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Friday, March 25, 2016

Our Herdsire Cosmo

Rock Gardens Accoyo Cosmo
AOA'S Top 5 EPD Trait Leader 2016 for Fleece Weight

If you are looking to add some great genetics and fantastic fiber stats to your herd, this        herdsire is for you!

Cosmo has once again been named one of AOA's Top 5 EPD Trait Leaders for 2016 in fleece weight and will be featured in their presentation during the Alpaca Owners Association National Show and Auction in 2017. Cosmo had also been named one of AOA's Top 5 EPD Trait Leaders for 2015 for fleece weight.

At 5 years of age, he once again continues to be in the Top 10% for AF #1825 out of 21089, SF #1796, %F>30 #812, %M #491 and MSL #346.

He has consistently been in the Top 1-10% for MSL, AFD, SF, %F>30, and %M since 2013

Cosmo is a Full Accoyo, white multiple ribbon winner with extremely heavy, crimpy, fine, dense fleece with a staple length of 4 3/4 + inches. His 2013 fiber shear weight at 2 years of age was 9.9 lbs with 4.5 lbs of it blanket weight. His 2014 fiber shear weight at 3 years of age was 15.2 lbs with 8 lbs blanket weight skirted to 6 lbs fleece weight for show (scoring 19.5 out of 20 possible points on the score cards). Cosmos micron count at age 1 was 16.6 with a 98.5% comfort factor; at age 2 it was 18.3 with a comfort factor of 97.2%; age 3 micron was 23 with a comfort factor of 88.6%; at age 4 was 24.5 with a comfort factor of 84.5% and currently at age 5 is 24.6 with a comfort factor once again of 84.5%.

It's in his genes to be a fantastic herdsire! His sire is SA Accoyo Invasion a Full Accoyo, beige who is the son of PPPeruvian Royal Fawn. 

His dam is Alpavo’s Accoyo Sunflower Girl a Full Accoyo, white, whose sire was Accoyo Pinachi, adding a proven, yet rare Accoyo genetic to his pedigree. 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.  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. Vengador was the son of Shere Khan, Don Julio Barredos most famous Accoyo herdsire and one that he viewed to be "the perfect alpaca". 

Sunflower has consistently placed within the Top 1% 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.

Cosmo started his breeding career in 2014. We bred him to our 2 girls, Ivy and Zinnia.

Ivy was also a Top 5 EPD Trait Leader for 2015 for the Trait Standard Deviation of AFD and was featured in a presentation at AOA Nationals in 2016. She was a Top 5 Leader for the same trait in 2013 and just missed by 1 in 2014. At the age of 10 she currently ranks at #18 out of 39442 for SDAFD placing her in the Top 1%, she also places in the Top 1% for %F>30 at # 201. She is in the Top 10% for AFD at #2040, SF #1141, MC #611 and SDMC #1012.

This pairing produced a beautiful dark fawn girl with fine, long, crimpy, dense fleece exhibiting all the characteristics of both of her parents. We named her Rock Garden's Perucoyo Peony. Her 1st year fiber stats were fantastic! 18.5 microns, Standard Deviation 4.7, Coefficient 25.2%, Spin Fineness, 18.7, Fibers>30 1.9% with a comfort factor of 98.1%. Her very first EPD report places her in the Top 1% for %F>30 at #388 and the Top 5% for AFD #1317, SDAFD #1366, SF #1129, MC #569 and %M #510.

Zinnia is Ivy's 2011 cria who is a multiple ribbon winner who has consistently placed in the Top 10% on ARI's EPD Trait Leaders report in 2013, 2014, 2015 and now 2016 for the traits of SDAFD, SF, %F>30, MC, and SDMC. 

This pairing produced an exceptional medium fawn girl; we named Rock Garden's Perucoyo Gladiola, who also has beautiful long, fine, crimpy, dense fiber just like her parents. Again we are pleased with her first year fiber stats.  Micron of 21.3, Standard Deviation of 5.0, Co-efficient 23.3%, Spin Fineness 21.1, Fibers>30 4.9% with a comfort factor of 95.1%. Her very first EPD trait report shows 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.

Cosmo's 2017 cria:

In 2016 Cosmo was once again bred to Ivy this breeding produced a bright white, silky fibered BEW boy who we named Periwinkle (Wink for short).  So apparently Cosmo, my full accoyo white, has a white spot and therefore, 1 white spot gene. If thinking about breeding to him then careful consideration would have to be made as to who to breed to him. When you breed him to a solid color, half the time he will produce an animal with a spot. And of course if you breed to an animal with a white spot then you may produce a BEW. I had bred him to Ivy 2 years ago and got Peony who is the spitting image of her mother - white spot on face and top knot - so of course I thought she had gotten the spot from Ivy.....

We had also bred Cosmo to our girl Petunia - who is Zinnia's daughter and Ivy's granddaughter, this pairing produced a very crimpy, dense, long fleeced little boy that we have named Digitalis (Digit for short). He appears to be a solid beige color at this time. 

Cosmo's breeding fee currently remains a introductory amount of $500.00 (drive-bys).

Cosmo would love to breed to one of your girls - please visit our Openherd site for more info.

Cosmo's Statistics

Formal Name: Rock Garden's Accoyo Cosmo
ARI Number:  ARI#32193350
Born:  July 16, 2011
Type:  Male Huacaya
Primary Color:  White
Status:  Proven
Heritage:  Full Accoyo

AOA'S TOP 5 EPD TRAIT LEADER 2015 and 2016 Fleece Wt.

4th Place 2012 American Fiber Rally - Fleece – Judge’s remarks: “Excellent fineness and uniformity”

2nd Place 2013 American Fiber Rally - Fleece - Judge's remarks:"soft hand with nice brightness" 

1st Place 2014 Hummdinger Show – Fleece – Judge Wini Lebreque remarked “Well-structured fleece with exceptional weight holding good crimp definition. Total Score of 81.5 points

2nd Place 2014 Empire Alpaca Show – Fleece – Judge Cheryl Gehly remarked “Good brightness and character throughout this heavy fleece." Total Score of 80 points

4th Place 2015 Alpaca Owners Association Nationals - Fleece - Judge Wini Lebreque noted "Above average fleece in a highly competitive class." Total Score of 80.5 points

Cosmo's Photo Gallery

Cosmo - July 2011

Cosmo - November 2011

Cosmo - February 2012

 March 2013

September 2014

                                                             December 2015

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