Well...I will do my best to answer this one without
offending anyone's sensibilities! Thankfully animal
people get pretty blasé when it comes to
reproduction. I have a couple of suggestions that
you might try together or separately depending on
1. Make arrangements to have your young suitors
watch a few breedings. There is nothing like
watching a breeding to get a male in the mood and
the sense of competition helps too. Of course there
is a lot to be learned by watching too so you get
lots of benefits if you let young males watch the
older males go through the whole courtship routine.
If you don't have another male on the place you
might try showing them a video with the sites and
sounds of breeding. I know this might sound a bit
"out there" but what have you got to loose.
Obviously watching the real thing complete with the
smells would be the best alternative but a bit of
alpaca 'breeding movies' couldn't hurt and you never
2. I would also encourage you to put your problem
breeder in with a couple of open females (preferably
experienced females) and let him hang out for a few
days to a week- take him out and then reintroduce
him a day later and see what happens. I think we
often have unrealistic expectations for males...
that they will perform like trained seals and breed
on cue whenever we want them too. Particularly in
the beginning they may need some private time with
an older female who knows the ropes and can
encourage him with no one looking.
I have been told by many people that certain
bloodlines are notorious for really mellow males
that are really late starters in the sex
department. These males are usually very big, have
plenty of sperm but just don't have any libido until
they get to be four or so.