheared - 1 down 29 to go!

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Alpacas | Shearing

Jetty

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   May 2, 2013 11:19

Jetty! Jetty used to be in the pen with the adult males but a few years a ago when he came to the barn in the evening he was limping and not putting any weight on his left front leg. There was nothing the vets could do so we placed him in a pen by himself next to the females and he gets along fine and seems very happy!

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