Baby alpacas "dropping" every day at Double-H Alpacas
EVEN after 20 years, the thrill of welcoming a new cria into the world isn't lost on Margaret Hassall.
The baby alpacas have been "dropping" every day out at Double-H Alpacas.
Margaret, who runs the Yalangur stud near Kingsthorpe along with her husband Brett and parents Ken and Aileen Harrison, said it was still exciting to wake and see a new cria in the pack.
"There's still a fair few more to come," she said.
"On a normal day when it's not too hot, they're born in the morning."
It's a long 11 and a half month wait for the babies, which are typically born between five and nine kilos.
It has been a particularly gratifying week for Margaret, who returned with ribbons galore from last week's Heritage Toowoomba Royal Show, including three champions.
Just one of the 12 animals showed missed out on a prize. Their fleece entries also picked up major prizes.
The stud now has about 360 alpacas, with new additions being added to the brood daily.
"You still learn something from them every day, even after 20 years," Margaret said.
"They have very strong family groups and are very much pack animals."
Both families were forced off their Acland property three years ago, with dust from the mine affecting the health of their alpacas and cattle.
They relocated to Yalangur and have been setting up the new property since.
"We were having weak crias and calves that wouldn't suck," Margaret said.
"So we're hugely happy they're back to what they were. They're having big, strong babies now."
- Alpacas are domesticated species of South American camelid.
- They can live to up to 20 years.
- Females are called hembras and males called sires.