What an exciting day I am having! This morning both Sherbet and The Slink were looking decidedly uncomfortable. With Sherbet nothing has happened and I think that was a fly problem more than anything - she has a nasty sore on her back but the Camrosa has now arrived so hopefully I can get on top of that.
The Slink, however, soon produced a bubble of water bag and shortly after a part of head - but no feet. A lot of heaving later and I felt it was time to intervene. The Slink is pretty nervy and this was her first cria so I anticipated problems but she was a little darling. Many a time I have run round trying to catch a sheep with part of a stuck lamb hanging out it's back end but alpacas just seem to want help (I know you made a comment about that Lisa but I forgot to reply - sorry). It was a very tight fit but, once I had got the legs out, with a lot of lube and easing out squelched the head with a great sucking noise! A few pulls downwards when she strained and once the front end was clear I left her to let the rest slither out on it's own. This was an exciting cria for me as it was Harry's first (Black Arrow - he's black!) The Slink is white from white so I knew it could be a Multi and I was fine with that - - but that isn't what we have got! Firstly - I am trying to drag this out to frustrate someone I know who will be reading this, sorry, it is a little girl. And the colour? A solid brown! Her name is Glorious Gloria and here she is!
Lots more to say about today but I now have to go and get ready for a shearing push - trying to get all bookings completed by Sunday due to the weather which is boiling!
A better penning solution! - After a long "family illness" and a subsequent reduction of our herd, I am back to report a more recent enhancement to Easter-Wood. One of the problems we ...
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