So firstly, Raffles and the sore leg. Well, I was begining to think that we had missed something. Every day I did some passive exercises with him to prevent contraction, and although he seemed to be less uncomfortable, three weeks had passed and he still wouldn't walk on four legs. Then bingo..tentitively yesterday, just seeing if he was brave enough...then back to walking normally today (if a little carefully).
Secondly, Pheonix who lost lots of weigh and had the Vit B12 injections. She went down to 22.5 kilos and today weighed in at 30 kilos. That is a 5 kilo gain in the past three weeks! She manages to always look bedraggled but thats just her!
Today we did a couple of spit-offs after weigh-in. The good news is Easter-Wood Adelle, whom we mated to Goldmine in October spat off (yes late but we though we would just have the one go when he came in from New Zealand) and Galaxy, who accidently got mated in December, sat...phew...that is just too late. We didn't actually re-mate her, as we really do need to tighten up on what is our birthing season next year.
Actually, I have decided that it doesn't matter when you mate them in the spring...they don't birth earlier than May in Cumbria. It is only alpacas that we have bought in pregnant, who are ever due so early in the year (remember Explorer due to be born 10th April...born 30th May). Well now we have Courtesse, due to birth 27th March (her average of 340 days)...still waiting!