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Thursday, January 19, 2017

We Are A Small Farm But................


Our farm - Rock Garden Alpacas -  is located in Oxford, NY. We started our adventure into alpaca farming in 2011 with 2 bred females from Ideuma Creek Alpacas,  Alpavos Accoyo Sunflower Girl and Gianna's Peruvian Ivy.

Six years later we have 15 alpacas - 10 females and 5 males plus 2 on the way for 2017.

Of those 15 alpacas 12 of them are in the Top 1 - 10% of AOA's Top EPD Trait Leaders Report for 2016, with our herdsire Cosmo again ranking among the Top 5 alpacas for fleece weight.

Rock Gardens Accoyo Cosmo

Our herdsire Cosmo - Top 5 EPD Trait Leader in Fleece Weight for 2016 and previously for 2015. Continues to be in the Top 10% for AFD, SF, %F>30, %M and MSL at the age of 6.

Gianna's Peruvian Ivy

Ivy was a Top 5 EPD Trait Leader for SDAFD in 2013 and 2015, missed by 1 in 2014 (was #6) and at 10 years of age is currently #18 out of 39,442 alpacas in SDAFD placing her at the Top 1%, she also remains in the Top 1% for %F>30 and is in the Top 10% for AFD, SF, MC, and SDMC.

Rock Garden's Perucoyo Peony

The 2015 cria of Cosmo and Ivy; Peony's very first EPD report places her in the Top 1% for %F>30 and the Top 5% for AFD, SDAFD, SF, MC and %M.

We have repeated this breeding for a 2017 cria.

Rock Garden's Perucoyo Zinnia

Zinnia, the 2011 cria of Ivy has consistently placed in the Top 1-10% since 2013 and remains in the Top 10% for SDAFD, SF, %F>30, and MC.

Rock Garden's Perucoyo Gladiola

Gladiola, the 2015 cria of Cosmo and Zinnia, Gladiola's very first EPD report places her in the Top 1% for FW, the Top 10% for %F>30, MC and %M and the Top 15% for AFD, SDAFD and SF.

 Rock Garden Alpacas Perucoyo Iris

Iris, the 2013 cria of Zinnia, the Top 10% for SDAFD.

Alpavo's Accoyo Sunflower Girl

Sunflower, the dam of Cosmo, Berberis and Stachys has consistently placed in the Top 1% for MSL and FW since 2013 and is in the Top 10% for %M.

Rock Garden's Accoyo Stachys

Stachys, the 2015 cria of Sunflower; his first EPD report places him in the Top 10% for AFD, SF, %F>30 and the Top 15% for SDAFD, %M and MSL.

Rock Garden Alpacas Accoyo Berberis

Berberis, the 2013 cria of Sunflower the Top 10% for FW and the Top 15% for SDAFD and %F>30.

 Rock Garden's HR Montauk

Montauk has once again placed in the Top 1% for AFD at # 92 out of 21089, SF at #113, %F>30 at #46 and the Top 10% for SDAFD at #803, MC at #675 and %M at #290. In 2015 he was in the Top 1% for AFD, SF, %F>30 and the Top 10% for SDAFD, MC and %M.

Ideuma Creek's Peruvian Masquerade

Masquerade has consistently been in the Top 1% for MSL since 2014. Currently at #37 out of 21089.

Rock Garden's Peruvian Marigold

Even our 2015 cria Marigold, daughter of Masquerade, places in the Top 10% for MSL.

All in all - pretty good for a small farm.............










Stachys


ROCK GARDEN'S ACCOYO STACHYS

Soft and fine doesn't even begin to describe this boy - 2016 Fiber Stats: 16.4 microns with a 99.3% comfort factor. 2017 Fiber Stats: 17.6 microns with a 97.7% comfort factor; Mean Staple Length 121.2mm.  Stachys is exhibiting the same characteristics as his grandsire,  Accoyo Pinachi - on his dam, Sunflower's side; adding a proven, yet rare Accoyo genetic to his pedigree. Stachys's first EPD Report at the age of 1 places him in the Top 10-15% of the National Herd for all but 2 of the traits.

