Over the weekend, progeny from the males imported from the US in 2010 certainly made their mark – at two different shows. Trish Robb took a large team of suris to the Goulburn colour Show while Baarrooka went to Alpacafest which had Best of Colour Awards for suri.
Trish was awarded Best Black Female, Best Black Male, Supreme Black Suri, Best Brown Male and Supreme Brown suri (amongst a swag of other ribbons) for progeny from ILR ABF Riptide’s Ultimate Black, ILR Cantano’s Phantom and ILR ABF Fine Threads Kingsford. Congratulations, Trish, your black suris are certainly up the top of the tree!
Meanwhile, down in Hamilton, the Baarrooka team of 3 progeny of ILR Moon River’s Peruvian Durango and 3 from Ultimate Black saw us receive:
- Baarrooka Ultimate Princess – second Junior Black
- Baarrooka Durango’s Acclaim – 1st Light Fawn Intermediate; Champion Intermediate, Best Light Fawn Female and Premier Light Fawn
- Baarrooka Durango’s Acclaim – 1st Medium/Dark Fawn, Reserve Champion Intermediate, Best Medium/Dark Fawn Female
- Baarrooka Durango’s Roam – 1st Light Fawn Intermediate; Best Light Fawn Male
- Baarrooka Ultimate Groove – second Intermediate Medium/Dark Fawn
- Baarrooka Ultimate Granite – 1st Intermediate Grey; Best Grey Male; Premier Grey
We are so happy with the results we are getting from these new boys – what a difference they are making to coloured suri breeding in Australia! I wonder if we should go back for some more…..
My first cria from one of black imports, Kingsford, has arrived and he is lovely! One of 3 ET cria from Kingsford and Baarrooka Topnotch, these are the only pregnancies we had before he went off to Western Australia for a year.
If this is an indication of what he produces, I can’t wait till we get him back!!
What a year for feed! Summer rainfall meant loads of grass all through summer and Autumn. The crias are growing like topsy and the females have never looked so good. The girls were put into the vineyard for winter and are now grazing the oats crop which self-seeded after we were unable to harvest it last summer. The cockies ate as much seed as they could, but it has still come up lush and thick. The alpacas will be taken out at the end of August, the paddock will be topped with my new toy – a super-duper mulcher – and then the paddock locked up until harvest.
We have mulched all the alpaca paddocks, which is cleaning up the long dead grass, but also adding organic matter to the soil and allowing the grasses to out-compete the cape weed. The improvement already is astounding. We will follow this up with another mulch and then topdress with our alpaca ‘tea’ which has been brewing through the winter. Have sorted out the first Spring birthing group of which 8 are ET progeny, so looking forward to those. These will be the last ET cria for a while as I am wanting to assess the new US boys with my different maternal lines naturally before I embark on more ET. And, as I have a good number of top quality females, it is not as important to undertake ET flushes.
Well, we have finished up our autumn birthing season and, frankly, thank goodness! There are about 70 of them. Luckily I instigated a system of ear tagging (with a very small, light tag) each cria as it hit the ground as they look VERY alike. In particular, I have a large bunch of dark fawn cria – mostly from Durango, but some from the black makes, that I would be hard pressed to tell apart if I didn’t have them tagged.
I am SO pleased with the entire drop. I really would like to thank Patrick Dishaw from East River Alpacas in the US for the opportunity to purchase such a phenomenal stud male as Durango. His cria are such a step up for coloured suris. I just can’t wait for them to grow up, though who will cover all his daughters has me thinking hard. I think Wild Card will my first choice, although this may be an opportunity to give some of the patient boys on stud row a chance to show me what they’ve got. It’s all very exciting, I can tell you.
Here are some photos of the older cria – more photos coming soon.