06By one count, we’ve had quite a successful breeding program with our alpacas… in the sense that the birthrate has been high (albeit with the 12 month gestation period, they’re not the best yield of all our stock).  The downside is that about 80% of the cria (baby alpacas – meaning “creation” in Spanish) have been male (the term for a male alpaca is “macho” – seriously!!  Females are called “hembra”).

And as we all know, the key to sustainability lies in the females, not the males.  So we’ve had a bit of a clearance with the machos and here’s Christian going off to his new home on a hobby farm.

No doubt he’ll enjoy a relaxing time in his new home, where his job (so I’m told) will be to protect the pet geese around the property.