His grandsire Accoyo Pinachi was one of the best alpacas to come from one of the last imports from Peru in 1998. Personally selected by Julio Sumar for Derwydd Alpacas; Pinachi's fleece was super dense, bundled and crimpy with a high sheen, as is Stachy's.  Pinachi died in 2007 from pneumonia and with only 38 cria on the ground, his incredible genetics are very rare, very sought after and can no longer be reproduced. Sunflower Girl was the very last cria sired by Pinachi. Sunflower's dam is Accoyo Mayflower, a Caligular and Vengador grandaughter who also has extraordinarily dense, crimpy, fine fleece. A beautiful alpaca with the elite fleece characteristics that high quality, well bred Accoyos are known for.

Sunflower has consistently placed within the Top 1% of AOA'S National Herd EPD Traits for MSL and FW and the Top 10% for %M since 2013 with her most recent being #68 out of 39442 for MSL, #173 for FW and #1070 for %M. Her first cria, a male, who we named Rock Gardens Accoyo Cosmo, is a 2015 & 2016 Top 5 EPD Trait Leader for FW and since 2013 has continually been in the Top 1% and 10% for most of the other traits.

Stachy's sire is Ideuma Creek's Accoyo Truman; who also comes from top notch genetics. His dam is Accoyo Venice, a maternal granddaughter of Victor and a paternal granddaughter of Royal Fawn. Venice comes by her Royal Fawn genetics through her sire, 4X champion, 11X blue ribbon winner and 3X get-of-sire winner, Accoyo Maverick. Truman's sire is Accoyo Stratosphere, a 5X blue ribbon winning Legacy son who has more than 40 champion cria on the ground. In short Truman blends Victor, Royal Fawn and Legacy genetics.




Stachys's Statistics

Formal Name: Rock Garden's Accoyo Stachys
ARI Number:  35110958
Born:  08/06/15
Type:  Male Huacaya
Primary Color:  White
Status: Unproven
Heritage:  Full Accoyo




Stachys's Photo Gallery








Marigold


ROCK GARDEN'S PERUVIAN MARIGOLD

Medium Rose Grey! Beautiful long fleece that spins like a dream and is perfect for felting artists and weavers. Marigolds MSL placed her in the top 10% of AOA'S EPD Testing Results of the 2016 National Herd.

Marigold is the 2015 cria of our two greys, her dam is our girl Bluestone Peruvian Roxy, Roxy is a beautiful full Peruvian 1/4 Accoyo dark silver grey girl. She is a traditional grey with a tuxedo and all the wonderful markings and colors traditional greys are known for. Roxy'a Dam is Bujorian's Peruvian Opal - a full peruvian, 1/2 Accoyo, white alpaca who is the daughter of C Peruvian Accoyo Don Quijote a Full Peruvian Accoyo - white - in-utero import with "possibly the rarest champion Accoyo genetics in the Country". Roxy's Sire is Alpacarosa Peruvian Picasso a Full Peruvian Tuxedo Style Bay Black with fleece that excels in density and length.

Marigold's sire is our herdsire Ideuma Creek's Peruvian Masquerade who comes from full Peruvian lineage. With the blend of browns, black and grey his potential to throw color is wonderful. He has beautiful long fiber - average staple length of 4 3/4 inches ranking him in the top 1% for MSL in the 2014, 2015 & 2016 AOA EPD Testing Results of the National Herd.


MARIGOLD'S STATISTICS

Formal Name: Rock Garden's Peruvian Marigold
ARI Number:  35110941
Born: 05/24/15
Type:  Female Huacaya
Primary Color: Medium Rose Grey
Status:  Unproven
Heritage: Full Peruvian


MARIGOLD'S PHOTO GALLERY





MARIGOLD'S AWARDS

3rd Place AOA National Fleece Show 2016