|Fall 2005 crias: (L-R) Trillium, Catastrophie, April (the big female laying down), and Inali. That was such a fun year!|
Now that I'm in grad school, we've made the decision to downsize our herd and quit breeding. I just don't have the time to train and show crias like I used to. However, after losing my precious Lily (born in October 2010, she would've been our last cria) in January to a dog attack, I had to re-think the idea of not breeding our one remaining female llama (Bluff, Lily's mom). It was a big more difficult logistically since I had already sold our herdsire Ridge, but with a little bit of work Ridge made it back to the farm for a short visit, and Bluff has been rebred (well, hopefully, we're still in the process of making sure the breeding took)!
|Autumn Hill's Iliamna (aka Lily) at one month of age (her mom Bluff is in the background)|
So even though it seems like forever from now, I will get one more llama cria of my own in mid-April next year! I really hope Bluff has a girl, but if she has a boy I may just have to rebreed her again and keep trying...
|Bluff and her first cria, Rainier. I can't wait to see that sight again!|