Archive for September, 2015

Welcome to Zoe’s cria

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

The first of our spring cria has arrived with a male cria from Zoe. Due in mid-August, he made up for his late arrival on 27 September, with a birth weight of 8.5 kg. A tall cria, he already has a strong look of his sire, Paxakusi Celtic Prince. He appears to be white, but could possibly be light fawn, and is already showing evidence of a dense, crimpy fleece.

Zoe with cria

Zoe with cria

AANZ National Alpaca Show

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Liz and I attended New Zealands National Alpaca Show over the 18th – 20th September 2015. It was an 8 hour trip to the Show Venue just south of Hamilton. This year we trialled using show covers on a couple of our entries, and were delighted with the result – not only did the alpacas arrive clean, but keeping the covers on inside the venue meant they were also unaffected by condensation, their fleeces remaining dry for show day.
We also had 3 fleeces entered, and were delighted with our fleece scores – and our ribbons, with Frosted Elegance winning her class, Charisma picking up a 2nd, and Envoy a 6th placing in a very strong white class.

On Sunday, the rain started, and it pelted down all night, and for much of our trip home on Monday, and is still bucketing down 2 days later, so we haven’t got photos of Masterclass, Black Jack and Sculptor with their ribbons yet.

Frosted Elegance won the Junior Female Grey Fleece

Frosted Elegance won the Junior Female Grey Fleece

Charisma was placed 2nd in the Junior Female Light Fawn Class

Charisma was placed 2nd in the Junior Female Light Fawn Class

Envoy was place 6th in the Junior Male White Fleece

Envoy was place 6th in the Junior Male White Fleece

Spring is here – and the alpacas are heading home

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Most of our alpaca herd wintered off site this year, as we waited for our re-grassed paddocks to grow. Now that spring is here, we are starting to bring them home. Most of the boys are now home, headed by our top studs, Flash and Marconi, who are already eyeing the girls, and two trailer loads of girls have also made it home. Two of our pregnant girls made it home yesterday, so we gave them both a pregnancy scan, and I was particularly delighted that Quintessence gave a positive scan – at 5 years old this is her first cria. We held off mating Essie at a younger age as we were overstocked, and she had no luck getting pregnant at first – however, a change of male worked wonders, and we eagerly look forward to this cria, sired by Gold Flash.

Qintessence, aka Essie

Quintessence, aka Essie

Gold Flash