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 Enchanted Hill Jelly Bean for a May 2017 cria. 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
Bo is the superlative herdsire we've been waiting on, with all our requirements wrapped into one--great conformation, super fiber, laid-back personality, and an outstanding pedigree. Add to that his wonderful appaloosa spots found scattered from head to toe, and we've got a winner. Oh!!!! If he were just ready to breed! But he's worth the wait.
Summer '09 update: The ultrasound confirms we have six Bo crias on the way, due in the spring of 2010.
Bo's dam, Calliope, is from the best-known U.S. herd for producing premier appaloosas--Dewey Meadows. And Calliope just may very well be the best they've ever had. It was a smart move when Becca Black, Queen B Alpacas, purchased Calliope, a first step in creating Bo. Check out Calliope's photos to see the quintessential huacaya, dressed in appaloosa spots.
The next step in the creation of Bo was the selection of his sire, the world-renown Accoyo, Ppperuvian El Moustachio. Coming from the Don Julio Barreda herd, whe
Cloud hit the ground running. His dam, noted for her milking ability, provided the nourishment both in utero and ex utero, so Cloud grew and grew, and is still growing. His conformation is nice and so is his fiber.
Though he looks very light, Cloud is a beige appaloosa. His spots are few in number but they are there, so that means an appaloosa gene is there. That's not surprising at all since both of his parents are appaloosa. So, if you're shopping for one of those rare appaloosa males, take a second look.
Cloud has now been weaned and we're working on learning to lead. He seems to be a fast learner so things are going well.
Cloud is best friends with Starburst, another appy cria that was born this past season. Because they're the only two young males we have, we'd like them to go together to a new herd, so we're offering them as a package at the same price as has been set for them individually. Yes, that's a little unusual, but it seems like a win-win situation for both of these boys as well as their buyer. Give us a call if you'd like more information--and thanks for visiting our site.