The time has finally come! We are preparing to breed the first female alpaca born under the Alpacamundo Breeder ID. She's actually been ready since February but I didn't want to have a cria in the middle of a snow storm next year.
I was planning to breed her in the spring, after shearing. Then some of my friends had issues with still-born cria, so I decided to delay her breeding a little longer to ensure she wouldn't be too pregnant during shearing next year.
Our lead herdsire has been calling to her and she flirts with the boys whenever we bring them around. My plan was to breed her with our lead herdsire, so I was happy they were interested in each other.
Then Wednesday, the girls got out.
The incident made me realize I hadn't thought about who I would breed Frieda to when the time comes. And the time could very likely be this fall when we're breeding the other girls.
So I put together two matrices.
Our herd across the top and their ancestors down the left. I indicated what generation each ancestor was for each of our alpacas. I already knew that some of our alpacas are related since they share a sire/dam or are full siblings.
Able to Breed Matrix:
Boys across the top and girls down the left. I identified if the match was ok. This is not a matrix to show who I plan to breed with who. It is only to show whether they could be bred together based on ancestry.
I learned a few things by doing this.
1. The planned Daisy - Bandit matchup would not work. They are related 3 generations back.
2. Daisy could be bred with one of our junior herdsires.
3. Frieda has many options when the time comes.
The Junior Herdires:
I have decided to hold Daisy until the fall when we are breeding the other girls. We could have four match ups and therefore, we should have four cria born close together next year, which would then be weaned about the same time too. This way the crias will be able to have friends their own age rather than one born this time next summer and three others a few months later.