"Pearl" is a full sister to Captain Nemo. Her first cria was rose grey when bred to rose grey (Kaspa). She just gave us a beautiul little girl out of Julius Caesar who appears to be a beige so far. She's a wonderful mom and a very easy keeper.
Light Rose Grey, 833517, Chilean
I saw and felt his fleece when visiting Patagonia and decided I wanted some of those genetics. Kaspa has produced silver and rose grey offspring.
Sometimes you have to make hard decisions that make sense to no one but yourself.
Contender has always been one of my favorites on the farm. He has a mellow personality, gets along well with his 7 pen mates, and is smart (he places when shown in performance classes, even with children at AOBA sanctioned shows). But, those attributes aside, Contender has wonderful conformation and a beautiful fleece with well defined crimp to the tips that keeps improving as he gets older. He is usually placed with silver greys when shown and still does well. I spun some of the 2006 cut into yarn, plyed it with Lightning's and knit the skein into a hat, scarf and mitten set for my second grandchild, Cadence, after her birth, so you know it has to be soft.
So why did I geld him?
I don't have a grey breeding program, I didn't want to sell him, and as a breeding male my grandkids or 4H kids would no longer be able to enjoy him. His biggest value for me is as a PR/4H/grandkids alpaca so it seemed wrong to leave him intact.
He continues to make many children (and myself) happy. If I had my choice of only two alpacas on the farm it would be Valerian and Contender.
He is not for sale but I felt an explanation was needed when a search on ARI is done and you see the word "gelded" and wonder why.
Awards Received 1st 2206 MIAF 1/4 3rd Big E 3/6 1st Big E Showmanship (beating a large class and a National winner) 3rd 2006 Buckeye 3/6