We selected Cara as a month-old baby, then brought her and her dam to our farm as one of our two first crias. In terms of her fiber, she's one of our best. She is also an easily managed animal, breeding and birthing easily, and giving outstanding care to her own crias.
Xus (aka Spot)
Pattern, 842062, 1/4 Chilean, 3/4 Peruvian
Spot, as we call Xus, joined our herd in the spring of 2005. He almost immediately settled three of our females.
Update! Twelve beautiful crias have arrived and all look terrific!
Spot's dense fleece is amazingly free of guard hair, and as can be seen from his fiber analysis, the character of his fleece is much like that of a soft cria. When his fiber is spun into yarn, the colors blend to produce a lovely dark fawn color. And talk about how it feels against the skin...Wow!!!
The most special feature of Spot's fleece is his appaloosa pattern. His spots are prominent and numerous--just like we wanted. All of his crias will be special, but those that inherit his spots will be super special and quite unique! Check out his son, Enchanted Hill TyeDye (in our "Sold" list), who not only inherited his father's spots, but his wonderful temperament as well.
Cara has been one of our most dependable dams and this year she certainly played her trump card. This was her fourth cria, the fourth female, it is our first female appaloosa cria, and she was born on Joanie's birthday. What a deal!
Stella was born looking like a month-old alpaca. She had none of those bowed legs or weak pasterns. Within 10 minutes of birth, she was up and nursing, and then it was time for play.
Stella has beautiful fiber. As an appaloosa, Stella is unusual, but even more unusual is the fact that her spots are only one shade darker than the background color. Typically, appaloosas have much darker spots. So, Stella has a wonderful, heathery look with her speckled/freckled appearance.
We have bred Stella to Queen B Bodacious. This will represent one of the extremely rare cases where an appaloosa huacaya is bred to another appaloosa huacaya, thus creating a 75% chance of an appy cria. If this pattern is of interest to you, now is the time to take a serious look at this vigorous, young female.