Written on July 29, 2015 at 3:37 pm
It seems that no matter how long you’ve been keeping alpacas there’s always lots of new learning. First of all we bought three pet boys, one of which was just 10 months old. When an experienced alpaca keeper suggested he was quite good, we boldly entered him into a show six weeks after acquiring him. Much to our shock and amazement he came home with a Third Rosette, just 2 weeks into the intermediate male class and still with his first fleece.
Twelve months later, after an incredible amount of research and many visits to well-established alpaca farms, we bought our first two pregnant females at considerable cost. This was the foundation of our small breeding herd. From the outset, we have looked to buy stock with good genetics, good conformation, fine workable fleece and importantly, good temperament. Temperament has always been important to us because of the large number of visitors, and particularly children we receive on our farm. Every year we have looked at our herd, assessed fleeces and conformation, and planned our small breeding programme. This really has been a steep learning curve with some successes and some disappointments.
Towards the tail end of last year and during the earlier part of this year we found ourselves again doing lots of research. As we took all this, buzzing in our heads to the BAS National Show, we found, as always, so much inspiration. (It seems that year by year the National is showing us an ever increasing stand of breeding in this country).
By now, we were much clearer about the direction we wished to be moving the profile of our herd in. Shortly after the show, we arranged a visit to Inca Alpacas in Dorset to look at Tim Hey’s herd and particularly some of his available studs. An impressive herd indeed with a high level of elite genetics.
On this visit, we found Inca Grampian and were very taken with him – he just seemed to fit the bill with so many of the characteristics we were looking for. Although as yet he doesn’t have any crib on the ground; there are some expected at the tail end of this season. We look forward to hearing about them and seeing them with eager anticipation!
After negotiating a half share in Grampian, he arrived with us towards the end of June. Since then, we incessantly talk about him and ogle him standing so regally on our paddocks. He just glides across the fields with neck held high and showing that impressive head with his intelligent, inquisitive nature. He is working over many of our girls and is a competent and considerate lover. He is extremely competent with both the experienced and first-time females. We have decided to offer a maximum of five ‘outside’ matings. We are so confident that his work with us will inevitably raise the profile of our herd and we feel we really want to offer his services to other herds.
All our visitors are nothing but impressed with him. All the indications so far are that we are able to move confidently into a new, exciting chapter of Mulberry Alpacas! To learn more about anything in this article you can contact us here.← Go Back