The neighbour who bought two baby goats, Weezie's first set of twins, actually, 2 years ago, offered two sheep and two alpacas to me. He is very busy and his children are now grown, so he wanted to downsize and be free from chores. I went to see the animals and the alpacas were lovely and healthy. The sheep are brother and sister, but the brother is castrated, making him a wether, formerly kept as a pet. He has a beautiful fleece, so may stay on the farm for that wool. He and his sister are purebred Suffolk sheep, very large, and not overly friendly, but they were at one time, so perhaps they can be tamed again. The female will be bred this winter to Walter, the Cotswold ram. The two alpacas are both in tact males. Alpacas can mate with llamas and will produce a sterile (mule) type of animal called a huarizo and they are valued for their gentle dispositions and their fine fleece. The only problem is that the alpacas will fight over the girls, so only one can be exposed to the females at a time. Mating should take place in the early summer, since it is 15 days short of a year for the term of pregnancy for the baby. Twins are extremely rare, while singles are the norm. So, in May next year, Brad or Zach, will get to visit the girls. Aiden, the male cria will be gone by then, hopefully. A man is supposed to pick him up soon and take him to his new home. Welcome, new critters, to the Fat Ewe Farm.
Fluffy writes daily about the experiences on the farm and with the bed and breakfast patrons.