Small Alpaca breeder in on Dartmoor who have been breeding Alpacas for five years. We also have a Llama Trekking business running guided picnic walks on Dartmoor.
Monday, 16 August 2010
Finally managed to take the camera
I finally managed to take the camera out with me and I got some pictures of Murphy and Merlin
Murphy first, he is now 7 weeks old and is full of life and attitude, he really struts his stuff around the field. He is nearly as tall as our adult females so he towers over the Alpaca cria who are all older than him.
We have been putting a halter on him just to get him used to been handled, he is going to be very big and if he isn't well trained he will be a nightmare to work with.
Merlin is now reluctantly walking around the field each morning with his two mentors, Atlas and Titan are well used to walking on halters and Merlin doesn't want to be left behind, I am sure he will look more like he is enjoying the experience with a few more days training.
Merlin is much calmer whilst in the handling pen, he stands still once you put your hand on his neck, we can touch him all over his back and belly area which is important as he will be trained to take a pack system when he is older. I am touching his ears an mouth in preparation for any drenching that he may need. It will be so nice to have an animal who is easy to do all the husbandry on because if a llama doesn't want to do something is is a different proposition from an Alpaca.
Now it would be nice to get some up to date pictures of the Alpaca Cria.