Update June 2016: Nikki and our herdsire, Sir Ashtan, produced a wonderful cria, Miss Dakota Rose! We see alot of gray in Dakota's head, legs and neck! She is a strong cria, with nice crimp and density even at such a young age!
Nikki's first cria, Miss Montana Rose is showing all the genetics... strong bone, deep fleece density (and crimpy!). Take a look at what a beautiful gray she turned out to be!
Miss Nikki Rose is a sweet female with wonderful temperament, she is wearing that rare non-fading black fleece with nice density, crimp structure and fineness we expect in our black breeding programs. Looking for a solid foundation true black female??? Nikki may be your new girl! Nikki has beautiful crimp structure that melts into butter as you start separating the fiber. We have a nice size sample, just ask!!
Her bloodline is extensive with Alpaca Knight's Mr Sparks-TB-stunning non fading true black!!! Legend's Challenger of KPR-LSG, 5Peruvian Royal Inca Legend-
What a surprise when our foundation dam Blossom gave birth!... Bred to the multi-ribbon and get-a-sire winner Charles P. Atlas, we did not expect a modern dark silver gray! Charlie has only 2 other modern gray's on record, and he pulled off another stunner in Ashtan.
Ashtan from birth exhibited the crimp style that we expect when breeding the genetics of 4Peruvian Matador/PPeruvian Timoteo crossed with Jeronimo/Silvio/Royal Fawn. You feel the finess and comfort but see the crimp structure. The one thing that everyone (including his first show judge) cannot help but comment on: He is stunning looking - big bold full covered legs, nice square body and oh.. his head (another Charlie attribute).
Competing in his first show this fall, we made the mistake of getting him into a show that did not have alot of Rose Gray entries .. he was competing against much lighter silver color grays... but he still took a third! The judge commented on his perfect conformation (best in class),
With the generations of black and gray producers in her background, we expect Dakota to be able to produce black and/or gray crias. The strength of Dakota's genetic propensity is her late grand-sire, Charles P. Atlas. Charlie won multiple color championships, first place ribbons and get-a-sire. He was known for his offspring continuing his legacy with outstanding show results. On Dakotas dam side is the nationally known gray producer, Legend's Challenger of KPR and the industry standards for black, Macintosh and Black Epic.
Fleece characteristics: Color- Consistent light fawn color in her neck, prime fleece and legs Length - cria tipped in mid-July, her fleece is now 4 1/2 inches with an expected shear length of 5 1/2 inches Handle: A soft, silky feeling fleece that indicates a consistency in micron Crimp- A structured fleece with a high amplitude (aka many crimps per inch) that is present from skin to tip ends. The same crimp structure exists across her blanket, neck and legs. Micron- to be tested after shearing. We expect 17-19 microns (based on other alpacas we have had evaluated)
Conformation characteristics: Bone structure- strong bone structure showing perfectly straight legs and well developed knees Body- even distribution of 1/3 neck, body and legs (alpaca standard) Stance- stands balanced and properly aligned on all 4 legs Gate- coordinated movement between front and back legs on each side Pronk- Dakota loves to pronk with a solid 'bounce' using all four legs, holding herself upright and in control
Personality: Dakota has a curious nature, wanting to investigate what is going on. She will approach and likes to sniff your forehead. She picks her spot to eat in but will move if push out. She is a good 'herd mate' and socializes with other alpacas.