Today the vet called, and Buckwheat has tested positive for Maedi Visna virus. This is a terminal illness that in Buckwheat will manifest itself as pneumonia. There is no cure and it will eventually kill him. And worse, it can infect the whole flock. Thankfully it doesn't transmit to alpacas. But the vet will have to come and check the ewes and Elsie.
The new lambs are supposed to be coming in a couple of weeks, also. We can't risk their health, so we've postponed picking them up until we figure all of this out.
This is a happy photo of Elsie meeting Cinder, who is a very senior Jack Russell.