Friday, July 03, 2009

New llamas at Joybilee Farm

Summer is here finally. We thought it would never come. Daytime highs have been in the 90's (F) here and we've had frost every morning. Some of the willows (particularyly salix alba, vitellini) have been nipped at the tips -- they'll branch at that spot, instead of growing straight rods for basketry. Thankfully, most of the basket willows are very hardy and don't mind occassional frost in the summer, continuing to grow straight all season.

In the last two days we've had two llama babies born. Today, Selene gave birth to a lovely black boy. Yes! We were hoping her baby would be both black and a boy. He will be our new stud male, when he is of age. Selene came to us, already bred, from Dave and Connie Carlson's farm in Ft. McLeod, Alberta. And this boy is just what we were hoping for.

Yesterday Expresso gave birth to a boy that looks just like her with black face and legs and a carmel coloured neck and body. Awesome. This is Laddy's first son. Amazing to have a son after 5 daughters.

Cappuccino is still on the "Ladies in waiting" list but she should have her cria in the next two weeks.

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