We have had a bit of a lazy day today, we got up late, so good to have Alpaca Cam, we can check the girls without going down to the fields. so after a late breakfast we went and fed everyone, gave the sickly cria a bottle which she drank much better today. Then I went off to see a friend for coffee whilst Steve fed the llamas and took the two youngsters, Murphy and Merlin for a short walk down the lane. Then we had quite a long lunch break, Steve had a snooze whilst I ironed the bedding for a changeover tomorrow. Then we went back and poovered the girls paddock, I got the driving the tractor part of the job so that wasn't to arduous.
Grandsons and daughter arrived to give me a lift back home to get dinner whilst Steve topped one of the other paddocks. After dinner Steve and I went back to check all the animals and we spent a good half hour just sitting in the field watching the heavily pregnant girls grazing, just looking at their cria's moving around, Carla is now 357 days and Lily 341 both look fit to burst. Demeter should be 345 days but the jury is out on her, she looks to slim to me and her crias are normally very active, I can't see anything move in her and she has no signs of a udder, so who knows. It's great just sitting, watching and discussing future breedings etc whilst daughter bathed the boys and got them ready for bed (much quieter in the field). On the way home we had a wander over to our hay field just to check how the grass is doing.................. conclusion is we definitely need some rain.
Looking back at what I have just written makes me think it was me that had quite a lazy day, Steve seems to have done rather a lot today!
We have shearing on Thursday and the forecast is good, we will start this years breedings next weekend.