Archive for November, 2015

Cria Gold!

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

This is a great week for us, with Copper to Gold giving birth to a lively, medium fawn female. She is enormous – weighing in at 10.3kg – not quite the biggest cria we have ever had, but she comes a close second! Already she towers over the premature boy born 9 days earlier – you might like to compare the videos to see the differences between a premature and a full term cria. We are delighted she is a fawn like her mother, and in the tradition of her maternal ancestors, she has a “gold” name – in honour of her stunning pedigree which feature all the “iconic 5 studs” plus many others, she has been named Classic Gold.

 

Manawatu Show success

Monday, November 9th, 2015

The Manawatu A&P Show was our 2nd show for the season, and  a very succesful show it was for us,too. We entered 5 alpacas and everyone came home with a ribbon, including 3 firsts (Charisma, Envoy, Sculptors Image), a 2nd placing (Chico), and a 4th (Topaz II). We also had 3 fleeces entered, Charisma, Envoy and Frosted Elegance, and all won 1st placings, plus Frosted Elegance picked up the Champion Grey Fleece award. But the real star of the show for us, was Charisma, who not only was Champion Intermediate Female and Champion Light Fawn, but completed the hat-trick taking Champion Junior Fleece and Champion Light Fawn fleece – a total package that is not often won by one animal at the same Show. This follows the success these 3 fleeces had at the AANZ National Show earlier this year.

Charisma with her 2015 Manawatu Show awards

Charisma with her 2015 Manawatu Show awards

Charisma winning Champion Intermediate female at Manawatu 2015

Charisma winning Champion Intermediate female at Manawatu 2015

Frosted Elegance won Champion Grey Fleece at Manawatu 2015

Frosted Elegance won Champion Grey Fleece at Manawatu 2015

Sculptor being awarded his 1st place ribbon at Manawatu Show 2015

Sculptor being awarded his 1st place ribbon at Manawatu Show 2015

Chico took 2nd place in the Junior Grey male

Chico took 2nd place in the Junior Grey male

After a bout of ill-health last year, it was good to see Envoy win his class, Intermediate White Male

After a bout of ill-health last year, it was good to see Envoy win his class, Intermediate White Male

Premature cria

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Our 2nd cria for the season was born yesterday, about a week premature. We gave him milk and glucose for added strength until he was able to stand and feed for himself, and kept him inside overnight, returning his mother and him to the “maternity herd” this morning – where he got mobbed by curious females!

New cria mobbed by curious females!

New cria mobbed by curious females!

video of premature cria showing floppy ears, down on pasterns, and sloppy gait.