Archive for November, 2010

Spring farming, trading and shows

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

This is always a busy time of year for us with Spring farm tasks, trade stands and alpaca shows – it hardly seems possible a month has passed since our last news update! First up in November we were busy dealing with weeds that have got away over the long wet winter. A sudden change in the weather from endless rain to endless sun meant many species of weeds had to be dealt with fast. The first weekend in November was the Manawatu show, where NightShade attended her first competition as an Intermediate, and once again walked away with a 1st prize. Eclipse also took 1st prize in his section, and HollyAnna a 3rd in hers.

The 20th of November saw us attend Rathkeales colleges Christmas Fete with Amber and her adorable cria Geneva, plus Impulse to keep them company. They were a very popular exhibit!

We are also in the middle of shearing, with our final group to be shorn on 1 December, and we have about 8 cria due over the coming month, plus planned attendances at the Pahiatua Christmas Parade, and the Mauriceville Fair.

New pages

Show Types:   A definition of the different types of alpaca show

Alpaca Profiles – Coonawarra Julius
Alpaca Profiles – Somerset Peruvian Black Reign

Very few black studs reach the level of recognition paid to white and fawn males. The most outstanding black of our time has to be Coonawarra Julius, while another making an impact is the Australian based Peruvian import, Somerset Peruvian Black Reign. We are proud that our own Pejo Rebel features both of these top blacks in his pedigree – and see the power of pedigree at work in Rebels offspring.

Hawkes Bay Show

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Labour Weekend – a long weekend for us here in NZ – preceded by the Hawkes Bay Show. We took a selection of young alpaca, and came home with 3 ribbons. Cracker took a 5th in the Junior White class, which we were thrilled about, not only because any ribbon in a white/light fawn class is an acheivment, but because the Judges critique mirrored our own opion of him – its always good to hear you are on the right track when assessing your own alpacas! Holly Anna won a 2nd place in the junior black class, and our beautiful grey boy, Eclipse won his Intermediate class. We then returned home to a weekend of beautiful sunshine, and a chance to catch up on some farm tasks.


The National Show

Monday, November 1st, 2010

The National Show has been and gone. Liz and I took our show team, and came home with a couple of ribbons, a 3rd for Eclipse and a 6th for HollyAnna. While these might appear to be minor placings, a ribbon of any sort is an acheivement at a National Show, so we were very pleased with these results.

National Expo Photos :