Home > Alpaca Library > 101 Secrets >
Understanding Drive-by Breedings
Author: Parris Hill Farm
Linda & Bill Ley
We offer and encourage drive by breedings here at Parris Hill Farm.
Not long ago, Dr. Ahmed Tibary confirmed some reproduction facts that
we had already gleaned from our own vet.
- In 30-60 minutes after breeding, the female has produced the hormone (LH) necessary for ovulation.
- In 26-48 hours after breeding, ovulation occurs as the mature follicle bursts releasing the "egg".
- In 5-6 days after breeding, the fertilized egg finishes its journey and rests in the uterus.
Given these facts, the theory is that travel stress may not be an
issue for quite a few days. Dr. Tibary recommends, however, that the
female should not be transported home for at least a half hour after
breeding while her system is producing LH.
Consider them, first and foremost, for the health and well being of
your female alpaca, the cria by her side and the other members of both
In addition to any state required transport papers and current
vaccines & wormers, we require a licensed veterinarian's statement
of good health and condition of the female and cria at side. This would
include results of fecals exams, a reproductive exam (including
maidens) and other screenings such as BVDV. The alpacas must be free of
external as well as internal parasites.
The goal of our herd health protocol is to keep safe, not just our
own herd but, to the best thats humanly possible, the herds of each
client scheduled to arrive, each client that came before and all
clients that come after.
If you would like to receive a copy of our Visiting Female Protocol, please feel free to email us.
Linda & Bill Ley
637 Brownsville Hartland Road ~ P.O. Box 313
Leys@ParrisHillFarm.com ~ 802-484-3200 ~ www.ParrisHillFarm.com
< Back to Breeding
How to Manage Feed for High Quality
Learn More >