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Feb 17, 2019 05:36 pm

in response to: Field Breeding vs Hand Breeding

I believe the opposite is true as well. Though I’ve never seen only one attempt to breed. I’ve never seen excessive attempts or excessive breeding. I believe there is somewhat of a courtship that has to take place. Though the dam cushes for the male, she still has control of whether she let’s him breed with her or not. She can tuck in her tail and fold her back legs tightly around it. It’s up to him to woo her into submitting. It has been my experience that any attempts of courtship after 2 months are quickly put to a halt by the dam and the male seems to abruptly loose interest and go back to a peaceful co-existence. This is when I time the due date. Funny, but I think they know what they’re doing better than we do.

Feb 17, 2019 04:49 pm

in response to: Field Breeding vs Hand Breeding

Good observation on your part! Yes, I pull out the male after 2 or 3 months, much to their dismay. I believe they are more efficient when you let them sort things out. I’m wondering if you find that the male successfully settles with just one breeding? I often see people comment that field breeding causes "overbreeding," but I believe the opposite is more likely the case. Thank you again. Helpful to know!

Feb 17, 2019 09:36 am

in response to: Field Breeding vs Hand Breeding

When we first started raising alpacas, the common practice in our area was hand breeding. This turned out to be quite a chore with getting the female in the breeding pen, letting the male in and sometimes waiting for him to decide if he wanted to breed or graze. Once he settled the female, making sure he got the job done and timing the process. Sometimes this took all day and was exhausting!
It was out of necessity that we started field breeding. I had accidentally discovered when we put a young male in with our females, that night time breeding was preferred. He was a good male so if he bred everyone of them, that was fine with me. And so in the darkness of the night we could hear the soft orgling of the Male. It was a calm and peaceful event. Soon we didn’t hear his nighttime song.
This was our mistake… We left the males in with the females reasoning that if the dams slipped the pregnancies the male would know and re-breed her. However, a month or so before the due date, I had noticed a male chasing a dam. Nothing ever came of it so I didn’t think much about it until we found the dam had aborted and the male was trying to breed so we separated them.
When this happened again with a different male, I reasoned that the dams hormone levels must be changing therefore exciting the male causing him to want to breed which stresses the dam to the point of aborting.
We still pasture breed but pull the males at no more than 3 months before due dates.

May 16, 2018 07:43 am

in response to: Shearing shed preparation

I feel as though I’ve seen one in an OLD alpaca magazine or something … Can try to track it down.

Also, the forum works :)