10/8/10 Update: @ 12 yrs old Java produced her 10th cria-a charcoal gray daughter of Champ 1/2 Accoyo SilverSun whose IgG was >2000! (pics coming soon!)
Java is the alpha female on our farm and one of my FIRST alpacas.
Java is one of those foundation dams worth their weight in gold - great crias that sell like hotcakes (even when you would prefer to keep every one!) Java produces crias that are exceptionally healthy with soft handling fleeces that have density, staple length & good crimp. Java also passes on her friendly personality and great conformation. Java has produced 3 maroons, 4 grays, a black, and a fawn gray. For 6 consecutive crias, Java alternated girl, boy, girl, etc. Cria number 7 broke the trend with a gorgeous maroon half accoyo boy with bay black markings. In 2006, we were very excited to be able to add one of Java's daughters to our foundation herd, WGA Honey Rose!
In 2008, Java was due with cria in late November and when she appeared to be laboring with difficulty, I scrubbed & gloved up. My worst nightmare...full breech baby with mom in serious labor. While our vet was able to remove the cria & despite efforts to revive him, he did not make it. Considering the lateness of the year, I chose to wait until Spring to try rebreeding Java. The vet exam of the cervix discovered some scar tissue so we weren't sure if she would be able to hold another pregnancy. After 8 healthy consecutive crias & our breech baby, if that had been it for her Java would have well-earned her retirement. That Spring when Java lost 2 pregnancies beyond day 35, I wondered again if that was it. Fall arrived & Java persistently indicated she was ready to breed so we gave her one more opportunity & she conceived on that single breeding.
The healing power of these alpacas never ceases to amaze me.
Awards Received Offspring Awards:
1. Jamocha Jive: 4th Alpacarama 2001-Halter, 3rd AOBA 2002-Halter. Jamocha's 1st cria, Linnea just won RESERVE CHAMPION Gray Huacaya Female at the 2005 North American Alpaca Show!