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What a Nationals!
October 15th, 2013 by Julie

Baarrooka is thrilled to announce that Baarrooka Durango’s Echo was awarded Supreme Suri at the 2013 National Show in Bendigo. Whilst we have been awarded broad ribbons at each Show we have attended since 2004, this is our first Supreme. The entire team exceeded our expectations but illustrated the impact the 6 coloured males we imported from USA in 2010 have had on our breeding.


Well, the wash-up of the 2013 Australian National Show & Sale:
14 animals entered – 12 firsts, 1 second, 1 Highly Commended,
5 Fleeces entered – 3 firsts, 1 second, 1 third.

Junior Female Champion, Intermediate Female Champion, Intermediate Male Champion and Reserve Champion, Senior Female Champion, Best Fancy, Supreme Champion, Best White Female, Best Light Fawn Male and Overall, Best Medium/Dark Fawn Female, Male and Overall, , Best Brown Male and Overall and Best Black Male and Overall. Also 2nd Sires Progeny for Durango.
[photos to come]

Fleece: Reserve Champion 6-18 mths, Reserve Champion 18-30 mths, Best Light Fawn, Best Med/Dark Fawn, Best Brown.

National Show 2012
November 2nd, 2012 by Julie

Well, I left my show catalogue in the Japanese Restaurant, so can only report on what I remember until the results go up on the AAA website.  And, it was such a rush from one end to the other, that I really don’t know how all of the team went.

Firstly, I have to congratulate Surilana on the ‘clean sweep’ of the age Championships (where was the black Senior female????). They are setting the suri Standard that we are all aspiring to.

Here are ‘the main’ results – the ones with photos, at least – more later.

Baarrooka Ultimate Groove - Reserve Champion Intermediate Male

Baarrooka Wild Card - Reserve Champion Senior Male

Baarrooka Breeze Carbon Copy - Best Black in Show

Baarrooka Ultimate Granite - Best Grey in Show

And unfortunately only had one fleece to enter – but it returned very happy!  First 6-18 m Brown, Champion 6-18 months (reserve champion was a black – go colours!) and Best Brown.  This is Baarrooka Navigator – the first Chersam D’Angelo cria born and a super-dense, gorgeous lustrous and locky 6-month-old fleece. Yummo

Baarrooka Navigator - Champion 6-18 m Fleece; Best Brown Fleece in Show

Shearing Over for Another Year
October 10th, 2012 by Julie

With an experienced and fun ‘gun’ shearing team, we have finished all our shearing for 2012 – 400 animals in 5 days.  And, all is classed and baled up – no need to double handle to weigh, measure and comment (which usually takes me another week). All done!

The overall trend for shearing 2012 is a huge increase in weighty fleeces. While there were some exceptions in the older animals, the progeny from our US imports – from Rockefeller in 2006, to Durango, Kingsford, Ultimate Black, Gray Knight, Phantom and Maloha in 2010 – show dense, lustrous, silky handled fleece with a flat lock – ideal for processing.

My favourites were…

  • a brown/black/grey (appaloosa?) yearling male from Ultimate Black and our grey appaloosa Lequioa Rose. The handle of this fleece had to be felt to be believed – SOOOOO soft and silky. A flat lock with heaps of lustre. This boy will be watched closely!
  • a medium fawn yearling female by Durango and white National Champion Kim Wilde. Again the handle is exquisite, as is the lustre and flat lock.
  • a white 4 year old female by Rockefeller and Cordela. A soft, soft fleece with excellent locking and lustre – quite impressive for a female of this age.
  • a grey male of 19 months by Phantom and Secret Image. While suffering from his battles with the big boys in the back paddock in terms of dust and scruffiness, his fleece shows excellent lustre and a soft handle.

Photos below (click to see large version).

Time for Shearing
October 10th, 2012 by Julie
Baarrooka Handspun Yarns
June 18th, 2012 by Julie

I have been VERY busy meeting orders for handspun yarns – both natural coloured suri and huacaya and multifibre Art Yarns which include a multitude of natural and dyed fibres spun big and bold.  Fibre used in the Art Yarns (which I LOVE spinning) includes: suri (of course!) huacaya, merino (both commercially dyed rovings and hand carded from the poddy sheep), cross-bred wool, angora locks, silk, bamboo and bits and bobs of corriedale, sparkles, angelina, sari silk and even feathers!

I usually spin up one or two 100 g skeins, but can then take orders for jumper/vest/shawl lots as required.

Can’t wait to see some of them knitted up as, unfortunately I get very little time to knit any of this yarn.

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