Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Emperor Has No Clothes!



Last Sunday was shearing day at at Rock Garden Alpacas.     


What this means for the alpacas is they get all their fiber shaved off.  


This is fabulous news for all of us waiting to see what the new season of fiber will bring and bad for the alpacas as they loose their clothes.       


 Until their fiber starts to grow back they're basically naked.  


However, this is really good for them coming into the hot summer months. 


They're a lot cooler without those heavy coats on.    


And, by shearing them at this time of the year it allows plenty of time for their coats to grow back.


After the shearing the fiber gets sorted and organized in piles as to where it's going.     


The "blankets" may be sent to the shows or processed, the 2nd and 3rd groups may be processed into roving, or may be  shipped off to the fiber banks, or cleaned and then processed and dyed or turned into batts by my sister. 


From the pictures I have to say that the fiber looks really, really good.   


Maybe some of it in one form or another will end up at the post office for "big" sister.  Hint! Hint!   

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Berberis


Rock Garden Alpacas Accoyo Berberis

Full Accoyo; Berberis has beautiful fine, crimpy,  thick fleece on him.  He was registered as white but is very possibly beige.  He has an unbelievably sweet gentle disposition and a very bright future ahead of him.  Just look at his lineage below - Legacy as his grandfather and both Caligular and Vengador as his great great grandfathers - what a fantastic bloodline!

Berberis's dam is Alpavos Accoyo Sunflower Girl whose mother was Accoyo Mayflower the grandaughter of both Caligular and Vengador

Berberis's sire is PHA Accoyo Stratosphere, a Legacy son, 4X Blue Ribbon Winner, 2 Get-of-Sires, who is known to produce black. Strat's cria have earned more than 35 championships and more than 70 blue ribbons in the show ring so far!




Berberis's Statistics

Formal Name: Rock Garden Alpacas Accoyo Berberis
ARI Number:  32370805
Born:  July 11, 2013
Type:  Male Huacaya
Primary Color: White
Status:  Unproven
Heritage:  Full Accoyo




Berberis's Lineage





Berberis's Photo Gallery


Newborn
7 months old









Dahlia



Rock Garden Alpacas Perucoyo Dahlia

Full Peruvian 5/8 Accoyo; Dahlia is a sweetheart with beautiful white fleece!  From day 1 she has been nothing but a pleasure full of energy that never stops!  We never expected her to be white - we were expecting a silver grey of some shade but I guess her Accoyo genes won out in this case.

Dahlia's dam is Bluestone Peruvian Roxy a full Peruvian 1/4 Accoyo dark silver grey girl who is a traditional grey with a tuxedo and all the wonderful markings and colors that traditional greys are known for.

Dahlia's sire is PHA Accoyo Stratosphere, a Legacy son, 4X Blue Ribbon Winner, 2 Get-of-Sires, who is known to produce black. Strat's cria have earned more than 35 championships and more than 70 blue ribbons in the show ring so far!







Dahlia's Statistics

Formal Name: Rock Garden Alpacas Perucoyo Dahlia
ARI Number:  32370812
Born:  June 12, 2013
Type:  Female Huacaya
Primary Color: White
Status:  Unproven
Heritage:  Perucoyo (Full Peruvian - 5/8 Accoyo)




Dahlia's Lineage






Dahlia's Photo Gallery


Newborn

3 weeks old

7 months old