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National 2010 Tamworth
October 19th, 2010 by Julie

We have returned from Tamworth, very tired but satisfied.  The Baarrooka team did well under fierce competition and came away again with a broad ribbon, as we have done at every National since 2004.  Our standout results were:

  • Baarrooka Lumina – 3rd in a very competitive Junior White female class;
  • Baarrooka Witchcraft – 1st Black Intermediate Female;
  • Baarrooka Dragon – 1st and Reserve Champion Senior Male on his 3rd fleece;
  • Baarrooka Topnotch – 2nd and Reserve Champion 30+ m fleece for her third fleece.
New Zealand Big Things!
July 8th, 2010 by Julie

While we were in New Zealand for the National Last year, Brioude & I came across a couple of ‘big things’ and took some snaps. On our recent holiday, we discovered the New Zealanders are more enamoured of the Big Thing than us Aussies! So, we had to continue the happy snaps. Here’s a selection.

NZ National Conference and Suri Fabric
July 6th, 2010 by Julie

I was asked to give a paper at the New Zealand Alpaca Conference in July on Environmental Management Systems in the Alpaca Industry. This paper is available in the Research section of the website. In addition to a great response to my paper, the conference provided some interesting information from the range of other speakers. It was particularly illuminating to listen to papers from experts in other industries, such as sheep, deer and cattle.

The highlight of the conference, however, was the display of exquisite suri fabric by the Gardners of Thistledown Alpacas. In co-operation with Julienne Gelber of Bumble Hill Alpacas in Australia, the long process of getting suri processed has come to fruition and the results are mind blowing. The quality of the fabric, particularly the fine men’s suiting was outstanding, and has renewed my enthusiasm for this magnificent fibre. To think that in the early days people used to say about suris: ‘they look nice, but you can’t do anything with the fibre”!

The plan is to have a NZ designer manufacture some garments from the fabric. I would like to see Australia’s Governor General, who is the epitome of good taste and elegance, in a suit from this suri fabric! It would also be great for all suri breeders to have the opportunity to purchase a sampler of these fabrics, to allow us to show others what the suri is all about.

For myself, I have returned home to review my white suri herd with the aim of producing ultra fine fleece of the correct length each year. This will mean Spring and Autumn shearing and selective breeding for fleece quality only. Breeding for the show ring is, in my opinion, not conducive to this aim, and even in the fleece classes, the fine, soft and consistent fleeces are not rewarded in the judging. This is something we will have to continue to work on.

Import of Coloured Suri Stud Males
May 3rd, 2010 by Julie

It might have seemed that things were quiet at Baarrooka lately, but that’s just because we have been SO busy we haven’t had time to blog.

Our much-awaited shipment of coloured stud males from the USA arrived in Australia on 8 March 2010. After 2 weeks in quarantine, we drove down to pick them up – with just a little apprehension about whether they were as good as I remembered! Well, needn’t have worried.  The sight of the six males, clean shaven, but glowing with depth of colour and lustre strolling up the lane to jump, one by one, into my trailer, without hesitation, was very satisfying. I wanted to keep them all to my self, but was quickly told I was being greedy by my 11 year old!

The 4 black, 1 grey and 1 brown are listed on our Stud Male page.  All shares in these males have been sold. All males retain their ARI registration, so offspring from ARI-registered dams can be registered on the ARI.

Visit to New Zealand National
September 30th, 2009 by Julie

Julie and Brioude decided to forgo the Melbourne Royal Show and instead attend the New Zealand National, held in Feilding, near Palmerston North.  We enjoyed the experience, but were surprised at how few coloured animals there were.  We were also amazed to see a trailer pull into the shed to offload the freshly cut grass for the alpacas to eat!

We visited a couple of local alpaca farms and did a lot of sight seeing around the beautiful countryside.

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