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Home Sweet Home
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Lucy waits for the shearing crew
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Some of our Ribbons
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Hand Spun Alpaca Yarn
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The Boys of Spring
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Herdsires

Meet the males that compliment our breeding females and improve our genetics.

HERDSIRES

Females

See our foundation females in a varitey of colors and bloodlines.

Foundation Females

Cria

Our cria are just so sweet we needed to give them a section of their own.

Cria

Sales List

We can't keep them all!

FOR SALE

  We're in the process of ramping up our pastures and other improvements.  So breeding has slowed down a lot over the last year or so. 

 


 

 

 

Lothario of BCF - Born  June 3,2015 

Dam: Agassiz's Sonatina  

Sire: Tri-Stars Tavio

 

 

 

 


 

 

BCF's Summer Pixie - Born  August 30, 2015

Dam: Shady Creek's Sierra Nevada

Sire: Tri-Stars Tavio

 

 

 

 


 

Dreamweavers Hey Dude - Born July 6, 2016

Dam: Princess Little Feather

Sire: Americano's Dreamweaver


 

 

 "The herdsire for any breeding program is the single most important determinant of overall herd quality. It's true for cattle, sheep, horses,or any other breed. For alpacas in North America the sire is even more important. Alpaca bloodlines are currently available for only four or five generations. For a breeder to be certain of the genetic traits being introduced into his cria he must carefully select from available living studs. He may not be able to rely on multi-generation pedigrees to pass on certain breed traits to his offspring."  

~ Alpaca Herdsire Selection: The Art and Science ~ Mike Safley ~

 

31911283 - Bentley's Golden Legacy of BCF

Sire: 31107969 - "Mary's" Bentley
Dam: 1194531 - Agassiz's Sonatina

 

DOB: 04/19/2011

Color:  Light Fawn

 

 

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32442137 - KVR Peruvian Runner's Rio

Sire: 1169706 - My Peruvian Frontrunner
Dam: 851513 - S. I. Sunflower

 

DOB: 08/06/2012

Color: Dark Fawn

 

 

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31335065 - Michelangelo's Destino KVR

Sire: 851708 - El Nino's Accoyo Michelangelo

Dam: 1182224 - Capree

DOB: 10/27/2007

Color: Medium Fawn

 

 

 

 

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31335089 - Tri-Star's Tavio of KVR

Sire: 849142 - Avalon's Peruvian Tri-Star

Dam: 851513 - S.I. Sunflower

DOB: 08/08/2008

Color: White 

 

 

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Pregnancy

    You've bred your girl, or you bought her bred, and you've waited nearly a year and now the time for pending birth is upon you, so how do you know when it's "her time".
    Gestation for alpacas is normally between 335 - 345 days... or longer !Hopefully you have breeding records and you know when she was bred, how long the breeding lasted and any observation following each breeding session such as if she spit off the male or if an ultrasound or progesterone test was done. This will give you an idea of the starting date.  When we breed our girls we usually use the last date she bred and before she spit off or ran away from the male. We also keep our records so that we know when each breeding was so that we have a "window" of possible birth dates.   There have been several studies done about gestation length and as a general rule the Spring births will go a little longer.  It does not seem to matter if the girl is a maiden or a proven mom.  The waiting is the hard part and as she gets closer to delivery you get more anxious to see what she's got in there.
    Late term females will sometimes act "a little off".  You may notice she is not eating as much or is eating like a horse. She may sit kushed for more time than normal and shift from side to side, often with her rear legs out.  She's uncomfortable.  As long as she is eating some and drinking and has normal beans then she is OK. She should be gaining weight in the final 60 days as this is when the cria does the bulk of it's growing.  Extra nutrition at this time is advised.  When our girls get to the last month we add some calf manna to their grain mix and feed them separately from the rest of the girls.   Hormonal changes in her system may keep her warmer than normal as well. So if it's spring and unseasonably warm in your area, make sure to put your fans out for their comfort. 
    About two weeks before the 335 day mark we begin to feel the alpaca's ligaments at the base of the tail every morning when we give grain.  This gives us a chance to feel what she is like normally. It's also a chance to spend some extra time with her so that she becomes comfortable with us being close to her and touching her.  We will also feel her udder to see if she has begun to produce milk. Once you feel the ligaments on a daily basis you will know when they start to change and soften in preparation for delivery of the cria.  Normally our girls will be a little soft a day or two before, but REALLY squishy soft the day of delivery.

Here is an article about using the ligaments to detect cria birth.